Three new appointments to PMAC
Mrs Joy Jenkins, Ms Jocelyn Parsons and Dr Sheralyn Rose have recently been appointed to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health (PMAC).
The PMAC advises the Prime Minister, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Government on high-level strategic and complex matters relating to the mental health of veterans and their families.
Joy Jenkins is the Partners of Veterans Association representative on the Council and is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and married to a serving Australian Defence Force member who is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. She is a strong advocate of the value of small local associations to support the families of veterans.
Jocelyn Parsons served for more than 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy and saw operational deployment to the Middle East. Since leaving the permanent forces she has worked as a crisis and emergency response manager across a number of industries and has long been a supporter of veterans.
Dr Sheralyn Rose has held a variety of positions in consultation, policy formation and senior management over a long career in primary health care. She has a comprehensive background in assessing population health needs, including mental health and suicide prevention programs.
To find out more about PMAC and view member biographies please visit www.pmac.dva.gov.au.
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Anzac Portal updated and expanded
DVA's Anzac Portal contains information and educational resources from the First World War to more modern operations.
The website has been updated to include interviews with veterans and family members. It has also recently been expanded, with eight other DVA commemorative websites being consolidated into the Portal.
The Anzac Portal contains resources for anyone planning events during the Anzac Centenary, including posters and wartime snapshots, veterans’ stories and publications relevant to various commemorations, music downloads and sample commemorative speeches. The portal is compatible with multiple devices and browsers.
The portal has been developed by DVA for teachers and students, with the educational resources aligning to the Australian Curriculum. The Anzac Portal website is available at www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au.
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Private Roy Louis McGuire remembered
On a recent inspection tour of Western Australia, Ken Corke, Director War Graves, visited the final resting place of Private Roy Louis McGuire.
Roy, he discovered, was as eager to go to war as his mother was for him not to! But by 1918, at 19 years of age Roy no longer needed permission and joined up at Maryborough in Queensland.
On 17 July he departed Sydney bound for London with the 5th Reinforcements aboard the ship A30 Borda.
Roy was finally on his way, but his mother was still doing all she could in the hope that her son would come to no harm. On 25 June she wrote to the camp commandant at Enoggera asking that Roy be given work that would keep him out of the trenches.
The final words were ‘So I hope that he will have luck and that the war will be over before he gets to the other side'.
Sadly, Roy never made it. He collapsed on deck of the Borda on 22 July, just five days into his journey. He was taken to the Commonwealth Quarantine station at Albany, Western Australia where he died of meningitis on 24 July 1918.
On 25 July, Roy was buried in a small copse of trees alongside the sea. His grave is maintained in perpetuity by the Office of Australian War Graves.