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17 Nov 2018
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13 Nov 2018
Australian Veterans Covenant
AIR FORCE Assoc. (NSW) Inc
0418 261 528
29 Oct 2018
Media Release: RECOGNISING AND RESPECTING OUR VETERANS
THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
THE HON DARREN CHESTER MP
MINISTER FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS; MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL; MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
Saturday, 27 October 2018
RECOGNISING AND RESPECTING OUR VETERANS
Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our Government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia.
We understand the home front is just as important as the front line.
Our Government will develop an Australian Veterans’ Covenant that will be enacted in legislation so the nation can recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.
Like the United Kingdom Armed Forces Covenant, the Australian Veterans’ Covenant is for the Australian community to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who commit to defend the nation, and pledge their commitment to support veterans and their families.
As part of this Veterans’ Covenant, a new Australian Veterans’ Card and an Australian Veterans’ Lapel Pin will make it easier for all Australians to recognise and respect the unique contribution that veterans have made to Australia and for our veterans to reconnect with others who have served.
As we have seen throughout the Invictus Games and in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice, Australians want to acknowledge and show respect for our veterans who have given so much in their service.
Businesses, government and community organisations can also play their part in recognising and respecting those who have served. The card and the pin can help these organisations identify veterans when they aren’t wearing their uniform or medals, so they can offer discounts and extra support.
The new Card and Lapel Pin will for the first time enable everyone across the nation to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service and support the more than 300,000 veterans in Australia and their families. The Prime Minister will be writing to businesses and communities to urge them to recognise the service of our veterans.
In addition to the record $11.2 billion annual support our government delivers for veterans and their families, we will invest $11.1 million in these measures to deliver a national approach to recognise veterans and will further consult defence and veterans communities in coming weeks.
We will also deliver $6.7 million to develop the SoldierOn Fussell House accommodation facility to be co-located at the Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney that the NSW Berejiklian Government is investing more than $340 million to rebuild. This includes the National Centre for Veterans Health – an Australian first, state of the art centre for specialised health care for veterans.
Named for Lieutenant Michael Fussell who was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation, the facility will house up to 40 veterans and their families at a time and will especially benefit those from regional and rural areas when veterans are getting treatment.
Our Government will also invest $7.6 million for the Kookaburra Kids Defence Program to boost their targeted support to children of ex-serving defence force members who are experiencing mental health issues due to their service.
The Kookaburra Kids Defence Program was first supported by our government with a $2.1 million injection in a pilot program in NSW, the ACT, Queensland and the NT for 569 children, and this extra investment will see the program expand into Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia for 1,750 children.
As a country we can always do more to recognise and back in our veterans. Our government is committed to setting Australia up to support the veterans of today and tomorrow.
Prime Minister’s Press Office: (02) 6277 7744
Minister Chester’s Office: Whilemina Prendergast, 0427 672 815
22 Oct 2018
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Prostate Cancer study “Navigate”
Low-risk prostate cancer often grows very slowly or not at all, yet men faced with this diagnosis report more difficulty making a treatment decision than any other cancer clinical group.
The Navigate clinical trial needs participants to take part in a study assessing a new on-line tool designed to help navigate their treatment options. The website has been developed by a team of experts and men with first-hand experience of prostate cancer.
Who is this study for?
· Men who have been diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer within the last three months
· Who are still deciding on their treatment options
· And one treatment option includes Active Surveillance (to be confirmed with your doctor)
How do I find out more?
Check the eligibility criteria and register your interest at www.navigateprostate.com.au. Partners are welcome to participate.
This Swinburne University funded project is recruiting both online and from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Cabrini Health, Austin Health, Alfred Health and Western Health.
Navigate Research Team
25 Sep 2018
Cathy McGowan - Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme