DVA list of accepted service-related conditions extended

The attached DVA media release from September 2016 outlines the 13 conditions that will be automatically accepted as service caused if diagnosed by the veteran’s doctor. This has now been extended to 40 conditions (provided in the attachment), either accepted through a streamlined process or straight though using the online MyGov login. Please take the time to read the information.

DVA 40 Straight Through and Streamlined Conditions accepted as service-related

Generous Sub-Branch Donations received

On the 14th September, Cr Adam Spagnolo presented a $2000 cheque from the City of Stirling, and a special donation of $800 from the Stirling IGA (Richard Maio), to the Sub-Branch.

We are very grateful for these donations and express our thanks to the City of Stirling and Stirling IGA in assist us to provide support to our Sub-Branch members.


Notice of Committee appointments and call to fill remaining vacancies

The following committee positions were appointed during the Sub-Branch AGM on Friday 14th September for a three-year term:

President – Norm Wells

Vice-President – Dan Byles

Junior Vice-President – Doug Riddle

Secretary – Mike Nel

Treasurer – Isabel Parker

The remaining vacant committee positions can be filled at any future monthly general meeting.  Members are encouraged to consider applying for these positions – any help, large or small, will be gratefully appreciated !

  • Sub-Branch Warden
  • Social Catering Coordinator
  • Short-term Projects Coordinator
  • Inventory & Property Coordinator
  • Project Assistant / Coordinator
  • Committee Member (General Duties)

Further information on these positions is provided in the Committee Position Information Document

New Practitioner Support Service to assist in veteran mental health treatment

*DVA Media Release*

VETERANS in rural and remote areas will have improved access to mental health experts through a Federal Government initiative.

A new Practitioner Support Service (PSS) that will provide expert advice and consultation to doctors and agencies around Australia who are supporting and treating veterans with mental health issues, was launched today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.

Mr Chester said that these professionals when working with veterans who have complex issues will now be able to gain access to a panel of highly experienced veteran and military mental health specialists.

“This initiative will strengthen the ability of health professionals and ex-service organisations across Australia to provide appropriate support to veterans in need,” Mr Chester said.

“The service can be accessed by calling 1800 VET777 or through the Phoenix Australia website which also provides links to best practice and professional development.

“A general practitioner, for example working with an individual veteran, in a rural or remote setting will be able to get expert specialist advice on how to best treat and support an individual with complex PTSD, pain or other mental health issues.

In 2016, the Australian Government provided $6 million to Phoenix Australia to establish the Centenary of Anzac Centre (the Centre) to target early intervention for mental health treatment for veterans. The Centre comprises a Treatment Research Centre and a PSS.

The Centre will investigate and test new treatments for PTSD and other mental health conditions and provide expert advice and support to mental health practitioners.

“The PSS is the second arm of the Centre and aims to provide a multidisciplinary focus and guidance on the treatment of complex mental health problems in veterans and military personnel.

“The PSS will engage with a network of clinical experts and other leaders in the field to ensure specific advice is matched to practitioners’ needs and will use a variety of communication methods to ensure the service is available to all practitioners.

“Phoenix Australia has been an international leader in veteran and military posttraumatic mental health for over 20 years, and through the Centre, will greatly assist DVA and the Government in developing innovative policy, programs and services to improve mental health services provided to veterans and their families.”

DVA Online Services are joining MyGov

*DVA Media Release*

VETERANS and their families will join millions of Australians transacting with government online through myGov. As part of its program to modernise and streamline services, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), in partnership with the Department of Human Services has made it simpler for clients to do their online transactions with government by linking all of their DVA online services with myGov.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said this change allows veterans and their families to access DVA services in the same place they access Medicare, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and other government services.

“This initiative is about understanding that veterans and their families will be doing business with more than one government department online. They can currently access multiple government online services through myGov and now they can also make claims with DVA through this ‘one stop shop’,” Mr Chester said.

“This change will mean that DVA clients utilising the online services MyService and MyAccount will need a myGov account. Veterans and their families wanting to access face-to-face services will still be able to visit DVA’s Veterans Access Networks around Australia. Registering with myGov enables clients to use one username and password to access all their government online services, including DVA.”

Over the next 12-18 months as part of the ongoing DVA transformation program, services available through MyAccount will transition to MyService, which has been co-designed with ex-service organisations, veterans and their families.

Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said there were more than 12 million myGov accounts, with Australians accessing the platform hundreds of thousands of times every day.

“Many veterans will already be familiar with myGov through their dealings with the ATO or Medicare and I am confident that those who are new to the system will also find it simple and easy to use,” Mr Keenan said.

Instructions on how to register for myGov are available through the myGov website (my.gov.au). Details on how to register for MyService are available at www.dva.gov.au/MyService.

Using MyService, current and former ADF members and their families can:

  • register as a client;
  • lodge a claim for compensation;
  • access free mental health treatment;
  • apply for an increase in their disability pension;
  • view an electronic copy of their DVA Health Card and accepted conditions;
  • submit claims for Education Allowance through the Education Schemes;
  • inform DVA of their change of personal details, and
  • track the claims that they make online.

Management Committee nominations for AGM elections

The following nominations for management committee positions have been proposed and seconded, and on Wednesday 15th August were put on display in general view at the Memorial Hall for 30 days prior to the Sub-Branch AGM elections in accordance with RSLWA By-Laws:

Daniel Byles for the position of Vice-President

Michael Nel for the position of Secretary

Isabel Parker for the position of Treasurer

Norm Wells for the position of President

The Rhodesian Services Association of Western Australia Dining In Night – Saturday 24th November

he Rhodesian Services Association of Western Australia Incorporated are hosting a Dining In Night to be held on Saturday 24th November at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. It will be in Conference Room 1 of the Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Tce, Perth.
Tickets are $75 per person and include sherry on arrival, a 3 course meal with complimentary wine on the table, port for the toasts and there will be a cash bar.
Dress code: ladies – gowns/cocktail dresses/evening pants and jackets
                    men – mess kit/tuxedos/dinner suits /regimental blazer and tie.
                    Miniature medals to be worn where possible.
To book a ticket, please contact:
Peter Glynn 0412771523 anaconda.pag@optusnet.com.au
Victor Auditore 0420 738 172 victor.auditore1@gmail.com
100 tickets are available so first come first serve.
This is held every second year and we are hoping for a good turnout this year as it is also an opportunity to raise funds for the old folks in Zimbabwe.

Trauma Recovery & Growth Program

Run by Hollywood Private Hospital, the Trauma Recovery & Growth Program is a treatment program for contemporary veterans and currently serving Australian Defence Personnel who have experienced traumatic events connected with their military service. Where appropriate, the program also accepts other uniformed personnel traumatised in the line of duty.

For more information and to contact the Program please click here – HPH_Trauma Recovery Program.

2018 AGM Paperwork (attn: members)

On behalf of the Secretary, please find attached:
1) Notification of 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) – for the Sub-Branch to be held 6pm on Friday 14th September.
2) Nomination for Election Form – for those wishing to nominate for a Committee position, this form needs to be filled out by the applicant, seconded by a fellow member and returned to the Sub-Branch by hand or mail no later than 15th August 2018 please.
3) Committee Positions Information Document – this provides information on the management committee positions open for nomination, and lists some key duties of each position.  Any help, large or small, in running the Sub-Branch we would appreciate and be very grateful for.
For your information, these documents were sent yesterday by letter mail to those members for who we do not have a functioning email address.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.
Best Regards,
Dan Byles

WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy consultation – registrations open for regional forums

Health Networks of the Department of Health WA invites you to provide feedback on the draft WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy.

The purpose of the Policy is to provide direction to the WA health system and its partners to deliver strategies that improve the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of men and boys living in WA. It outlines WA’s response to the National Male Health Policy.

A community consultation is planned for June and July and opportunities to participate include:

  • community consultation forums across metropolitan and regional areas
  • an online survey – closes 3 August. Takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

More details regarding the consultation, including the dates of the forums, are available from https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/News/Mens-Health-and-Wellbeing-Policy.