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August 18, 2011
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DEFENCE Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon
has pledged that the care of wounded, injured and ill person-
nel is his highest priority.
Mr Snowdon posted an open letter on the Defence web-
site in response to some media criticism of ADF health-care
He said that in his dual roles with Defence and as the
Veterans' Affairs Minister he was in a unique position to
"knit together support arrangements across departments".
He said the government was committed to the highest
quality medical support for personnel -- whether they were
on deployment, at home, or beyond their service.
Current services for personnel separating for medical
reasons would be expanded as early as October.
Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) staff will be
accommodated on 25 Defence bases to provide information
and assistance to current serving members.
"We have created the Support to Wounded, Injured or
Ill Program as a specialised, all-encompassing program and
the vehicle for realising a fundamental cultural shift within
Defence and DVA for transitioning members," Mr Snowdon
"Discharge from the ADF on health grounds is a last
resort and only considered after it is determined that the
member has a permanent condition which renders them
unfit for continued service."
He said it was clear that some ADF people had "fallen
through the cracks" but new initiatives were designed to pre-
vent this happening in the future.
Government intent is to ensure that a comprehensive
approach to tailored recovery programs and access to
advanced rehabilitation programs.
"The current arrangements for ADF members result in
a high-return-to-work rate for rehabilitated members and
provide good support for veterans -- but as a government we
are taking steps to make a good support system even better,"
Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon's complete statement is at www.defence.gov.au/
FURTHER reforms to Defence manage-
ment and accountability have been an-
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
announced six key reforms designed
to effect better outcomes in Defence
through better personal and institutional
accountability on August 9.
He also released the Review of the
Defence Accountability Framework,
known as the Black Review, which
forms the basis of the reforms.
He said the Black Review built on
the reform program the government had
already instituted throughout 2011.
"We want to see better outcomes so
that taxpayers get better value for money
and our service personnel in the field
get capability delivered on time and on
budget," Mr Smith said.
The review by Associate Professor
Rufus Black was commissioned in 2010.
Associate Professor Black said
Defence had reached a point where there
now existed a strong case to redesign its
"Defence will need to be more agile,
more efficient, and more effective," the
"In practice, this means that leaders
need to make and implement better deci-
sions faster and with more assurance."
The full report is available at www.defence.
Changes flagged for management
MEDICAL PRIORITY: Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said
the government was committed to the highest quality medical support for personnel --
whether they were on deployment, at home, or beyond their service.
Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
Augmented health-care pro-
Support to Wounded,
Injured or Ill Program
(SWIIP). SWIIP makes the
recipient the central focus
of support and ensures
Defence and Veterans' Affairs
are focused on outcomes,
not process. It will reduce
the complexity involved
in accessing support and
ensure better integration.
ADF Paralympics Sports
Program. In partnership with
the Australian Paralympic
Committee, ADF personnel
with an acquired disability can
access sports medicine and
science specialists to enable
them to compete at the high-
Health Precincts. Access to
front-line health care for the
ADF is being improved by the
creation of "health precincts"
and the major refurbishment
of health facilities around the
country -- including Leeuwin
Barracks where mental-health
practitioners are being inte-
Mental Health Workforce.
Significant changes have
been made to improve the
provision of mental health
care across the ADF. A
into Defence and DVA by
Government aims to improve
health care and increase the
ADF Centre for Mental
Health. A research program
seeking best practice mental-
health intervention programs
and to support and train ADF
health providers in mental-
BattleSMART (self manage-
ment and resilience training)
program is a comprehensive
program of research, resil-
ience training and pre- and
that seeks to destigmatise
FORMER Special Forces commander
Duncan Lewis will take up the post
as the next Defence Secretary in
early September. Prime Minister Julia
Gillard announced the appointment
on August 4 as one of the changes
in the secretary-level positions in the
Australian Public Service. Mr Lewis,
who served as an officer in the Army
for more than 30 years before leaving
the ADF in 2005, will replace outgo-
ing Defence Secretary Ian Watt.
THE ADF's involvement in Iraq after
eight years is almost completed.
The Australian Security Detachment
(SECDET) to Iraq ceased operations
in Baghdad on July 29, and has
returned home. SECDET was respon-
sible for security for Australia's
Embassy and staff from 2003, with
no diplomatic personnel harmed
during that time. Two ADF members
remain in Iraq as part of Australia's
contribution to the UN Assistance
Mission for Iraq.
PEOPLE in towns along the route
between RAAF Base Amberley and
RAAF Base Edinburgh may have been
surprised to see an historic aircraft
passing through their streets recent-
ly. Retired F-111 A8-132 was par-
tially disassembled at Amberley and
departed there on August 8, arriving
at Edinburgh on August 12, where
it will be reassembled for display. It
travelled via Coonabarabran, West
Wyalong, Balranald and Waikerie
with many other stops along the
way. The move will be covered in the
September 1 edition.
A NEW ambulance has been deliv-
ered to Woomera, replacing the old
ambulance with a newly fitted four-
wheel-drive vehicle that supports
both Defence and the broader com-
munity's needs. The South Australian
Ambulance Service and the
Department of Defence ambulance
will serve the Woomera Prohibited
Area, Woomera Village and the area
between Port Augusta and Roxby
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