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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015


Launching the Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today highlighted the Government’s ongoing commitment to posttraumatic mental health.

Phoenix Australia is the new name of the former Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, now in its 20th year of operation.

Under its new name, Phoenix Australia will continue working to improve mental health services for veterans and currently serving members of the Australian Defence Force, as well as the broader community. In particular, ongoing work will focus on advancing knowledge about posttraumatic mental health.

“The work of the Centre advances the knowledge of posttraumatic mental health, establishes best practice standards for management of trauma in a range of sectors, and guides clinicians in effective, evidence-based treatments for PTSD and related problems”, Senator Ronaldson said.

“The Centre will continue to provide advice to, and assist, DVA in its work to ensure veterans of all conflicts receive the mental health support and services they need.

“The new name, which signifies evolution, renewal, regeneration and hope, captures the essence of recovery after trauma.

“I look forward to a further strengthening of the relationship between DVA and the now Phoenix Australia in their important work together for the benefit of veterans during this Anzac Centenary period and beyond,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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