RSL National President re-elected and looking ahead
A message from the RSLA
On 17 October, the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSLA), held its AGM in Canberra, during which Greg Melick was re-elected for a second three-year term as the RSL National President.
Senior Counsel and retired Army Reserve Officer Greg Melick has had an extensive and varied career with experience on many prominent councils and boards. His renewed Presidency provides an opportunity to continue to oversee various projects that will take the RSL forward as part of its National Strategic Plan.
A key focus for RSLA in 2022 and for the next two years is its continued support and contributions to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The RSL wants to ensure the veteran community feels supported through the process and that the best outcomes are achieved through its findings and recommendations. Among the recommendations that have arisen from the Interim Report's findings, the RSL sees an opportunity to increase the level of collaboration within the ex-service organisation (ESO) community and to develop new solutions that will make finding and accessing the services available to our veteran community easier.
National ESO Forum
In an effort to better coordinate ESO efforts, the RSL hosted a National ESO Forum in mid-November to foster discussion and collaboration on the findings of the Royal Commission. The RSLA would like to see these forums become regular events. The topics would evolve, but the purpose of collaboratively finding ways to improve the delivery of services and support would remain at the core. Find out more on the RSL Events website.
Veterans' Catalogue app pilot launched
Acknowledging the complexity of the veteran community's support system, which has also been a common theme reported through the Royal Commission’s hearings, RSLA has partnered with technology provider Servulink to deliver a web application designed to streamline and simplify the path to support. Launched on 1 November, the Veterans' Catalogue app empowers veterans and families to more easily find and connect with the services and support they need when they need them. Find out more: www.rslaustralia.org/veterans-catalogue or use the QR code below.
The RSL continues to develop its RSL Active program, supporting various events and initiatives that encourage veterans to get out, get active and connect with like-minded people. In recent months RSL Active Strava Clubs have gained a lot of traction as a virtual sports club where people can share, view, celebrate and participate in group challenges via the Strava App. The two RSL Active Clubs established for runners/walkers and cyclists now have several hundred participants each and continue to grow. Find out more: www.rslaustralia.org/rsl-strava-club