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DVA Health Consultative Forum


Key aims of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Health Consultative Forum (the Forum) include: 

  • promoting and supporting collaboration and partnership between the DVA and peak bodies representing the health sector
  • addressing health issues of strategic importance to the ex-service and defence communities
  • assisting DVA in setting strategic health directions for the medium to long term

Meeting dates 2016

  • Wednesday 23 March – Video conference        
  • Thursday 28 July – Video conference 
  • Thursday 27 October – Face to face


Membership of the Forum comprises DVA ex-officio members and representatives from a number of key health associations. The ex-service and veterans' perspective is provided by a representative from a DVA National Consultation Framework forum

Membership of the forum is comprised of the following:

Association members

Table of Association members
Organisation Member's name Appointment commenced
Australasian Podiatry Council (key note 1) Mr Damian Mitsch 13/11/2015
Australian Dental Association Dr Carmelo Bonanno 13/11/2015
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Dr Linc Thurect 27/06/2016
Australian Medical Association Dr Richard Kidd  13/11/2015
Australian Physiotherapy Association (key note 1) Ms Nada Martinovic 13/11/2015
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Ms Kathy Godwin 13/11/2015
Australian Private Hospitals Association  Ms Emma Bognar 13/11/2015
Australian Psychological Society (key note 1) Mr Tony McHugh 13/11/2015
Ex-service/veteran association Commander John Hodges RAN (Ret'd) 16/02/2016
Optometry Australia Mr Simon Hanna 13/11/2015
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Mr Ian Todd 13/11/2015
Rural Doctors Association of Australia Dr Ian Kamerman 13/11/2015
Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health Ms Petra Bovery-Spencer  13/11/2015

    Key note 1: a member or friend of Allied Health Professionals Australia

DVA ex-officio members

  • Chair, Assistant Secretary, Programme Management Branch
  • Principal Medical Adviser
  • Director, Programme Reform, Assurance & Sector Engagement
  • Director, Health Programmes


Terms of Reference and Operating Principles 

Meeting summaries and papers



Member submission coversheet


Department of Veterans’ Affairs 
GPO Box 9998
Canberra ACT 2601


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