The latest issue of Defence Family Matters is published and available online! The magazine for ADF members and their families features real stories about real families and how they manage the challenges and opportunities created by military life.
Defence families have shown and continue to show remarkable resilience and adaptability. As we head into a new year, we are hopeful that we see positive progress with the challenges that we continue to face.
In our cover story Meret shares the joy she finds living in the amazing Pilbara area and how her family have embraced the remote location.
In our feature stories Josh shares what it’s like to be a stay-at-home dad to his baby daughter, while Kane recalls the challenges of completing his final year of secondary school from two countries and Kaylee explains how growing up in a Defence family has shaped her own career.
There is some great information about managing the uncertainty of the current environment, followed by the stories of two Defence partners who work with special needs families, and others who have made volunteering a way of life.
The study is open to families of current ADF members and members who have left the ADF in the last five years, who have children under 18 or who are expecting or planning children. Participants need to be in families where the current or former serving member is under 40 (and over 18) years of age.
To volunteer to participate in the study contact the AIFS research team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on the study can be found at https://aifs.gov.au/projects/australian-military-and-veteran-families-study.
The all-hours Defence Member and Family Helpline is the first port of call for Defence families seeking support, information or connection with their community.
Available 24/7, 365 days a year, it is staffed by qualified human services professionals including social workers and psychologists, who can provide assessment, emotional support, crisis intervention services, advice or referral, depending on the member or family’s needs.
Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) offers a range of programs and services to help Defence members and their families manage the challenges and opportunities of each stage of military life.
For ADF members and families in the ACT. At the direct request of the ACT Government to assist with the overwhelming demand for COVID testing in the ACT, Defence is offering COVID-19 testing to ADF (including SERCAT 3-7), Defence APS, ASD Staff, and their household members (who are immediate family and aged 12 years and over), at the Defence ACT Health Centre (ACTHC), Duntroon Garrison.
This testing follows the same protocols as ACT government testing and reporting, including the normal requirement to isolate following your test until a negative result is received.
There are four reasons you should be getting tested for COVID-19:
Defence must prioritise COVID testing so our people should only present for the above reasons.
Testing will be available Monday – Friday, between 8am and 4pm. Please follow the signs to the testing area at ACT Health Centre Duntroon where you will be able to register your attendance. Follow the directions of staff which may include waiting in your vehicle. We appreciate your patience.
For more information regarding COVID testing, please visit the ACT Health website http://www.covid19.act.gov.au/
Join experienced DMFS experts for our new webinar series 'Deployment: embracing the challenge’. The webinars feature a range of tips, strategies and resources to help partners, parents and kids with a member absent from home, who has recently returned from deployment or are going to deploy soon. It’s also a chance to ask questions.
Follow us on social media, or visit our event calendar below for information about session times, dates and how to get tickets. To see the range of deployment support and resources available, see Deployment and time apart.
With a difficult employment market and increased numbers of people competing for the available jobs, the eligibility criteria for the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) has been changed to support families during COVID-19. Where previously partners who’ve relocated had to apply within two years of moving to a new posting location, you can now apply for up to $1500 for employment services anytime during the posting cycle!
Get all the details and the application form on the Partner employment page. Advice and assistance is always available from the 24/7 Defence Member and Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email email@example.com.
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