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April 2009

 

Welcome to the latest issue of e-News, keeping you up-to-date with news from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

In this issue:

Veterans’ and war widows’ pensions increased
New Veterans’ MATES website
‘How to’ guide on mental health now available for GPs
Stepping Out – coming to you in 2009
Deeming rates drop again for veterans
Veterans enjoy the Queensland weather
Teen dental plan to benefit veterans’ children
Calling on Army Personnel 1962–75 to participate in world first research study

Upcoming events and anniversaries
New publications
Media Releases


Veterans’ and war widows’ pensions increased
Indexation will deliver Veteran and War Widow pensioners up to an extra $14.10 a fortnight, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin announced. Some 365,000 veterans, their partners and war widows benefited beginning on the pay date on 26 March 2009. The Pension rates Factsheet  has more information.

 

New Veterans’ MATES website
The Veterans’ Medicine and Therapeutic Education Services (MATES) program has been providing veterans and their health care team with useful health resources since 2004. Veterans’ MATES now has a dedicated website offering quick and easily accessible information modules on medicine management. Visit the new website.

 

‘How to’ guide on mental health now available for GPs
5000 copies of a new ‘how to’ guide on mental health were distributed to medical practitioners in Victoria in the wake of the recent bushfires. Funded by DVA and produced in cooperation with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the guide will help with the diagnosis and treatment of some 250,000 Australians suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health related illnesses. More information on the guide is available online.

 

Stepping Out – coming to you in 2009
The VVCS – Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service’s Stepping Out program helps servicemen and women make the transition from the ADF into civilian life. Programs are being run in capital cities and major regional centres in 2009. Stepping Out is free of charge and run by qualified health professionals. See the Stepping Out brochure for more information.

 

Deeming rates drop again for veterans
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, announced a further reduction to deeming rates benefited veterans from pay date 26 March 2009. Minister Griffin said the value of listed shares and securities were also re-valued.  Read the Deeming Factsheet.

 

Veterans enjoy the Queensland weather
South-East Queensland is Australia’s most populous veteran area. More than 28,000 of Australia’s 224,000 Gold Card holders live in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast local government areas. South Australian Service pensioners are paid the most income support on average.  The latest statistics on Australia’s veteran community have been published online.

 

Teen dental plan to benefit veterans’ children
The Australian Government’s $490 million Medicare Teen Dental Plan, encouraging one million Australian teenagers to take care of their teeth, will benefit some 600 veterans’ children. See the Teen Dental Plan information sheet about how this initiative will effect the veteran community.

 

Calling on Army Personnel 1962–75 to participate in world first research study
Recruitment for the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study is continuing in 2009 but more people are needed, particularly Army personnel who served at the time but did not go to Vietnam. An update on recruitment is available online. For more information or to register see the Family Study online for more information.

 

Upcoming events and anniversaries

Kapyong Day – 24 April
Kapyong Day commemorates Australia’s involvement in the Korean War and is named after one of the most significant and important battles for Australian troops in Korea.
More information on the Battle of Kapyong is available online.

Anzac Day – 25 April 2009
General information on Anzac Day including events planned in Australia can be accessed online. Guides to assist visitors in planning trips to overseas commemorations in Gallipoli or France are also available.

 

New publications

Vetaffairs - March 2009 – DVA’s newspaper is distributed three times a year to members of the veteran and defence force community.

Anzac Day poster 2009  – Australia’s efforts in restoring peace to East Timor features in this year’s Anzac Day commemorative poster, marking 10 years since the United Nations International Force – East Timor (INTERFET).

M is for Mates – Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep  – The Department’s 2009 education resource for primary schools will help students learn about Australia’s wartime history through the animals used in wartime and peace operations.

Australian Prisoners of War  – The Department’s 2009 secondary schools resource teaches students about the experiences of Australian prisoners of war using stories from the Australians at War Film Archive. DVA provides an education resource each year to all Australian schools.

 

Media Releases

New forums for veterans
Government moves to review Military Compensation
Cutting red tape for veterans and ADF personnel
Explosive detection dog sniffs out 'M is for Mates'
$50,000 to commemorate 40th anniversary of Binh Ba
$507,000 to honour veterans
2009 Anzac Day image unveiled
Joint media release Gillard/Griffin - Young Simpson Prize Winners Announced
Joint media release Griffin/Elliot - Happy 110th Birthday to Australia's last remaining WW1 serviceman Jack Ross

 

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