To support and stay connected with ADF families across Australia and around the world, we are holding a number of webinars. Our webinars focus on three topics: ‘From surviving to thriving during COVID-19’, 'Deployment – embracing the challenge' and ‘Returning from overseas’.
During these webinars families can access some great tips, strategies and resources to help them know more about a range of topics like maintaining healthy relationships, the DMFS support available, children’s education during and after COVID-19, support for families with a loved one deployed, communication and healthy connections, returning to Australia from an overseas posting and how to stay physically, mentally and emotionally strong.
Some of the topics and questions discussed during our webinars are explored on the Q&A page.
If you have questions about support available, or just want someone to talk to, our Defence Member and Family Helpline will continue to operate 24/7. Call 1800 624 608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to see the range of services available for ADF partners and families when members are deployed, visit our Deployment and time apart page.
Follow us on social media for up-to-date information and links to get tickets for upcoming webinars in the series. Free webinar tickets are available through Eventbrite with links available from the calendar on the DMFS website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Forcenet.
Crisis and recovery, presented on 4 May 2022.
Overview: This webinar explores how to navigate times of crisis and be on a pathway to recovery. It provides information, strategies and tips to help you, your partner and your family manage. It looks at ways to identify supports and interest groups, both within the Defence and the wider communities, and how to help yourself and your family thrive.
Strong family, strong community, presented on 13 April 2022
Overview: This webinar explores how positive relationships support mental wellbeing. We provide information, strategies and tips to help you, your partner and your family manage your relationships over the lifecycle of a military career, from enlistment to transition. We also look at ways to identify support and interest groups, both within the Defence and your wider community.
Maintaining mental wellbeing in difficult times, presented on 23 March 2022
Overview: This webinar includes information about the importance of maintaining wellbeing to support your physical health, advice on seeking support, as well as a range of evidence based techniques to strengthen your wellbeing.
Preparing for an overseas posting during the 2021/22 posting cycle, presented on 21 October 2021
Overview: This webinar included presentations from the Overseas Administration Team and the Overseas and Housing Policy team as well as information about what support is available to members and families posting overseas.
Preparing for relocation during the pandemic, presented on 30 September 2021, repeated on 14 and 28 October 2021
Overview: This webinar provided information for Defence families posting during the posting cycle of October 2021 to February 2022 and included a presentation from the Posting Cycle Movement Control Cell and information about the support available for families relocating.
Member with Dependants (Unaccompanied), presented on 9 September 2021
Overview: This webinar addressed some of the advantages and disadvantages of MWD(U), It will also covered planning strategies and tips to help families be ready for some of the likely challenges for a family living MWD(U), as well as ways you can prepare for, respond to, and cope with unexpected challenges.
Caring for you and your family during COVID 19, presented on 19 August 2021
Overview: This webinar provided information, strategies and skills to help you care for yourself and your family as the Coronavirus pandemic continued into the second half of 2021. Topics included ‘How to manage uncertainty’ and ‘Healthy relationships’ and the webinar covered a range of evidence based techniques to strengthen your wellbeing.
Posted to the United States of America, presented on 4 May 2021
Overview: Following on from our December webinar, which provided information about the conditions those posting to the United States could expect to encounter, we discussed tips and strategies to help families maximise health and wellbeing during the posting. We also talked about the policies and conditions that apply to the current situation in the United States.
Overseas posting—Managing family wellbeing, presented on 18 March 2021
Overview: Provides evidence-based strategies to help you support your family. Topics include ‘how to manage uncertainty’ and ‘healthy relationships’ and the webinar will cover a range of techniques to strength your wellbeing.
Education support for United Kingdom and Europe, presented on 4 March 2021
Overview: Provides information and strategies about parenting during difficult times, and supporting your children through change. Talks about managing remote schooling, the return to face-to-face classes, and the return to school in Australia. Includes information about the policies and conditions in place to ensure that children are not educationally disadvantaged by overseas schooling.
Posted to the United Kingdom, presented on 18 February 2021
Overview: Provides authoritative information about the policies and conditions that apply to the current situation in the UK. This webinar also provides some tips and strategies to help you maximise your family's health and well-being during the posting.
Preparing for the unexpected – Coping in crises, presented on 21 January 2021
Overview: Focuses on readiness, sharing evidence-based information and providing strategies and tips to help members and their families enhance their level of readiness and ability to prepare for the unexpected.
Adjusting to deployment, presented on 14 January 2021
Overview: Tips and strategies on how to cope with change as a family, including practical, emotional and social considerations.
Posting to the United States of America, presented 10 December 2020
Overview: Australian Defence staff at the Australian Embassy in Washington provide information about the conditions and circumstances that you can expect to encounter. There are strategies and tips to help you maximise your family’s health and well-being during the posting and ideas about how to make the most of the challenges and opportunities.
Making a new home — integrating into the new location, presented 03 December 2020
Overview: Explores how families can manage the challenges and opportunities of re-establishing community, home life, partner employment, childcare and schooling. Looks at how families can find and identify support and interest groups in the Defence and wider communities.
Posting during COVID-19—Managing quarantine, presented 12 November 2020
Overview: Tips and strategies for families who may be managing any required quarantine during postings.
Deployment—Preparing for the return and beyond, presented 22 October 2020
Overview: Tips and strategies for the family to support reintegration of the family unit following deployment.
MWD(U) – Making a home in two locations, presented 15 October 2020
Overview: Practical tips and strategies on how to navigate challenging or unexpected times during posting, including ideas on ways to build your connection as a family from afar.
Preparing for posting – Moving with a plan, presented 8 October 2020
Overview: Practical tips and strategies on how to navigate challenging or unexpected times during posting, including a segment from the Posting Cycle Movement Control Cell (PCMCC) and information about the support available along the way.
MWD(U) - Communication, the key to living apart together, presented 24 September 2020
Overview: Discusses the importance of communication while living apart and explores the additional challenges families might be facing during COVID-19, including a range of tips for effective communications and self-care strategies.
Posting overseas, recorded December 2020
Returning to Australia, recorded December 2020