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.

Management Committee – calling for nominations

The Sub-Branch is asking for all members to consider expressing interest for a variety of Management Committee positions to be appointed at the Annual General Meeting on 14th September 2018. In particular, we are seeking interest for the following roles:

  • Deputy Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Property & Inventory Coordinator
  • Short Projects Coordinator
  • Membership Officer

The ongoing running of the Sub-Branch to support current members, and future members, is heavily reliant on members contributing to the Sub-Branch. We would be grateful for any member to lend whatever skills they have, for whatever time they can spare, to support the Sub-Branch’s operations and governance requirements.  It would also be much appreciated if you can spread the word to friends and family!

Nomination forms will be provided to members in the mail and be available on this website.  You can also view (and pass on) this publicly-available advertisement for expressions of interest on the Seek Volunteer Website.

Position vacant – volunteer hall caretaker

The Sub-Branch is looking for a new volunteer caretaker to support the Sub-Branch in managing hall hire bookings, as well as general upkeep of the premises.  This role is vital to maintaining our revenue, as well as preserving our property and memorabilia.

This position allows job seekers 55 years and over to qualify for the Newstart allowance through voluntary work. It is also open to all other volunteers.

Sub-Branch members are requested to assist the Management Committee in spreading word of this opportunity so we can find a suitable person.  Job details and method for applying can be found at this link on the Seek Volunteer website.

Please direct any further queries to Dan Byles, Junior Vice-President.

DVA Social Work Program

The DVA Social Work Program is accessible to veterans, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm (Melbourne time). Through this program, any veteran who has placed a claim can access possible social work assistance that may be of help while their claim is getting processed.

The Program

DVA social workers contact clients by telephone when a new claim is received to:

  1. Discuss any immediate support or needs the veteran and veteran’s family may have, and
  2. Provide information and referral to support services that may be required while the claim is being processed.

To access this service,  email connect@dva.gov.au outlining your best contact telephone number and preferred time(s) to contact you.  Alternatively you can phone 1800 555 323 to be transferred to DVA’s professional support service.

Examples of support that DVA social workers can assist with include referral to counselling services, advice about local community support groups, accommodation agencies, home care assistance and referral for financial aid.

You may choose to use this telephone contact service offered by DVA social workers. The discussion between you and the social worker is separate to the claim process and is confidential.

Tertiary Education Scholarships for children and grandchildren of veterans (AVCAT)

The Australian Veterans Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service Veterans with the cost of tertiary education. Applications for the 2019 Long Tan Bursary and sponsored scholarships of up to $12 000, managed by AVCAT, open on 18 August 2018.

Opening Date: 18 August 2018

 Closing Date: 31 October 2018

 To be eligible students must be:

  • A child, step-child, foster child or grandchild of an ex-serving Australian Veteran
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled, or planning to enrol in 2019, in a full-time course at an Australian University, TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation
  • Receiving, or eligible to receive, Centrelink Youth Allowance or an equivalent means-tested educational payment.

You can contact AVCAT at avcat@dva.gov.au or on 02 9213 7999. The AVCAT website is at www.avcat.org.au.

Sub-Branch Commemoration of ANZAC Day 2018

The Osborne Park RSL Sub-Branch held its annual commemoration parade and service on the morning of Wednesday 25th April at the Sub-Branch Hall. Our President Norm Wells gave the ANZAC Day Address, with a special reflection on the Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in the Western Front during World War I.

After the Service, hundreds of our guests enjoyed a gunfire breakfast and refreshments in the Sub-Branch Hall.  A big thank you to all who attended to help us commemorate this day.

Special thanks and gratitude also go to A Cappella Go Choir for the beautiful rendition of service hymns, Churchlands Senior High School for providing the Drum Corps and bugle playing, 1st Karrinyup Scouts for the recital of A Brown Slouch Hat and flag orderly duties, and Sub-Branch Affiliate Member Mr David Michael, MLA, Member for Balcatta for producing the service programs.



You and Your Pension – 2018 Edition (DVA)

Released by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), You and Your Pension is a guide provided to income support pensioners including service pensioners, social security age pensioners (paid by DVA), and war widows and widowers who receive the income support supplement. The guide contains information about your benefits, rights and obligations.

You can access The Guide HERE. Some hard copies of this guide have also been provided to our Sub-Branch Secretary for use by our members.

Boer War Peace Treaty Anniversary – Sunday 27th May

The 116th Peace Treaty Anniversary of the Boer War will be held at the South African War Memorial within Kings Park on Sunday 27 May 2018, commencing at 11.00 am.

The Governor of Western Australia shall be in attendance to lay a wreath on  behalf of all Western Australia, in memory of all Western Australians that participated within this conflict.

All are invited to attend; for any further information please contact David Thomas, President Boer War Memorial Society of WA, on David@r2rservices.com.au or view the flyer below.

Boer War Anniversary Service Sunday 27th May




ENGAGE – The New Online Serviceperson’s Support Directory

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 5.00.07 pm‘Engage’ is an online portal where users can search for free services and support designed to benefit current and former ADF members, their families, and/or those involved in their support. Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

Engage ‘connects’ users to support services based on different criteria including:

• Need
• Physical location – local, regional and national
• Service or support required

Engage will readily link to a range of support and services from:

• Government, including Defence and Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Not-for-profit service providers and charities.
• Other service providers who choose to participate.

Engage will be operated by the Department of Defence, with data maintained by participating service providers.

Click here to access the Department of Defence Engage Website.