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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

12 September 2018
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Female Veterans share their unique perspective

HEADLINING a week of events honouring our current, and former, female Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, the third Female Veterans Policy Forum is bringing together a large, diverse group of female veterans to share their unique perspectives on life during and after military service.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today opened the Forum and said he looked forward to discussing how the Department of Veterans' Affairs could better support women who are serving, or have served, in defence of our nation.

"This is a great opportunity to hear directly from our female veterans and gain valuable insights into how the unique nature of military service has shaped their lives," Mr Chester said.

"This Forum allows us to hear their thoughts and views, and share our policy and service initiatives. More importantly, this means that DVA services will be designed by veterans and their families, for veterans and their families."

"Outcomes of previous forums have underpinned the design of several activities related to female veterans' health and research into support for veterans' families."

Forum attendees explored the needs of women who have served their country or supported family members who served, and worked with them to develop potential solutions to important issues impacting their communities.

Mr Chester said it was a privilege to attend the 'Honouring Women United by Defence Service' dinner this week and it was fitting that the events were held simultaneously, reflecting the significant support for this community.

Women have played and continue to play an invaluable role in Australia's rich military history, including as current and ex-serving ADF members, as well as the mothers, wives, partners, sisters, children and widows of ex-serving personnel," Mr Chester said.

See the Department of Veterans' Affairs website for further information on the Forum.

ENDS

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.