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Applications open for Veterans' Health Week


This year’s Veterans’ Health Week (VHW), to be held from Saturday, 21 October to Sunday, 29 October 2017, will focus on the theme of physical activity.

During VHW, DVA will partner with ex-service organisations and community groups to highlight the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, which can help us to stay connected to others and live a happier and longer life.

In 2017, the Invictus Games in Toronto (24–30 September) and Masters Games in Tasmania
(21–28 October) will further highlight the theme of physical activity and its importance in a well-balanced life.

DVA can provide some funding to ex-service organisations and community groups to support VHW activities that reflect the annual theme. Applications for funding are now open until 31 July 2017.

The VHW funding application form, information kit, resource guide and other documentation to assist activity organisers are now available on DVA’s Veterans’ Health Week webpage.

For further information please phone DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.


Trial of MyService

DVA is seeking Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who enlisted after 30 June 2004 and have an injury or disease related to their ADF service to register with MyService today.
MyService is a new online service that provides an easier way for clients to get covered by DVA. For the purpose of the MyService trial, the term ‘cover’ is being used instead of ‘claim’.
Through MyService, clients will:
- be identified using electronic verification, removing the onerous paper-based proof-of-identity process
- view the requirements for cover and medical statements of principles relevant to the injury or disease
- save an incomplete request so that it can be accessed and completed at a future point.
It’s important to note that your injury or disease doesn’t have to be severe to seek cover from DVA. Sometimes it’s just about being covered for the future. If you have any questions, or wish to talk to someone about your cover before registering with MyService, email myservicesupport@dva.gov.au, provide your phone number and DVA will call you.
If you meet the requirements above, or know someone else who is, DVA encourages you to use MyService and also provide any feedback you have.
To register, or for further information, visit MyService on the DVA website.


75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein

DVA would like to invite the nomination of Australian veterans who served in El Alamein between 1 July and 5 November 1942 to attend a Last Post Ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein at the Australian War Memorial on 23 October 2017.
El Alamein was one of the Second World War’s decisive battles with fighting beginning in the El Alamein area of western Egypt in July 1942.  Australian troops were in action at Ruin Ridge that month and at Tel el Eisa in September. The main battle was fought between 23 October to 5 November 1942 when the British 8th Army, which included the Australian 9th Division, launched a major offensive against German and Italian forces. 

The Australians played a key role in the battle, driving forward on the British right flank along the Mediterranean coast and withstanding a series of determined counter-attacks. The 9th Division suffered more than 2,600 casualties – about one-fifth of the 8th Army’s losses.

Details about the commemoration in Canberra and the nomination process are available on the domestic commemorations page of the DVA website.

Nominations close on Friday, 11 August 2017.


A rehab success story – Tyson Byrne-Baxter

DVA provides rehabilitation assistance to entitled serving and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, reservists and cadets. No two people are the same – that’s why we tailor each rehabilitation plan to suit the individual.
Tyson’s story provides an insight into the challenges faced by our clients and how DVA rehabilitation can help.
If you are a former ADF member or veteran, or know someone who is, and believe DVA’s rehabilitation support and services can help, either visit the DVA’s Rehabilitation webpage or call 133 254.


Joining the Army in 2009, straight out of school, Tyson first injured himself during his training at Kapooka. It turned out he had a defect in his back that he was previously unaware of and over time the high impact training made it worse.

He managed his injury throughout his service for three and half years, but his problems persisted. Tyson transitioned out of the Army, back to civilian life, with the help of DVA.

'My advice to others in my position is to take advantage of the support that DVA and the Rehabilitation Service Provider can offer you. It took me a long time to realise that they were there to help me and that I wasn’t abandoned because I wasn’t in the Army anymore. My support network was good, not only from DVA and my Service Provider, but also my family. Out of all that, my family are closer than ever and that is the best thing.'

To read Tyson’s full story and other rehabilitation success stories visit the DVA website.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)

A free and confidential counselling service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. For more information on VVCS services and eligibility, please visit the VVCS website or phone 1800 011 046.

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