Veterans’ Advisory Council Meeting Outcomes

A Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC) meeting was held on Thursday 23 August 2018.

The VAC received a briefing from Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott, University of Adelaide, School of Public Health about the Graduate Diploma in Trauma Counselling program.  The proposed counselling and psychotherapy program for veterans and first responders being offered by The University of Adelaide is planned to commence in September 2019.

Associate Professor Eliott is establishing a reference group of stakeholders to assist the program.  A national trauma registered has been developed nationally and much work is being done to address the need to provide support services to veterans and first responders.

The VAC considered reports it submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into transition from the Australian Defence Force and the Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans Productivity Commission Inquiry.  Both submissions are able to be viewed online.  The Productivity Commission will seek further information and feedback following the expected release of a draft report in December 2018.  Public hearings are expected be held in February 2019.

VAC members also received a briefing on preparations for the Centenary of Armistice on 11 November 2018.  One of the outcomes of the Veterans Ministers’ Round Table held on 8 November 2017 was that the Ministers agreed to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018 with a nation-wide campaign to acknowledge a minute’s silence at 11.00am.  There have been two meetings of an Armistice Working Group consisting of over 30 interested stakeholders.  Veterans SA will publish a list of known Centenary of Armistice events via the www.anzaccentenary.sa.gov.au website.

Other matters considered by the VAC included:

  • The future use of the Repatriation General Hospital site
  • Conditions at RAAF Base Woomera
  • Veterans Ministers’ Round Table Agenda
  • Trojan’s Trek Report 2018
  • The Jamie Larcombe Centre Partnerships Hub Report
  • Relocation of Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph Update & 2018 Commemorative Service
  • Anzac Day Commemoration Fund
  • Vietnam Veterans Federation Relocation
  • Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study
  • Invictus Games

The next VAC meeting will be held on Thursday 11 October 2018.  Please contact Paul Sykes at paul.sykes@sa.gov.au or via telephone: (08) 8226 8552 if you would like any further information.