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MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR BETTER SUPPORT FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL FAMILIES - 30TH JUNE 2017

June 30, 2017

CATHY O’TOOLE
MEMBER FOR HERBERT

LABOR ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR BETTER SUPPORT FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL FAMILIES

On Friday 30th June 2017 the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten MP and the Shadow Minister for Veteran’s Affairs and Defence Personnel Amanda Rishworth MP announced that a Shorten Labor Government will develop a Family Engagement and Support Strategy for Defence Personnel and Veterans to provide greater support to military families.

Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole said, “This announcement will implement a key recommendation on the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) Review into Services Available to Veterans and Current Serving Members of the Australian Defence Force.  This will assist in the prevention of self-harm and suicide and develop a strategy to provide greater support and resources for military families.

Veterans, ex serving personnel and their families across the country, including those living in the Herbert Electorate, deserve access to quality services and support that are delivered in an appropriate and timely manner. 

ADF families play a vital role in supporting current serving ADF members, veterans and ex-service men and women.”

The development of a family engagement and support strategy will enable the identification of where and when additional support needs to be provided to military families.

Labor’s commitment to the development of a Family Engagement and Support Strategy will be co-designed with defence, veteran, ex serving families and communities, to focus on the known stress points, including the transition from the ADF to civilian life.

The NMHC’s Review highlighted a ‘lack of emphasis on the critical role that families play in the lives of current and former serving members.’

Ms O’Toole said “There is no doubt that families play a critical role in providing support to ADF members, veterans and ex-serving personnel especially those living with mental ill health.

Labor will always prioritise the critical role that military families play in the ADF and our commitment to developing a family strategy will ensure that they are not forgotten.

Greater support for our military families is greater support for our serving ADF members, veterans and ex-service personnel,” said Cathy O’Toole.

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