It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to  ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life. R U OK? has released resources, tips and ideas to help you drive genuine […]

A joint venture between government and the private sector has produced a new treatment for PTSD sufferers. Joint research between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defence and the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has informed the development of a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), involving intensive exposure therapy. The Rapid Exposure […]

The Australian Government has today committed $55 million to better support the wellbeing of Australian Veterans. This commitment consists of $22 million in funding to provide psychiatric assistance dogs to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and $33 million to extend access to free medical treatment for veterans. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh […]

CHARLES McMoran Wilson enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a 32- year-old specialist physician on the declaration of war in August 1914. As 1Bn Royal Fusiliers RMO until 1917, then senior medical officer at a large hospital at Boulogne, France he was intimately familiar with the multiple physical and mental injuries suffered by […]

The COVID-19 situation is evolving and Defence must respond accordingly. Defence is committed to remaining an exemplar in the whole of government response to COVID-19 and this includes aligning with State and Territory Government arrangements, where practicable. The following information has been endorsed by the Defence COVID19 Taskforce and is issued to assist you, your […]

National Cabinet met today to discuss our response to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, new approaches to test, trace isolate and quarantine including the use of rapid antigen tests (RATs) and the vaccine rollout and booster programme. The Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly provided an update on the spread of the Omicron variant. Omicron […]

The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) welcomes the release of the fourthAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Report on suicide amongmembers of the ADF and Veteran communities. It is timely. In speaking on behalf of DFWA, its National President, Mr Kel Ryan, said that the report is a salutary reminder that we all must […]

The Australian Government has today received a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) into the rate of suicide among serving and former-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Report outlines that of the almost 373,500 men and women who have served over the past 36 years, tragically 1,273 have […]

The Repatriation Medical Authority (the Authority) gives notice under section 196G of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (the VEA) that, pursuant to subsection 196B(7A) of the VEA, it intends to carry out an investigation in respect of xylene as a factor in sensorineural hearing loss. This investigation will be carried out in the context of […]

For your information, please find report for the first responders trek held in SA from 18 to 23 April.  Although the target was first responders, two ex-military expressed a desire to attend and were admitted.  This is not the first time first responders have attended with military as the illness is not limited to bangs […]