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Posted to a remote locality? page 23
Defence kids helping
Defence kids—the winners! page 18
Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD page 29
ABOVE – Planting at the vegetable patch at Wippa Snappa playground, RAAF Williams.
See Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden on page 14.

      In here and out there                                                          Contents
      This edition of dfm is all about connecting with your
                                                                                     Message from the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Minister for
      community. Defence members and their families are                              Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and
      passionate people who are not afraid to get in and                             Indigenous Health                                         3
      help others—be it in the day-to-day job in uniform,
                                                                                     Message from Angus Houston, the Chief of the Defence Force 3
      or simply as a member of their local community, such
      as being a volunteer at a school, helping at a toy library,                    Holiday and Holy Day                                      4
      or coming together with other Defence families for
                                                                                     Messages to the Troops                                    4
      activities and mutual support.
      We know that the more engaged a Defence family                                 Message from Mick Callan, Director General Defence
                                                                                     Community Organisation                                    5
      is with their community, the greater their ability to
      triumph over the challenges that Defence life can                              Are you connecting with your local community?             7
      sometimes present.
                                                                                     Posting in?                                               7
      So to that end we hope that, as you post into your
      new community or begin another year where you                                  Bongos, and why you should give them a go                 8
      are, that you look around at what’s on offer in your                           Update on the Partner Education Employment Program        8
      neighbourhood and see what fires up your interest.
                                                                                     What’s in your community?                                 9
      Finally, a reminder that we take submissions from
      Defence families—and we love ideas for articles or                             Send us your tips and tricks                              9
      topics as well! Our copy deadline for the next edition                         Community gardens                                        13
      is 15 February 2011. So if you have something for us,
      please let us know—especially if it’s a tip or trick                           Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden                14
      (see page 9).                                                                  Community House and Group News                           15
                                                                                     Out and about with DCO South Australia in 2010           17
      Michael Hughes, Editor
                                                                                     Defence kids helping Defence kids—the winners!           18

      Correction from the Winter 2010 edition                                        National Calendar of Events                              19
      The print copy of dfm Winter 2010 stated that Defence                          They tried to make me go to Tamworth                     22
      Housing Australia (DHA) was still engaged to provide
      relocations services. This information is in error.                            ADF Family Health Trial update                           23
      On 1 July 2010 Toll Transitions took over provision of all                     Defence Families of Australia news                       24
      removals and relocation services. We apologise to readers,
      DHA and Toll for any confusion this may have caused.                           Celebrate Bubs N’ Pets                                   26

                                                                                     An update on the Timor-Leste Family Study                28

      Visit the defence family matters                                               HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy               28
      webpage for online content                                                     Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD                          29
      Sadly, we can’t include all content submitted for
                                                                                     The RAAF East Sale region website                        29
      publishing in this hardcopy version of dfm—there just
      aren’t enough pages! The stories that we cannot publish                        Communication Survey Judgement Day                       30
      in print we post to the dfm website with those articles
                                                                                     Adelaide welcomes 1st Brigade                            32
      married to the PDF copy of the magazine sent to homes.
                                                                                     Skills and support for veterans and their families       32
      www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters
                                                                                     Diversification in your family’s financial planning      33
      The current edition of dfm, along with all past editions,
      are available online. We also have text-only versions of                       Defence Education news                                   34
      editions from 2008 onward. So if you want to copy and                          Social networking                                        35
      paste information from the magazine then access the
      text-only version.                                                             In the downtime—writing                                  36

      Advertising in dfm: dfm does not take paid advertising, though we do           Cracking a spine                                         37
      provide space for not-for-profit organisations that directly provide for ADF
      members and their families. If you’re looking to advertise your products or    Support information for Defence families                 39
      services direct to members then you can’t go past the Service Newspapers
      for reaching that demographic. Please call the Advertising Manager for more
      information on 02 6266 7605 or email advertising@defencenews.gov.au            Defence Community Organisation contact details           40
Message from
the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs,
Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health
The serving men and women of the Australian Defence
Force, and their families, are close to my heart. Not only have
I previously had the privilege of serving as the Minister for
Defence Science and Personnel, my electorate of Lingiari,
and the nearby electorate of Solomon, is home to hundreds
of Defence families. I consider it a great honour to work for
the members of the Australian Defence Force and I look
forward to supporting their families over the years to come.
The significance of the work our ADF members do on
a daily basis cannot be understated. They do their job
to ensure the safety and security of Australians and the
international community, and to protect our freedom and
way of life. Rebuilding schools in flood devastated Pakistan,
helping Afghanis to repair their country from years of pain
and hardship, and peacekeeping on the streets of Honiara
in the Solomon Islands are the daily bread and butter
of our forces and I know that we are all grateful for their       ABOVE – The Hon. Warren Snowdon learns a thing or two at
commitment to their work.                                         Humpty Doo Primary School, Darwin, in August this year

As we reflect on 2010 we remember that, for many Defence           that the men and women of the Australian Defence Force
families, their loved one was away from home, serving             do day in and day out, on behalf of all Australians. I hope
Australia. While their absence was keenly felt and their          that you, like me, have a fierce pride in their determination
presence deeply missed by all members of the Defence              to succeed at their mission.
community, we can all take comfort in the extraordinary job       I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Message from Angus Houston
the Chief of the Defence Force
As another year is coming to a close, I want to thank you—our Defence families—for the support
you have given your loved ones and the sacrifices you have made so our ADF members can
perform their important work.
2010 has been another year of high tempo operations and again           Many of you will also be packing
our people have served our nation with distinction.                     up the house and moving to a new
Without your love, encouragement and support, I know our ADF            location. This too can be challenging,
men and women would not be able to carry out their duties as            but I encourage you to embrace the
well as they do.                                                        opportunities this also brings.

While we ask a lot of our ADF personnel, we also ask a lot of           To all our ADF families, thank you for your strength of character
their families.                                                         and the sacrifices you make. I deeply appreciate it as I am sure
                                                                        your loved ones do too.
I know it is not always easy. The life of a Service family can
be complicated and challenging and especially so, at this               I would also like to thank the Defence Families of Australia for all
time of year.                                                           the work they do to support and assist our families.

Some of you will not have your loved ones at home with you for          To all of you, my wife Liz and I wish you a Merry Christmas and
Christmas. This festive season, my thoughts will be with your           Happy New Year. May 2011 bring you good health, happiness
families and our men and women deployed on operations. We               and success.
look forward to their safe return.                                      Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC


      Holiday and Holy Day
      a spiritual dimension
      By Senior Chaplain Stuart Hall
      As the days get warmer and the promise of summer                                                                of various religious and philosophical traditions would
      holidays is on the horizon it’s easy to imagine                                                                 suggest that when we are away from the daily routine
      days of relaxation, with blue skies and leisurely                                                               and have the time and space to explore the depths of our
                                                                                                                      heart, we become receptive to new insights; insights that
      social activities. The hope of holidays provides the
                                                                                                                      strengthen our relationships with our faith, with family and
      opportunity to escape the routines that capture
                                                                                                                      with our wider community.
      our daily life, and to retreat.
                                                                                                                      As you prepare for your holiday, your recreation, welcome
      During a holiday experience, there often arises an                                                              the sacred, the holy into your leisure so that the things of
      opportunity for self reflection, providing an awakening for                                                      the spirit may renew and restore the beauty within you.
      a ‘Holy Day’ that gives us a real insight into the spiritual
      dimension of our lives. This allows the possibility to ask                                                      Editor’s Note: dfm would also like to say thanks and farewell
      the ‘big questions’, to ponder the spiritual, the truth about                                                   to Christine Senini, who left the Navy this year, and who
      who we are and what we are becoming, Wisdom writers                                                             served as dfm’s resident chaplain since Autumn 2008.

                                                                                 Messages to the Troops
                                                                                 Australians are encouraged to send goodwill messages of a general nature
                                                                                 to ADF soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who are on operations around
                                                                                 the world. Messages can be sent via fax to 02 6265 1099.
                                                                                 Or via email to: messagestothetroops@defence.gov.au
                                                                                 Alternatively postcards (not enveloped letters or parcels) can
             Please note: This facility is not                                   be addressed to: Messages to the Troops
             intended to accommodate                                                                                   R1-5-A056
             the forwarding of parcels or
             correspondence intended for
                                                                                                                       Russell Offices
             individual ADF members                                                                                    Department of Defence

        Defence Housing Australia captures the essence
        of modern Defence families
        At Defence Housing Australia (DHA) we pride ourselves on capturing real-life
        Defence families in our materials. Family photos and testimonials enable us to
        tell your story and to truly reflect the Defence lifestyle. It means that we can
        give something back to our Defence families and offer you some photos that
        can be cherished for years to come.
        DHA is offering FREE photo shoots for a LIMITED number of Defence
        families across the country (valued over $1000).
        We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Defence families that
        live in a DHA home or who have had some experience with DHA.
        ‘What a great day... the girls were bursting with energy and naturally loved being the
        centre of attention. It’s not very often that we’re all in a photo together, so it’s really
        nice to have some family photos of us all. The energy captured and creative style of the
        photographs was really impressive’. - The Hall Family, pictured right.
        SOME OF THE FINE PRINT: Photos will take place in or around your home or at nearby locations and will be a mix of uniformed and non-uniformed photos. The photographs will be taken by a professional
        photographer selected and directed by DHA. The photo shoot will occur at a date that is mutually convenient for both parties. Allow 2–3 hours. A DHA staff member will be in attendance at the photo shoot.
        Families will be provided with copies of the photos and are able to use these for personal use. All photos remain the copyright of DHA. Photos will be used in DHA’s marketing materials, at our discretion, and for an
        agreed period of time (up to three years). Photo opportunities are limited. All other names will be added to our photo database and contacted for future photo shoots. A testimonial may accompany your photo in our
        marketing materials (not unlike what we have used in this advertisement). The testimonial will come out of a brief, casual discussion, and of course, honesty is always welcome so that we can tell the ‘real stories’.

                Contact the DHA Marketing Communications team
                Phone: 02 6217 8403
4               Email: communications@dha.gov.au
Message from
Mick Callan
Director General Defence
Community Organisation
Welcome to the Spring Summer 2010 edition of
defence family matters.

In February 2009 the Chief of Defence Force signed
the Australian Defence Force Family Covenant.
This covenant was Defence’s recognition of the
value of the contribution by Defence families, and,
in turn, how important they are to the health of
the organisation.
The Covenant is not just a statement of
acknowledgement and thanks, but it also
represents the commitment from Defence to
continue to work with ADF families: to consult with
them, to listen to the concerns they raise, and to
help them balance the demands of Service life
with the needs of the family.
It is the pledge within the covenant—to work in
partnership with ADF families to enhance their
self reliance—that drives the Defence Community
Organisation business aims. The core of this
approach is investing in local communities.
We know that families who are engaged with their
                                                           Australian Defence Force
local community are more resilient when times are                 Family Covenant
tough. Essentially they have more resources they
                                                             We recognise the significant contribution
can draw on when needed. Their friends, their
neighbours, their colleagues, their local council, their
                                                            of ADF families to operational effectiveness
local associations, their organisations and support           We pay tribute to the commitment and
groups are all there to help them meet the many            sacrifice of ADF families in support of Australia
challenges the Defence life can throw at them.
                                                               We acknowledge the unique nature of
To this end, this issue of dfm is about communities.           family and community life in the ADF
It explains how DCO is linking with communities,
                                                                We honour the inherent strength and
gives examples of groups that exist in Defence-
                                                                     capacity of ADF families
heavy localities, and how you can find like-minded
people in any posting that you are on.                      We pledge to work in partnership with ADF
For those of you posting into a new location I hope
                                                              families to enhance their self reliance
this issue of dfm inspires you to look around your           We commit to listening to ADF families and
local community and see what it offers you… and            responding effectively to their emerging needs
what you can offer it.

                          Defence Community Organisation          Opportunities

                                                                     We know that the Defence
                                                         lifestyle can bring many and varied
                                                  challenges, but it also brings extraordinary
                                           opportunities other families may never experience.
                                      The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) is eager to work
                                  with families in building the capacity of the Defence community
                                to enhance those opportunities and to help families take
                                advantage of the possibilities that come with being a part of the
                                Defence team.

                     Digital Student Portfolio
                           ~ Captures children’s achievements over the past year
                           ~ Lets children take this to their next school
                           ~ An updated version is available from Regional Education Liaison Officers
                           ~ Any queries contact: DP Builder Email: info@dpbuilder.com.au

                     Partners In Defence
                         ~ The Partners In Defence website has a wealth of information
                           about military service, conditions and benefits, and services and
                           programs for partners of Defence members and their families.
                     The Sapper Pat Series
                         ~ Aimed at young children, the three Sapper Pat books
                           provide an easy-to-understand picture of how life might
                           look for mum or dad while they are on deployment.
                           The books are free and are available at your
                           local DCO office.

DCO is keen
to help your family
achieve self reliance.
For your nearest DCO Office
call the Defence Service Centre
on 1800 Defence (1800 333 362).
Or you can email any questions to
DCO website is www.defence.gov.au/dco
Are you connecting with your local

community?                               By Maureen Greet and Michele Chaseling, DCO Headquarters
By accessing social and community resources, Defence         All DCO staff receive formal training in strengths-based
families can build their self-reliance and in turn, local    community development from the Family Action Centre
communities can benefit from the skills and experience       at Newcastle University. In the longer term, we will also
of our Defence families.                                     deliver a version of this training to leaders in our Defence
DCO believes that all members of the Defence                 family community.
community have abilities, talents and experiences to         DCO’s ultimate aim is to enable Defence families to thrive
contribute to make their community a better place to         in the Defence environment: to be strong, self-reliant and
live in. To further bolster this, DCO is working to help     to make the most of the opportunities presented by the
Defence families strengthen their connections with           Defence lifestyle.
local communities, Defence organisations, Defence
community groups, ex-service organisations, and local
and state governments.                                          More information                                     See the
                                                                                                                  from Mic essage
                                                                                                              page 5         k Callan
DCO takes a strengths-based approach to community               For more information about the                        where h           on
                                                                                                              the ADF            e discus
development, providing resources and assistance to              community resources available                          Fa                 ses
                                                                                                               This Cov mily Covenant.
further enhance programs and activities that mutually           in your area, contact your local                        enan
                                                                                                                DCO’s fo t underpins
benefit Defence families and the broader local community.                                                                  s
                                                                DCO office. Details are available              sustaina tering of a
                                                                on the back cover, or you can               Defence    ble, self-
Our strengths-based approach is a philosophy of                                                                                   reliant
                                                                visit the DCO website to see what              commun          ity throu
focusing on the positive, being mindful of the needs of                                                                  ity capa        gh
                                                                programs and services are on offer.                  building.     city
our families, taking a collaborative approach to our work,
and learning directly from Defence families.                    www.defence.gov.au/dco

Posting in? Check out the welcome waiting for you
During the key post-in cycle of January and February 2011,   Information about welcome days will be posted on the
many DCO offices will host welcome day events for            DCO Community Event website closer to the date.
Defence families who have recently moved.                    www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Events
These events provide families an opportunity to meet         Alternatively, you can contact the DCO office in your
with other families, as well as learn about their new        new location to find out more. Contact details are on
local community, including support services and              the back cover.
local organisations.

ABOVE – ArmyGeddon and crew strut         ABOVE – DCO staffing the booth at             ABOVE – At the Wagga welcome, 2010
their stuff at the Albury Wodonga         the Canberra welcome, 2010
welcome, 2010

                     Bongos, and why you should

                     give them a go                                        By Darren Gallagher
                     Those who have followed my ramblings over the last few years will note that one of my
                     common themes is throwing your hat in the ring and having a go.
                     Over the years I’ve looked at Parkes Elvis Festival (Summer    be a mate and you need to have a classic car. While
                     2005 and Autumn 2006), equestrian interests and                membership numbers are small, the enthusiasm level
                     automotive collectors (Autumn 2007), lawn bowls (Autumn        is high.
                     2007), dancing (Spring 2007), Aussie Rules (Summer              It’s the sense of friendship that drives me to seek
                     2008), role playing games (Summer 2008) and medieval            membership in clubs or associations. The easiest way to
                     re-enactments (Winter 2008).                                    really explain this is probably to describe how I came to
                     I’ve discussed the cultural aspects of these activities,        own bongo drums. I was living at HMAS Harman at the
                     how setting goals can improve your outlook on life              time, and I came back on board and a few of the boys are
                     (Winter 2006), and so much more. So when dfm’s Managing all sitting in someone’s room playing them. I said, ‘What’s
                     Editor asked me to write about community engagement,            all this?’ and they are all ‘Man! Bongos are where it’s at,
                     I smiled and said ‘Sure, that’s what I do anyway’.              you have to get some!’ My response was naturally, ‘Heck
                                                                                     no, can’t play them, don’t want them, waste of money’.
                     Let’s take a different group of people with a common
                     interest, like those of the medieval persuasion in the          Needless to say, after watching these blokes play for a
                     Society of Creative Anachronism, the Star Wars costuming few hours and having a go myself, I whipped away,
                     fans in the 501st that we see dressed up in some great          bought some bongos, played them for a couple of minutes
                     gear, or even the lawn bowlers that hold up one end of          and have never touched them since. The important thing to
                     your local pub. These folks all share a common passion for remember here is that it was never really about the bongos:
                                                                                     it was always about the friendship.
                     the same activity which makes their communities work—
                     and the shared interests can be useful for shy people who Social capital, community engagement, or however you like
                     don’t easily let their personality out to play like some of us. to describe it—connecting with your community is all about
                                                                                     people and friendship. Don’t be afraid to get involved. You’ll
                     Recently, I considered joining a car club, but I’ve never
                                                                                     never regret it. You’ll form bonds and support networks
                     really liked the fact that traditional car clubs are centered
                                                                                     without even knowing it, and most importantly you’ll have
                     around a piece of machinery as the common, bridging
                                                                                     a lot of fun!
                     element. This can be problematic because someone will
                     always have a bigger or faster car—and such a club can          Heck, smiles are free—so give them away.
                     be more about competition than as a basis for mateship.         Editor’s Note: Intrigued by Darren’s adventures? Check out
                     So I said to my brother, ‘Why don’t we have a car club          the full record of his experiences as recorded in dfm on the
                                                                                     dfm website.
                     based on friendship?’
                                                                                     www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters
                     So was born the Old Mates Classic Car Club. The only
                                                                                     > Laird Darren Tales
                     criteria we have for membership is that you have to

             Update on the Partner Education and Employment Program
             Since its launch by DCO on              Defence partners, and we recognise           More information
             1 July 2010, PEEP has received an       that PEEP is a very valuable resource
                                                                                                  If you have any questions, please contact
             unprecedented number of applications.   for Defence families. We’re looking
                                                                                                  DCO or check the website for the latest
             Accordingly, DCO has had to close       forward to resuming the PEEP
                                                                                                  information about the program.
             PEEP applications until 2011.           program in the next financial year and
                                                     encourage eligible partners to apply         Email: peep@defence.gov.au
             DCO understands how important it
                                                     when applications reopen.                    www.defence.gov.au/dco
             is to provide education support to
What’s in your community?

The following profiles are some examples of non-Defence community based organisations or
groups at work in communities where Defence families live. When you move into a new locality,
check out what they can offer you… and what you can offer them.
Please also see the article on Community Gardens on page 13.

Kid’s Friends Mentoring                                           him to have had a mentor during his early teen years.

Program                                                           He told them that he is now successful at forming and
                                                                  keeping friendships, has full time work and is happy with
Brisbane, QLD
                                                                  his life. As a boy he felt that he did not fit in and he held little
Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, located in the northern         hope for future happiness. Through the relationship with his
suburbs of Brisbane, has been successfully delivering the         mentor he gained the confidence and interpersonal skills
Kid’s Friends Mentoring Program since 2002. The program           needed to function well in the adult world.
is designed to provide young people between the ages of six
                                                                  One young girl, aged 10, has experienced some wonderful
and 16 with a reliable, trustworthy, patient and understanding
                                                                  times exploring nature with her mentor. She has gained
adult to build a relationship with. This helps the young person
                                                                  confidence and is learning how to share with others.
to develop confidence, personal and life skills through adding
                                                                  This new ability to share has had a direct effect on her
to their network of caring, competent adults.
                                                                  friendships and in her family life and she is happier and
Volunteer mentors commit to the program for a minimum             more confident than ever.
of one year and spend time with their ‘Kid’ for a few hours
on a weekly or fortnightly basis.                                 More information
This program is operated on a small scale due to funding          For further information on the Kid’s Friends Program
availability, but has made a significant difference to the        contact Cathy McCabe during office hours
lives of many young people in our region. They hope to            9 am to 4.30 pm.
expand its capacity in the future.                                Phone:         07 3205 2955
Success stories                                                   Fax:           07 3881 2877
                                                                  Email:         cathym@prnc.org.au
A past kid, now 18, dropped in to see program staff a few
                                                                  Website:       www.prnc.org.au
months ago, just to let them know how valuable it was for
                                                                                                                Continued on page 10

Send us your tips and tricks
Being a Defence family is a challenge, with loved ones often away and postings every two to three
years. Furthermore, posting locations can vary dramatically—you can find yourself moving from the
cool windswept coast of Victoria to the sweltering tropical climes of Darwin or even Butterworth.
But Defence families are a resilient lot—not to mention smart, educated, well-resourced and trained
to adapt and overcome challenges that would bedevil others!
So if you have a tip about encountering and meeting a challenge that’s unique to Defence life,
let dfm know. We will publish your tips in the next edition.
Also, let us know if you found a resource that helped you cope with the unique Defence lifestyle.
It could be a website, book, film or television series, community event, organisation or even a person!
Let us know so we can share it with other Defence families.
To start the ball rolling, Julie Blackburn, National Convenor for Defence Families of Australia,
has offered the following fabulous tip:
What kids really need from their dads is a DVD produced by The Fathering Project, a non-profit
university group that helps fathers realise how important they are in a child’s life and to give
them advice on how to encourage their children. www.thefatheringproject.org

                                              Continued from page 9

                             Police Citizens Youth Club

                             Townsville, QLD
                             Situated in the centre of the twin cities, the Townsville     More information
                             Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) services the                Location: Lot 2, Wellington Street, Aitkenvale Parklands,
                             community of the Townsville and Thuringowa area and           in the centre of the twin cities. It is surrounded by trees
                             provides around 32 sporting and recreational activities.      and open parklands and neighbouring the Townsville
                             The centre has just recently been developed to create         Bridge Club and West Townsville Kindy.
                             a ‘family centre of excellence in fitness and health’,        Phone: 07 4781 9111 (office)
                             and includes a community gym, new activity space,                    07 4725 7563 (child care)
                             conference facilities, and childcare centre.                  Email: townsville@pcyc.org.au
                             Activities on offer include babies’ and parents’ exercise,    Website: www.pcyc.org.au > Branches > Townsville
                             gym kids, five different martial arts, boxing, playgroup,
                             old time dance, tai chi, futzal, trampoline and many          Opening hours
                             more. The centre also offers outside school hours care        Operating times: 6 am to 9.30 pm
                             and picks up students from school as far as Ryan              Office hours: 8 am to 6 pm
                             Catholic College, Wulguru State School, and Marian            Outside school hours care: 6.30 am to 6 pm
                             Catholic School.
                             Want to volunteer?                                            Is there a PCYC in your community?
                             The Townsville PCYC is interested in anyone that is willing   Police Citizens Youth Clubs exist in many towns and
                             to help out, either on a weekly, monthly, or occasional       regions. To see if there’s a PCYC in your new town,
                             basis. Contact the branch manager or come to reception        check with your local law enforcement office. The above
                             during office hours.                                          website will also direct you to Queensland based PCYCs.

                                                                                 Father’s Day at the Townsville
                                                                                 Police Citizens Youth Club
                                                                                 in September
                                                                                 DCO Townsville recently partnered up with the Aitkenvale Police
                                                                                 Citizens Youth Club with an event called ‘If your dad’s away, come
                                                                                 and play’. The event gave children the opportunity to connect with
                                                                                 male role-models within the community through sport, story telling
                                                                                 and craft. All up between 200 and 250 Defence family members
                                                                                 took part.
                                                                                 Events held included the reading of Sapper Pat books by a
                                                                                 Defence member to groups of children, shooting a fire hose at a
             ABOVE – Taking out a target with a fire hose
                                                                                 target with firemen, climbing over 10 Force Support Battalion’s
                                                                                 Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo truck, interaction with a an
                                                                                 Air Force member demonstrating Air Force equipment, messy play
                                                                                 with the Gecko’s Defence Family Centre, fun with a parachute with
                                                                                 the Tropical North Family Centre, martial arts, trampolining, soccer,
                                                                                 basketball and archery.
                                                                                 In addition to a fun time, families were able to talk with DCO staff
                                                                                 and receive information about the support systems and services
                                                                                 available to families. It was great to see families networking with
                                                                                 other people. The event provided an opportunity for families to
                                                                                 form friendships and social networks in a relaxed and comfortable
                                                                                 atmosphere. Many of the families who attended expressed interest
             ABOVE – Checking out the Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo truck      in joining the clubs offering activities on the day.

The Men’s Shed                                                     RAAF Pearce Toy Library

Puckapunyal, VIC                                                   Bullsbrook, WA
Men’s sheds provide an opportunity for men to get                  The toy library provides a loan service for toys and
together and work on worthwhile projects for their local           educational games to Defence families and members
community. Sheds provide a relaxed place for men to                of the local community.
make new friends, talk things over and learn new skills            Membership of the library is available for a small fee, and
and how to get involved in their local community. Sheds            children are encouraged to come into the toy library and try
also link men to information and services for a range of           out the toys so they can choose what they like. Short-term
health and wellbeing issues as well as trade related ones.         memberships are available—such as for families on short
The Puckapunyal Men’s Shed, established in 2007, has               postings, those who have possessions in storage, and those
some top class equipment in their Shed which is now                who have young children staying with them in the holidays.
located at the tin shed at the rear of the Puckapunyal
Medical Centre.
Members come together on Tuesday and Thursday nights
from 7 pm to share ideas and skills and learn to operate
machinery to make items for themselves, and the community.
It is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation under the auspices
of the Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre.
                                                                   ABOVE – Some of what’s in store—for kids, big and small
What’s next for the shed?
The guys are hoping to raise some funds to buy some                Defence and the local community
more tools and power equipment to provide the shed with            coming together
more potential items for the members of the community.             The toy library is run entirely by volunteers, both Defence
                                                                   and civilian, who are dedicated to keeping this service
More information                                                   operating in the community. Working side by side, they
For more information on the Puckapunyal Men’s Shed                 aim to fulfil the needs of both the Defence members and
and membership requirements, please contact Sergeant               the local community.
Shane Murphy or Sergeant Paul Hesk.                                In addition to the warm glow of helping others, volunteers
Phone: 03 5735 7702 (Shane)                                        will also meet members of the local community, which will
         0412 572 646 (Paul)                                       help them to settle in quickly and, we hope, form lasting
The information for this spotlight was sourced from the            friendships. Regular functions are held during the year,
June edition of the local Puckapunyal publication, The             including a wonderful Christmas party, with entertainment
Boomerang. For more information on The Boomerang                   for the children. Morning teas are designed to bring
please email.                                                      members together, so they can meet new people and
boomerang@mcmedia.com.au                                           chat over a relaxing cuppa. Children are always welcome.

Men’s sheds in other locations                                     More information
                                                                   For more information on the services provided, please contact
A number of local communities have embraced the
                                                                   the library, or the local DCO Family Liaison Officer (FLO).
concept of men’s sheds. To see if there’s a men’s shed in
your new town, check with your local government authority.         Contact:    Toy Library
                                                                   Phone:      08 9571 7491
                                                                   Contact:    Veronica Howard, FLO
                                                                   Phone:      08 9571 7015
                                                                   Toy libraries in other locations
                                                                   A number of establishments or towns with a Defence
                                                                   presence have toy libraries. Check out your local
                                                                   community, contact your local DCO office, or check out the
                                                                   DCO Community Groups website for more information.
ABOVE – Creating a              ABOVE – Dave Blair                 www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Groups
medal box                       working on a cupboard
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              Military Mums and Women                                          MMWAH was born. I sat down at my computer and typed

                                                                               a letter to DCO asking what they thought of the idea. They
              at Home Network                                                  thought it was great, and I have received so much support
              Canberra, ACT and online                                         from DCO and Defence Families of Australia (DFA) for my
              The Military Mums and Women at Home (MMWAH) is a new             group that I have decided to take it national. I had a website
              network for Defence partners who run a home business or          built to promote the group and build friendships, with a chat
              are looking to start a new business from home. The network       room, upcoming events and links to all of the family support
              assists members to attend regular events, meet new people        facilities provided by both DCO and DFA.
              and connect with each other. They have also recently created We are also planning expos for at home business mums
              a website to enable online connectivity across the country.  and I am hoping to be at every state and base launch in the
              More information                                             coming year. I hope to encourage women to see just how
                                                                           strong we are and how proud we should be of ourselves.
              The network meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
              Contact: Jodie Sargent                                       What’s the greatest challenge when running both a
              Phone: 0466 271 876                                          Defence family and a home business?
              Email: jodie.mmwah@yahoo.com.au                              The biggest challenge is to try to referee the children via post
              www.mmwah.com.au                                             it notes when I am on the phone in a meeting! I wanted the
                                                                           network to be accessed anywhere in Australia, either via the
              Also find the MMWAH on Facebook!
                                                                           website, email or face-to-face. The network not only has
              www.facebook.com > (search for) Military Mums
                                                                           support networks, but showcases many wonderful at-home
              and Women at Home Network
                                                                           businesses that can be taken wherever you are posted to.
                                                                           Network members will be there at your new posting to support
              dfm talks with the Military Mums                             and welcome you into your new community, because you
              and Women at Home Network                                    would have chatted to them either via the forum or email.
              Intrigued by this new Defence support group,
                                                                               What sort of businesses does your organisation
              dfm contacted Jodie, the group’s creator and                     have in its ranks?
              coordinator, to find out more…                                   The network has a huge range of at home businesses.
              Jodie, what’s your family’s Defence background?                  The most important thing about these businesses is that
              Paul [Defence force member] and I met three years ago.           they are portable, legitimate businesses that have stood the
              We were both coming out of long term marriages with              test of time. The scams on the internet have tarnished the
              children and wanted to take things slowly. After Paul and I      home business reputation, and this is what inspired me to
              had our first child together I moved to Canberra from Sydney     go in search of those that have been successful.
              and we combined our families. So not only did we build a
                                                                               What benefits would be gained from being part
              relationship whilst being apart, we also had a child together.
                                                                               of something like this?
              This should have been the fairytale ending. Not so much.         Your membership is free and you have access to so many
              Not only did we have to contend with issues arising out of       new opportunities for you and your family. Network your
              combining our families, but Paul was frequently away for         business within a community that understands, receive
              work leaving me to deal with being in a new state, no friends    support from other mums, monthly lunches, make new
              or support, the normal daily routines of home life, the kids     friends, attend network events and expos, family days and
              fighting and my daughter having to cope with changing            motivational workshops to help you cope with the everyday
              states and schools.                                              hurdles we face as Defence partners.
              I can completely understand how many Defence partners            What websites are helpful for promoting your group?
              feel isolated, overwhelmed and with these feelings comes         In addition to the main site, the network can be found on
              withdrawal. Withdrawal from the community and the support        Facebook, Yahoo groups, Skype and Linkedin. I update the
              networks that are there, but often never really spoken about.    sites regularly and all are welcome to join. Get to know one
              How did the network come about?                                  another and you never know, you may just meet someone in
              I was one of those who felt overwhelmed and isolated. I had      the same position as you… right around the corner.
              just started up a home business and was at a dead end. I knew    So join now and be a founding member of the group
              no one… so how could I make this work?                           and help others in our community!
              A thought then occurred to me. Other mums and Defence            Thanks for talking with dfm!
        12    partners surely must face the same feelings. That was when
Community gardens

How does my garden grow when I keep moving?
By Lois Wolfenden, DCO Melbourne
Defence families with a green thumb are hampered by the fact that
constant moving means just as you’ve gotten a nice plot going,
you may get a posting and have to start again.
You need not despair! If you love gardening but are reluctant to
invest the money and effort between postings, there are a number
of community garden organisations in Australia that encourage
volunteers to donate their time and skills to help plants bloom.
                                                                      ABOVE – Coomandook Area garden fence
Not only can you scratch that greening itch, you can help make        construction volunteers
a garden that will be enjoyed long after you’ve packed up your
trowel and watering can and moved to fields anew.

Stephanie Alexander
Kitchen Garden Foundation
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is
designed to help children get their hands dirty and learn how
to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, nutritional, seasonal
                                                                      ABOVE – Christie Downs garden construction volunteers
food. By setting a good example and engaging children’s
innate curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds,
the Foundation aims to provide children positive and memorable
food experiences that will form the basis of healthy lifelong
eating habits.
For more information about gardens near you and how you can
volunteer then see the Foundation’s website.
More information
www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au                                    ABOVE – Eastbourne Primary garden volunteers

The Centre for Education and
Research in Environmental Strategies
The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental
Strategies (CERES) is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment
and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in
East Brunswick, Melbourne. Built on a decommissioned municipal
tip that was once a landfill and wasteland, today CERES is a
thriving, vibrant community.
CERES has a number of part-time volunteers who help in many
areas, such as in the Market Gardens, site maintenance crews
and behind the scenes admin work.
For more information see the Ceres website.

More information
                                                                      ABOVE – Children and volunteers cooking
                                                                      in the Eaglehawk Primary kitchen
All images on this page supplied by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen
Garden Foundation                                                                                    Continued on page 14      13

                       Continued from page 13


                      A Permablitz is an informal gathering that brings people      get together and have fun learning about, designing and
                      together to create or add to edible gardens, share skills     implementing suburban permaculture systems with the
                      related to permaculture and sustainable living, build         aim of establishing edible gardens.
                      community networks, and, most importantly, have fun.          More information
                      Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, where       To see if there’s a group near you then check out the
                      participants learn a lot, share food, get some exercise and   following website.
                      have a wonderful time.
                                                                                    www.permablitz.net > Regional Groups
                      There are a number of websites set up to help people

       Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden
       By Jenny Hickinbotham, Williams Defence Community House
       In April this year the Wippa Snappa Playgroup received a $1000       We have had so much rain since we planted the vegetable garden
       grant from Landcare Australia and Coles to put in a vegetable        in May that it hasn’t been necessary to water the vegetables
       garden. The idea for a vegetable garden was to teach the             often, although the children did help to water them in using a
       playgroup children about gardening and vegetables in particular.     couple of small watering cans we bought specially for the job.
       Wippa Snappa’s Playgroup planned a working bee to establish          We have received another grant from The Dennis Family
       the garden and in May families got together to do the digging and    Corporation to purchase a water tank which will help make the
       planting. We purchased compost mix and sleepers to form the          garden sustainable.
       edging for the garden and local gardener, Alison Timms, came        The first of the vegetables were
       along to help out.                                                  picked in August—some beautiful
       We measured out the veggie patch and dug in the sleepers to         red radishes—and recently the
       form the edges. One of the children had bought their wheelbarrow playgroup children and their
       from home and everyone took turns to fill the garden bed with soil mums picked some yummy
       and compost and rake it into place.                                 lettuces to enjoy in salads. The
                                                                           vegetable garden is a great
       Alison helped the children plant the vegetables—she does a lot of
                                                                           source of pride to the playgroup
       work with the primary schools in the local area and is experienced
                                                                           and we thoroughly enjoy watching
       in working with children. She discovered that the best method is to
                                                                           the vegetables grow and picking
       let them have a go and just step in and help only when needed!                                       ABOVE – Raking the compost
                                                                           them when they are ready.
                                                                                                            into place
       The vegetable garden was designed with a walking path down
       the middle so the children can easily remove weeds, water, and      More information
       harvest vegetables. We do have a few problems with the children Contact: Jenny Hickinbotham, Coordinator
       walking on the plants, but this gets better as the veggies get      Phone: 03 9369 1916
       bigger and easier to spot!                                          Email: coord@williamsdefencecommunityhouse.com

                                                                            Check your local community
                                                                            house for a garden
                                                                            Like the Wippa Snappa Playgroup, other local Defence
                                                                            community and neighbourhood houses often have community
                                                                            gardens, hold courses or seek volunteers. The Watsonia
                                                                            Neighbourhood House, near Simpson Barracks, and the
                                                                            Laverton Renewal Program have community gardens.
                                                                            Local councils also are a source of contacts and
                                                                            information on gardening and environments.
      ABOVE – The working bee team

Community house

and group news
Would like your community house
or group profiled in dfm? Our Autumn
deadline is 15 February 2011.

Northern Beaches
Defence Families
North Sydney Area, NSW

Northern Beaches Defence Families Playgroup
provides a fun and stimulating environment for
babies and children up to five years of age.
It also provides an opportunity to get to know
other Defence families in the North Sydney area.
The Friday routine includes inside and outside play, arts and craft,   ABOVE – Some of the fun at the Northern Beaches Playgroup

story-time, singing and morning tea. Special events include an
Easter egg hunt and, if the kids are good, they even get a visit
from Santa at their Christmas party!
                                                                                    Find out about your
The playgroup has a babies area which includes playpen,
bouncers, swing and lots of toys. There is also a separate toddler                 local Community
                                                                             Events & Groups
area with slide, toys, books, puzzles and lots more—plenty of fun
for everyone!
If you come along, bring a hat for outside play, a healthy snack
to share for morning tea, a drink for your child and $2 a week
towards arts and craft supplies.
The first visit is free, so come along and have a cuppa—we’d all
love to meet you.
More information
When:     The Playgroup will run in 2011 every Friday from
          10.30 am to 12.30 pm. It also runs during school                     Looking for news on Defence community events
          holidays and welcomes school aged children.                             or groups or want to promote your own?
Location: The Playgroup is located at 28 Field Battery Depot,            Then visit the DCO websites listed below for information.
          South Creek Road, in Dee Why, about a twenty                        Events: www.defence.gov.au/dco
          minute trip from the North Sydney area.                                    > Community Events
Contact: Danielle, Coordinator
                                                                              Groups: www.defence.gov.au/dco
Phone:    02 9453 5509                                                              > Community Groups
Email:    nbdfplaygroupinc@live.com
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             Defence Mums                                                            Community
             and Bubs Richmond NSW                                                   Group Western
             We are a social support group for Defence Families in the Richmond
             NSW area. Our focus is on the mums and we meet at a child friendly      Australia
             venue. Come along and share your parenting triumphs and heartaches
                                                                                     Freemantle WA
             with a friendly, caring group of Defence mums who understand the
             challenges of deployments and distant family networks.                  Submariners are constantly challenged by
                                                                                     their unique work environment. The Submarine
             There is also a great selection of hot drinks available for mums,
                                                                                     Community Group (SCG) is a non-profit self help
             with home cooked treats often brought in to share.
                                                                                     group. It is an inclusive organisation made up
                                                                                     of Western Australian Naval personnel and their
                                                   BELOW – Tamsyn making use
                                                   of the equipment                  families. Membership is also available to all other
                                                                                     local Defence members, next of kin, retired Defence
                                                                                     Force personnel, widows of Defence members,
                                                                                     and others upon application.
                                                                                     Applications are to include your name/s and your
                                                                                     relationship to the Royal Australian Navy in Western
                                                                                     Australia—whether you are the serving member,
                                                                                     spouse/partner, next of kin, Army, Airforce, retired,
                                                                                     widower or other. Applications can be made via
                                                                                     email or mail.
             ABOVE – Tamsyn, Jasmine, Ziggy, and Timothy; Just another fun day at
             Defence Mums and Bubs Richmond

             There is no formal structure and no set play agenda or schedule for
             food time and activities—everything is flexible to suit you and your
             children. The kids generally occupy themselves with the vast array
             of equipment and toys, socialising at their own pace and creating
             their own play games.
             The facility is all at ground level, with easy access for prams and
             parking at the front door—no traffic or roads to cross. It is air-
             conditioned and open planned so kids can be supervised easily.
             There is also a sleep room for babies and the outdoor play area is
             fully fenced. No stress!

             More information
                                                                                     ABOVE – HMAS Waller at dock
             Where:       Windsor Baptist Church Kids Space, 739 George St,
                          South Windsor. Please note we are not a religious group,   More information
                          but are thankful for the use of this facility.
                                                                                     Email: submarine_community_group@hotmail.com
             When:        Wednesdays 10.30 am to 12 pm or whatever
                                                                                     Mail: Sub Force Human Resources Office
                          time you can make. We don’t usually break for
                                                                                            Sub Force Headquarters
                          school holidays but will stop over Christmas and resume
                                                                                            HMAS Stirling, WA 6958
                          at the start of the school year.
             Cost:        $3 per visit or max $20 per term (12 or 13 week block)     Facebook:
             Contact:     Tanya                                                      www.facebook.com > (search for) Submarine
             Phone:       02 4776 2899                                               Community Group Western Australia

Out and about with
DCO South Australia in 2010

                                                                                                                               Your Community
By Sally Wellington, DCO South Australia
We are rapidly approaching the end of another successful and busy year for DCO
South Australia. Looking back at 2010 there have been some wonderful events which
have provided us with opportunities to meet and assist many Defence families.

DCO South Australia has hosted a variety of functions         If you haven’t had the chance to attend a DCO South Australia
throughout the year including a welcome barbecue at           function this year we hope to meet you at future events, as we
the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and the ever-growing and         will certainly be out and about once again in 2011.
popular Families Day, this year held at the Adelaide Zoo.
                                                              Keep up-to-date with DCO South Australia
Our Absence From Home support functions have also
                                                              If you would like a copy of the DCO South Australia bulletin
been a great success with many families attending movie
                                                              emailed or posted to your home address, which includes
nights, boot camp and the incredibly popular Easter egg
                                                              a two-month calendar of events, please contact the DCO
hunt. All events have prompted a fantastic response with
                                                              South Australia team.
attendance numbers increasing throughout the year.
Most importantly, families have had the opportunity to        Office Address: Health Centre, Keswick Barracks,
strengthen their ties with the local community and build                      Keswick, SA 5035
networks that provide valuable support when a member          Phone:          08 8305 6231
is absent from home.                                          Email:          dco.southaustralia@defence.gov.au

Action in the air at Williamtown
By Pia Tjelder, DCO Hunter
On 18 and 19 September around 55 000 people enjoyed the action and
entertainment of the Defence Air Show held at the Royal Australian Air Force base at
Williamtown near Newcastle.
A variety of Navy, Army and Air Force ground displays showcased historic aircraft,
a Globemaster, security dog handling—including the cute little puppies—military
bands, helicopter joy rides, show rides, and displays.
The highlight for most was in the skies, with five hours’ worth of thundering jets,
war-birds, helicopters, and an array of Defence aircraft including the new Super
Hornet, the F-111 and historic aircraft like the Mustang, Sabre and Meteor aircraft.
Particularly exciting were the breathtaking maneuovres of the Roulettes Aerobatic      ABOVE – A C-17 Globemaster dominates
                                                                                       the crowd with its size
Formation Team and an F-111 carrying out a fuel dump-and-burn.
DCO’s display, in a specially fitted out hangar along with more than 70 commercial
and military displays, promoted our educational programs and the services DCO
provides to Defence families. We really enjoyed hearing the experiences and
answering the questions of the many community and ADF members who dropped
in for a chat.

Is there a Defence event on in your area?
Many bases hold open days or events like this. Not only is it a chance for you to
see the ADF in action, but it’s also an opportunity to meet and greet with Defence
                                                                                       ABOVE – An F-111 conducts a dump-and-
families as well as local organisations and groups.                                    burn for spectators
You can also check out the community events website for a list of upcoming
events in your area. www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Events

                    Defence kids helping
Your Community

                    Defence kids—the winners!
                    In May this year, DCO in partnership

                                                                              and the
                    with schools, community groups and
                    Defence families, asked for creative

                                                                              winners are...
                    and talented kids to enter the second
                    Defence Kids Helping Defence Kids
                    National Competition.
                                                                              4–6 YEARS
                    We were not left wanting! We received hundreds
                                                                              First:  Emma Harbert, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC
                    of submissions from Defence kids of all ages, and
                                                                              Second: Mia Fomiatti, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC
                    the sheer level of creativity astounded all who
                                                                              Third:  Jessica Wallis, Griffith ACT
                    came to the viewing room to see the submissions
                    laid out across the conference room tables.
                                                                              7–9 YEARS
                    The purpose of the competition was to support
                    Defence Kids month in May this year which                 First:  Emily Kilby, Bomaderry NSW
                    aimed to raise awareness of the challenges                Second: Jake Hill, Corlette NSW
                    faced by mobile students and to provide support           Third:  Jazelle Mackenzie, Wodonga VIC
                    to students and families during an ADF member’s
                    absence from home and the challenges of a                 10–12 YEARS
                    mobile lifestyle.                                         First:  Maddy Hogan, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC
                    Here now are the winners, who received gift               Second: Mhuron Beveridge, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC
                    certificates by way of prizes for their excellent         Third:  Mia Linden, Harrison ACT
                    entries. There were also quite a number of
                    highly commended entries who each received a
                                                                              13–15 YEARS
                    blue ribbon as well as a letter from the Director         First:         Alexia Houley-Dougherty, Wodonga VIC
                    General of DCO.                                           Second:        Acacia Griffiths, Kirwan QLD
                                                                              (Equal) Third: Tom Smethurst, Narrabundah ACT
                    A big thanks goes not only to the Defence
                                                                                             Emma Collings, Bomaderry High School NSW
                    kids who took part, but also the hard working
                                                                                             Elina Pope, Bomaderry High School NSW
                    Defence School Mentors and Defence School
                    Transition Aides that got behind the competition
                                                                              OPEN AGE GROUP
                    in their schools.
                                                                              First:       Jessica Fororee, James Collings and Lloyd Dakin
                                                                                           (joint entry), Bomaderry High School NSW
                                                                              Second:      Bree Cassman, Wodonga VIC

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  APRIL 2011
                                         National Calendar of Events
       With our focus on helping Defence families engage                 2011
       with their community, and with knowing how much                   International Year for People of African Descent
        Defence families contribute to charity and other                 International Year of Chemistry
           events, DCO is proud to present a national                    International Year of Forests
        calendar of events, complete with what’s on and                  International Year of Youth (12 August 2010–11 August 2011)
               weblinks to where to find out more.

             This calendar will appear in future editions of dfm.
                                                                         DATES    EVENT                    MORE INFORMATION
      The online copy of dfm will have live links embedded in the PDF.
                                                                         26       Australia Day            www.australia-day.com.au/

                                                                         27       International Day        www.australiaday.org.au/experience/
DECEMBER                                                                          of Commemoration
                                                                                  in Memory of the
DATES      EVENT                    MORE INFORMATION                              Victims of the
1          Red Ribbon Appeal        www.redribbonday.org.au

1          World AIDS Day           www.worldaidsday.org.au
1–8        Coastcare Week           www.coastcare.com.au
                                                                         DATES    EVENT                   MORE INFORMATION
2          International Day for    www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
           the Abolition                                                 1        Million Paws Walk       www.millionpawswalk.com.au
           of Slavery
                                                                         2        World Wetlands Day      www.environment.gov.au > (search for)
3          International Day        www.un.org/disabilities                                               World Wetlands Day
           of Persons with          www.idpwd.com.au
           Disabilities                                                  4        World Cancer Day        www.who.int > Events > World Cancer Day
5          International            www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
           Volunteer Day for
                                                                         8        UnitingCare             www.pancakeday.com.au
           Economic and
                                                                                  Pancake Day
           Social Development
                                                                         14       Heart Kids National     www.heartkids.org.au
5          International            www.volunteeringaustralia.org                 Awareness Month
           Volunteer Day
                                                                         14       International           www.parentproject.org.au
7          International            www.icao.int/icao/en/aviation_day
           Civil Aviation Day
                                                                                  Awareness Week
9          International            www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
           Anti-Corruption Day                                           14       National                www.shfpact.org.au
                                                                                  Condom Day
10         Human Rights Day         www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
                                                                         14–20    Sexual Health           www.shinesa.org.au
11         International            www.fao.org/mnts > International              Awareness Week
           Mountain Day             Mountain Day
                                                                         18       International           www.asperger.asn.au
18         International            www.un.org/en > Events Calendar               Asperger’s Day
           Migrants Day
                                                                         20       World Day of            www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
19         United Nations Day       www.un.org/en > Events Calendar               Social Justice
           for South-South
           Cooperation                                                   21       International Mother    www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
                                                                                  Language Day
20         International Human      www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
           Solidarity Day                                                23       Ovarian Cancer          www.ovariancancer.net.au
                                                                                  Australia’s Teal
                                                                                  Ribbon Day
26–31      Festive Recycling        festiverecycling.planetark.org
                                                                         26       National ‘Sunnies’      www.sunniesforsight.org
                                                                                  for Sight Day
  APRIL 2011
                                     National Calendar of Events

1        Business Clean          www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au     21–27     Seniors Week             www.nswseniorsweek.com.au
         Up Day                                                                                        www.cota-act.org.au
1        Sea Week                www.mesa.edu.au/seaweek.asp
                                                                    21–27     Celebrate our Cultural   www.multicultural.vic.gov.au
1        Consumer Fraud          www.ato.gov.au                               Diversity Week
         Awareness Week
                                                                    21–27     Salt Awareness Week      www.awash.org.au
1–31     Muscular Dystrophy      www.mdawa.asn.au
         Awareness Month                                            21–27     Week of Solidarity       www.un.org/observances > Weeks
                                                                              with the Peoples
4        Schools Clean           www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au               Struggling Against
         Up Day                                                               Racism

6        Clean Up                www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au
                                                                    22        World Water Day          www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
         Australia Day

6        World Day of Prayer     www.worlddayofprayer.net           23        World Meteorological     www.wmo.int/worldmetday
6–12     National                www.glaucoma.org.au
         Glaucoma Week                                              23        Ride2School Day          www.bv.com.au/ride2school

7–11     Orthoptic               www.orthoptics.org.au              24        World Tuberculosis       www.stoptb.org > Events
         Awareness Week                                                       Day

8        International           www.un.org/en > Events Calendar    25        International Day of     www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
         Women’s Day                                                          Remembrance of the
                                                                              Victims of Slavery
10       World Kidney Day        www.worldkidneyday.org                       and the Transatlantic
                                                                              Slave Trade
10–12    World’s Greatest        www.worldsgreatestshave.com
         Shave                                                      25        Close the Gap Day        www.oxfam.org.au > Close the Gap
13       Coeliac                 www.coeliacsociety.com.au >        26        Earth Hour               www.earthhour.org
         Awareness Week          Awareness
                                                                    27        Neighbour Day            www.neighbourday.org
13–20    Multiple Birth          www.amba.org.au
         Awareness Week
                                                                    28 Mar    Wound Awareness          www.elephantintheroom.com.au
                                                                    to        Week
15       A Taste of Harmony      www.tasteofharmony.org.au          3 April
19       National Youth          www.oxygen.org.au                  29        Arthritis                www.arthritisvic.org.au
         Tobacco Free Day                                                     Awareness Week
21       International Day for   www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
                                                                    29        Buy a Butterfly Month     www.butterflyappeal.com
         the Elimination of
         Racial Discrimination
                                                                    31        National Batten          www.battens.org.au > Awareness
21       World Poetry Day        www.un.org/en > Events Calendar              Disease
                                                                              Awareness Day
21       Harmony Day             www.harmony.gov.au > Harmony Day

                                                                      22      International          www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
                                                                              Mother Earth Day       www.earthday.net
1        April Falls Day—Falls   www.neura.edu.au > Falls & balance
         Prevention Network                                           23      World Book &           www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
                                                                              Copyright Day
1        National Smile Day      www.humourfoundation.com.au
                                                                      23      YWCA Day               www.ywca.net
2        International Pillow    www.pillowfightday.com
         Fight Day

2        World Autism            www.un.org/en > Events Calendar      23–29   UN Global Road         www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
         Awareness Day                                                        Safety Week

4        International Day for   www.un.org/en > Events Calendar      24–30   Global Action Week     www.un.org/observances/weeks
         Mine Awareness and                                                   on Education
         Assistance in Mine
                                                                      25      World Malaria Day      www.who.int > Annual Events >
5        Be alarmed!             www.changeyourbattery.com.au                                        World Malaria Day
         Change your smoke
         alarm battery                                                25      ANZAC Day              www.anzacday.org.au

7        Day of Remembrance      www.un.org/en (search for) rwanda
         of the Victims of the   commemoration                        25–29   National Playgroup     www.playgroupaustralia.com.au
         Rwanda Genocide                                                      Week
7        World Health Day        www.who.int/world-health-day
         (WHO)                                                        26      National Playground    www.playgroundsafety.org
                                                                              Safety Week
10       National Youth Week     www.youthweek.com
                                                                      26      World Intellectual     www.wipo.int
10–16    Waterworks Week         www.continencewa.org.au                      Property Day
         ‘Drink Smarter—Think
                                                                      28      World Day for Safety   www.un.org/en > Events Calendar
11       World Parkinson’s       www.parkinsonsvic.org.au                     and Health at Work
                                                                      28      Pay it Forward Day     www.payitforwardday.com
15–21    International           www.creativityday.org
         Creativity and
         Innovation Week                                              28      International          www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au
                                                                              Guide Dog Day
17       World Haemophilia       www.haemophilia.org.au
                                                                      29      World Wish Day         www.makeawish.org.au
17       Run for the Kids        www.r4k.com.au/r4k
                                                                      30      Dress Differently      www.dressdifferently.org.au
18       World Heritage          www.gdrc.org > Urban Heritage                Day—Autism
         Day                     and Conservation

18 –22   Playground Safety       www.kidsafe.com.au


                   They tried to make me go to
Your Community

                   Tamworth and I said yo, yo, yo
                   Tamworth—you may know it from the news as             course and with a number of years instructing on
                   the place where thousands of Country Music            helicopters, he was posted to BFTS in Tamworth.
                   aficionados swarm to at the start of each             Heatherlea Kelly and Jillian Croft from DCO Hunter
                   year for the country music festival that takes        sat down in September and talked with Lieutenant
                   place there. Located midway between Sydney            Commander Nathan Lewis and his wife Fiona about
                   and Brisbane on the New England Highway,              their relocation: how it went, how they stay in touch
                   Tamworth is a town of around 50 000 people            with friends and family, and what they think of
                   and a major regional centre. It’s also home           Australia’s capital of country music.
                   to the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying          Who are the members of your family?
                   Training School (BFTS).
                                                                         Our family consists of Nathan (dad), Fiona (mum),
                   Lieutenant Commander Nathan Lewis joined the          Callum (11), Noah (9), and Declan (6).
                   Navy in 1992. He studied at the Australian Defence
                                                                         How did you and your family feel when you
                   Force Academy and then went on to train as a
                                                                         first knew about the posting to Tamworth?
                   Seaman Officer. In 1998 he graduated Pilot’s
                   Course and Helicopter School before starting at       After 11 years in Nowra we were feeling very
                   723 Squadron in Nowra flying Squirrels. He then       apprehensive about leaving the boys’ home town.
                   posted to 817 Squadron and began flying Sea Kings.    We were worried about leaving Fiona’s job and our
                   Whilst at the Squadron Nathan was sent on numerous    network of friends. We also needed to consider what
                   deployments to many parts of the world on a number    to do with our home in Nowra and how to leave the
                   of different ships. After completing the instructor   coastal lifestyle behind.

                   ABOVE – The Lewis Family
How did you approach the posting?

                                                                     ADF Family Health

                                                                                                                                 Your Community
We decided to be positive and took on the attitude that
change can be good. We thought about changes to family
life together such as Nathan being at home and not away
at sea. We also thought that the opportunity to experience
                                                                     Trial update
country life would provide the boys with new challenges.             Are you posted or are about to be posted to one of the
What were the most important things for your                         following Defence locations?
family to consider?
                                                                      WESTERN AUSTRALIA                QUEENSLAND
The children’s schooling was our biggest concern. We also             Broome                           Cairns
needed to consider which area to live in and what housing             Derby                            Mount Isa
was available.
                                                                      Kununurra                        Thursday Island
Where there any hurdles to overcome?                                  Pilbara region (including        Townsville
Moving from a very established home and lifestyle to                  Karratha, Port Headland,         Tully
country life took a little bit of adjusting. Relocating over the      Carnarvon, Tom Price,            Weipa
Christmas and New Year period meant that not all services             Newman and Exmouth)
                                                                                                       NEW SOUTH WALES
were available. The funniest hurdle was the dead rat we
                                                                      NORTHERN TERRITORY               Singleton
found in our oven when we moved in! All we wanted was
a home cooked dinner after a week of takeaway, and our                Alice Springs
oven didn’t work. Electricians who can remove rats are not            Darwin
that easy to find!                                                    Katherine
What did you find helpful?
When we found out about the move, we visited Tamworth
                                                                     If so, then your family may be eligible to participate in
without the children to see the area and to start looking
                                                                     the ADF Family Health Trial which currently entitles them
at possible schools and housing options. The Tamworth
                                                                     to receive up to $320 per year in dental benefits and
Tourist Information Centre was a great resource for finding
                                                                     unlimited access to a range of medical services in a
out general information.
                                                                     general practice setting.
How did you and your children make new friends
                                                                     If you would like to find out more information, read the
when you moved?
                                                                     conditions of participation or to download registration
Our children started school at the beginning of the year so          forms please visit the following website:
they met other new kids and formed friendships from day
one. They also got involved in sporting activities and have          www.defence.gov.au/health > ADF Family Healthcare
made friends with children in the neighbourhood.
We took a little longer to form a new network of
friends, possibly due to the layout of Tamworth itself.            assistance and can connect you with others who can
Many families live on farms out of town making it                  help, such as Defence School Transition Aides to assist
harder to meet up with them.                                       with schooling, or social workers to help when needed.
What are the best things about being                               What helps you stay close to your
in a Defence family?                                               extended family and friends?
We enjoy the opportunities to see the world and meet new           We stay in touch through phone calls, emails, photos and
people. We have made so many connections with people               so on. The internet is a wonderful thing!
that we don’t see often, but enjoy that we can cross paths         How do you feel now after nine
anywhere and anytime.                                              months in Tamworth?
What advice would you give to a new                                Tamworth is a beautiful country town. We feel very settled
Defence family about moving?                                       here and have made lots of new friends that have helped
Remain positive. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Access all          us to feel like this is home. Now we are thinking of buying
of the resources available to you. DCO can provide a lot of        a farm. And yes… we would do it all again!

                  Defence Families of Australia news
Your Community

                               Message from the                                   A word of thanks…
                               National Convenor                                  It was indeed a pleasure to leave chilly Canberra and thaw
                                                Spring is here. Gardens are       out during a visit to the top end in late August. National
                                                blooming, grass is growing,       Delegate for Northern Territory, Marion Donohue, and I
                                                the sun is shining again.         were able to view housing in both Darwin and Katherine
                                                Spring seems to put a spring      areas and meet with local Defence Housing Australia (DHA)
                                                back in the step and shake        managers, DCO staff, Commanders and Tindal Senior
                                                away the cobwebs of winter        Representative Amanda McCue.
                                                or perhaps that was my quick      I was also fortunate to meet families and Commanders
                                                holiday to the beach?             while attending the farewell parade for troops at Robertson
                                                Spring also sees new posting      Barracks. The trip certainly gave me a greater appreciation
                                                orders come in, which means       for families living in the top end.
                                                many families begin the
                                                forward planning for pending
                                                moves, packing and new
                  ABOVE – Defence Families of   horizons. I wish you well in
                  Australia National Convenor
                  Julie Blackburn               your next adventure.
                  The past few months have seen increased contact from
                  parents of Defence members seeking greater input,
                  support and awareness of their needs. I invite you to send
                  me your feedback so that we can look at ways in which to
                  adequately address these concerns.                              ABOVE – Julie on a recent visit to Katherine

                  Service and support systems available to families dealing       Welcome aboard…
                  with mental health issues have also gained greater visibility
                  over the past month, and we continue to work with Defence       Jacqui Bennett was appointed as the National Delegate for
                  to address this area.                                           South Australia in July. She is an Air Force partner with five
                                                                                  children and has lived in Adelaide for three years. She has
                  We have welcomed back the Hon. Warren Snowdon as                hit the ground running providing valuable input to the DFA
                  Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, and look            team, and is looking forward to assisting other families living
                  forward to working with him again and to raising Defence        in the region.
                  family issues with him.
                                                                                  Julie Blackburn, National Convenor
                  The Defence Families of Australia (DFA) National
                  Conference, held in late June, allowed the our executive
                  team to sit face-to-face with Defence and Government
                  leaders. Our conference was well attended by Defence              Spotlight on Defence
                  staff who were keen to hear your feedback and discuss
                  issues affecting families. Delegates met with a broad range
                                                                                    Families of Australia
                  of leaders including the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief        Defence Families of Australia (DFA) represents the views
                  Marshal Angus Houston, and the then Minister for Defence          of families directly to Defence and the Government.
                  Personnel, Alan Griffin.                                           The current DFA Executive is largely comprised of
                                                                                    volunteer partners and has a combined total of over
                  DFA has now produced a comprehensive report, Agenda               140 years of ‘marriage to the forces’ and has
                  2010–2011, which outlines the results of DFA’s Stepping           completed over 50 postings.
                  Though 2010 survey, DFA involvement in Defence initiatives
                  in the past year, and priorities for the coming year. You can     DFA’s aim is to improve the quality of life for all Defence
                  download a copy at the DFA website.                               families by providing recommendations and reports as
                                                                                    received from family members, therefore influencing
                  www.dfa.org.au > NEWS/MEDIA                                       policy that directly affects Defence families, and ultimately
                                                                                    enhancing the capability of the Defence force.

                                                                                                                            Your Community
            Be aware of important                                         Be part of
            changes this posting                                          Defence Families of Australia
Please remember that Toll Transitions now handles all        You can show support for DFA’s goals of representing the
aspects of the relocation process. Upon receipt of your      needs of the modern Defence family by becoming a DFA
posting order from Defence, Toll Transitions will send       member though our website.
to your family a Pre-Application for Relocation letter.      www.dfa.org.au
This letter enables you to notify Toll Transitions about
your plans to move and tentative move dates. If you do       Members gain access to a wide range of online resources
not receive a this letter within 21 days of receiving your   and receive invitations to contribute to family consultation
posting order, please contact Toll Transitions on            on Defence policy. Members also receive quarterly DFA
1800 819 167.                                                email bulletins with updates on DFA activities, Defence
                                                             policy or program changes affecting families and tips to
The DFA website has an overview of the relocations           make Defence Family Life easier.
process, as well as guides about Defence localities
to assist Defence families to learn more about their         Your Regional DFA National Delegate
new posting.                                                 Keron Wise            ACT/Southern NSW
www.dfa.org.au                                                                     act.sthnsw@dfa.org.au

                                                             Kim McKay             Victoria/Tasmania
Ministerial appointment for your resume?
Pending appointments prior to publication of this edition
of dfm, DFA will have vacancies in our team at the end       Debbie Yates          Western Australia/Pilbara
of the year as our National Delegates for ACT/Southern                             wa@dfa.org.au
NSW and Western Australia will be moving from their          Marion                NT/Kimberley
current locations.                                           Donohue               nt@dfa.org.au
All National Delegates are selected by the Convenor          Dannii Khan           North Queensland
and appointed by the Minister for Defence Science and                              nth.qld@dfa.org.au
Personnel. National Delegates are partners of current full
time serving members of the Australian Defence Force,        Jillian Macey         South Queensland
have prior involvement with the DFA, and knowledge,                                sth.qld@dfa.org.au
empathy and understanding of Defence Families.               Julie Dryden          Central NSW
National Delegates develop and maintain excellent working                          central.nsw@dfa.org.au
relationships with Regional Managers of DHA, DCO,            Jacqui Bennett        South Australia
Defence support services, Toll Transitions, Commanding                             sa@dfa.org.au
Officers, and family groups. The role requires two week-
long meetings with the DFA executive in Canberra for         Amita Tandukar        National Communications Officer
training and the DFA National Conference. In addition,                             communications@dfa.org.au
the ACT and Southern NSW National Delegate is appointed      Annaliese             National Policy Officer
as the Deputy Convenor and attends meetings when the         McCammon              policy@dfa.org.au
National Convenor is unable to attend so they must reside
in Canberra or Queanbeyan.                                   Camilla               Lateral Recruits
                                                             Kerr-Ruston           lateral.transfer@dfa.org.au
This appointment will provide you with an opportunity
to directly improve the quality of life for Defence          Emma Ward             Administration Officer
Families and gain some unique professional                                         emma.ward@defence.gov.au
development and experiences.
                                                             More information
To find out more, call the DFA Infoline on 1800 100 509.      DFA website:        www.dfa.org.au
                                                             DFA Info Line:      1800 100 509
                                                             DFA email feedback: convenor@dfa.org.au
Your Community   defence

                         Has your Defence family welcomed a new member to the fold recently? If so, we want to know and we ask you to
                         share a pic of your bundle of joy with the rest of the Defence family. Please only send us clear, high resolution
                         images—300k in size or larger. Email: defencefamilymatters@defence.gov.au

                         Our recent arrivals…

                     Ryan, born November 2009               Eva, born October 2009                 William, born June 2010         Harry, born October 2009

                     Isabella, born March 2010         Lily Ma, born June 2008, with baby      Charlotte, born September 2010   Roxy (right), born January 2010,
                                                           brother Sylas, born May 2010                                                       and fan

                      Jessica, born April 2010              Patrick, born June 2010                Isobel, born June 2010         Aiden, born December 2009

                                                                                            In the Autumn 2010 dfm we created a category of new recruits.
                                                                                            If you have a pic of your child dressing up then send it in.

                                                            Cassidy and Adam trying               Abigail’s (born June 2010)    Lillyahna says ‘I’m off to work
                     Deakin with dad’s flying helmet                                              new wardrobe is a bit big!
                                                               out dad’s clobber                                                 with dad, and I’m going on
            26                                                                                                                        his big trip with him’
                                                                                                                          If you’ve a pet that’s as much a part of your
                                                                                                                          Defence family as the two legged sentient
                                                                                                                          kind then we want pics of them too.

                                                                                                                                                                   Your Community
 Jack (right), born May 2010, with his big sister Ella                       Cooper, born July 2009

  James, born August 2010                    Hudson, born July 2010                  Thomas, born January 2010.
                                                                                                                               Purrci, ready to head out bush with dad

     Lucas, born June 2010                  Sam, born November 2009                   Kiara, born November 2009

                                                                                                                                        Oscar hard at work!

    Hayden, born April 2010                 Luke, born November 2009                     Ethan, born May 2010

                                                                                                                           Fausto supervises Rowan’s pool cleaning task

   Olivia, born October 2009                  Phoebe, born May 2009                 Talon, at six months, with his
                                                                                   dad before dad goes out to sea!


Dad and his 18 month old, Joshua,          Recruit Indee Milla showing off        Checking to see if dad’s hat fits yet
   wearing daddy’s slouch hat.             the new fashion around base
   A little digger in the making!                                                                                                                                    27

                                                                                              An update on the
                                                                                              Timor-Leste Family Study
Your Family

                                                                                              By the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health
                                                                                              In the Winter 2010 edition of          ‘In early 2011 we will be inviting
                                                                                              dfm we introduced the                  more than 7000 ADF personnel
                                                                                              Timor-Leste Family Study,              and their partners to join the study.
                                                                                              funded by the Department of            ‘Their responses to the survey,
                                                                                              Veterans’ Affairs, and the first       and those of the pilot participants,
                                                                                              Australian study designed to           will provide a snapshot of the
                    When YOU deploy, your FAMILY deploys as well...
                                                                                              investigate the effects of recent      situation for Australian families
                  The aim of the Timor-Leste Family Study is to find out what happens
                  to families when a loved one goes on deployment.                            deployments on the health and          who have experienced the
                  To do this, we need to hear from:                                           wellbeing of Defence families.         deployment of a loved one’.
                  • Families who experienced a Timor-Leste deployment
                  • Families who experienced deployments to other locations                   Defence families were asked to
                  • Families who have not experienced a deployment AND                        sign up to the study’s pilot.          Potential participants in the
                  • Families who experienced a deployment together, but who are
                  not together any more.                                                                                             expanded Timor-Leste Family
                  If we can understand what happens to families, then programs and            About one hundred Defence              Study survey will be invited to
                  services can be looked at that help to make things easier.                  personnel and partners are             sign up from a sample of Defence
                                       Help us help you by:                                   participating in the pilot, many of    personnel. However if you would
                            • Telling your family and friends about this study
                                • Participating in this important research                    whom contacted the Centre for          like to register your interest in the
                     Call us on:1800 708 335 Email us at: families@cmvh.org.au                Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH)   study you are welcome to do so.
                                       Visit us at: www.cmvh.org.au
                                                                                              following the last edition of dfm.
                     A study under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Family Study Program
                                                                                                                                     More information
                                  Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health                    Chief Investigator Doctor Annabel
                  Mayne Medical School, Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006                                                               To register you interest, or for
                                                                                              McGuire would like to thank the
                                                                                                                                     more information about the study,
                                                                                              pilot test participants.
                                                                                                                                     please contact the Study Team.
                                                                                              ‘Your participation and feedback       Phone: 1800 708 335
     LEGACY IS                                                                                is helping us to make the survey
                                                                                              process smoother for future
                                                                                                                                     Email: families@cmvh.org.au

                                                                                              participants’, she said.

     promISE                                                                                  HMAS Melbourne’s
                                                                                              ultra-marathon for Legacy
     to mY                                                                                    By Tricia Muller, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer
     dAd      CHARLOTTE
                                                                                              Seventy one crew members of the Royal Australian Navy Frigate
                                                                                              HMAS Melbourne recently signed on to an ultra-marathon to raise
                                                                                              money for a very worthy charity—The Legacy Foundation. While the
                                                                                              ship was in transit from Australia to the Middle East, from Sunday
                                                                                              22 August until Monday 6 September, the crew had one person
                                                                                              moving around the course, 24 hours a day. The grand total distance
                                                                                              covered was 5687 km!
       A promise was made to a dying soldier in
       the trenches of WWI. A promise that his                                                The team used the everyday hero website to raise their funds. This site
       family would be looked after. With recent
       conflicts, our work is as important today
                                                                                              will remain open until Melbourne returns back to Australia in 2011.
       as it was when we began. Help us keep
       the promise, make a donation today.                                                    www.everydayhero.com.au > (search for) Melbourne’s
                                                                                              Ultra Marathon Team
       To DONATE, CALL 1800 534 229 OR VISIT LEGAC Y.COM. AU
                                                                                              For a full story of this event please see the online copy of the
                                                                                              Spring Summer 2010 issue.
         28                                                                                   www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters
Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night
Stepping up when Mum or Dad

                                                                                                                              Your Family
is away DVD
On 27 October the Vice Chief of the Defence Force,
Lieutenant General Hurley AC, DSC, launched the
Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night—Stepping up when Mum
or Dad is away DVD.
This DVD is designed to help Defence families manage the
challenges that may arise when mum or dad is absent from
home. The DVD provides information and advice on how
older children of Defence families can help to reduce some
of the negative effects of their parent’s absence from home.
It also examines the cycle of a deployment and how pre-
deployment, the deployment period itself, and the reunion
each have their own idiosyncrasies that can occur.
The strength of the DVD lies in the candid reflections of
the deployment process by the Service families that took       ABOVE – Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night—Stepping up when
                                                               Mum or Dad is away DVD
part, where the families openly discuss their thoughts and
feelings, good and bad. Not only will Defence kids benefit     Three versions of this DVD, for each of the services,
from seeing peers talk about similar experiences and           are available to Defence families from all DCO area offices.
emotions that arise from a deployment, Defence parents         DCO would also like to especially thank those Defence
will gain a better appreciation of how their children feel,    teens and their families who participated in the
and how family life can take a while to re-adjust to both      development of the DVD and who shared their
their absence and their return.                                personal experiences.

The RAAF East Sale region website
By Julianne Rogers, DCO East Sale

                                                                     The RAAF Base East Sale region website was
                                                                     created by the Wellington Shire Council, in
                                                                     collaboration with the Commanding Officer
                                                                     30 Squadron RAAF Base East Sale and DCO
                                                                     East Sale.
                                                                     Apart from having many useful links and local
                                                                     information, the website also has an option for
                                                                     Defence partners to submit their resume and
                                                                     find the latest employment information that is
                                                                     advertised in the local area papers.
                                                                     So, if you’re moving to Sale, or are interested in
                                                                     what’s going on in the local area, visit the RAAF
                                                                     East Sale region website.
ABOVE - The RAAF East Sale region website


                Communication Survey
                Judgement Day
Your Family

                                                                          By Belinda Mitchell, DCO Headquarters

                In the Autumn 2010 edition of dfm we asked families to         Family support not to be sold short
                complete the DCO Communications Survey so that we
                could identify how members and their families wanted           Ninety per cent of respondents noted that they are
                to receive information from Defence. The survey was            most interested in receiving information on Defence
                conducted online dur ing April and May this year.              organisations that provide programs and services to
                                                                               Defence families.
                The survey came about as a result of findings from the 2009
                ADF Families Survey, which recommended Defence improve         Ninety per cent also indicated that they want to receive
                the way in which it communicates with ADF families.            information from Defence regarding allowances
                The DCO Communications Survey examined the type                and entitlements.
                of information families want to receive, their preferred       Regarding relocation, respondents indicated that the most
                method for receiving it, and when they’d like to receive it.   popular type of information they seek is information on
                The results are a fascinating and informative insight          health facilities in the area.
                into how the Defence community wants to engage with
                                                                               Eighty-four per cent of respondents want to receive
                Defence, and are summarised below.
                                                                               information about community events and where to
                                                                               seek assistance in their local community.
                All hail email
                Most respondents indicated that they preferred to              While they’re away…
                receive information from Defence on their home
                                                                               Ninety per cent of respondents want to know who to
                email account.
                                                                               contact in the ADF member’s unit while the member
                While home email was listed as the preferred delivery          is away.
                method, Defence families also want to receive
                                                                               Around 84 per cent of respondents want to receive
                information from Defence via more than one delivery
                                                                               information on deployment, including information about
                method—specifically websites, the ADF member’s
                                                                               the deployment process, pay and entitlements,
                Defence email address, and home postal address.
                                                                               and deployment functions.
                Information regarding critical incidents, however, families
                                                                               Eighty-nine per cent wish to receive information regarding
                would rather receive face-to-face.
                                                                               critical incidents, including information about assistance
                Significantly, single ADF parents preferred to receive         provided to families and information about estate
                information via their Defence email.                           management, wills, and domestic violence.

                Twitter quitters?                                                  Defence families indicated that they
                The vast majority of respondents indicated that                    wanted to receive information about
                they do not use Twitter, MySpace or Wikis at home.
                                                                                   relocations, absences from home and
                Email and internet browsing were the most frequently
                                                                                   deployments prior to the event, as well
                used communication tools, with 80 per cent of people
                using email at least once a day, and 71 per cent                   as have access to it all the time.
                accessing the internet daily.
                Fifty-seven per cent of respondents noted that they had     The way ahead
                accessed the Defence general website in the last 12 months. As a result of this survey, DCO is working hard on refining
                The Army, Navy and Air Force Facebook sites were            its strategy and policy to improve how we communicate
                accessed in the last 12 months by 9 per cent, 4 per cent with Defence families. We will work toward both making
         30     and 3 per cent of respondents respectively.                 more use of Defence families’ home email accounts, and
improving our messaging using other communication              Communications Survey, don’t hesitate to contact us on
channels.                                                      the details below.

                                                                                                                               Your Family
Partners in Defence                                            More information
                                                               Contact:    Belinda Mitchell
A good start is DCO’s ever-popular Partners in Defence
                                                                           Manager Research and Evaluation,
website. This website is a one-stop-shop for members and
                                                                           DCO Headquarters
their families, summarising key information about military
                                                               Email:      bel.mitchell@defence.gov.au
service, conditions and benefits, services and programs.
It has attracted over 10 000 hits since its launch in June,
and is updated regularly by staff here at DCO.
www.defence.gov.au/dco > Partners in Defence
                                                                  Who participated in this survey?
                                                                  We asked spouses and ADF recognised partners of
Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD                                   permanent ADF members, permanent ADF members who
This DVD was launched on 27 October and is designed               were single parents, personnel who were both a permanent
to help families and older children understand the effects        ADF member and a partner of a permanent ADF member,
deployment can have on a family. See page 29 for more             and parents of permanent ADF members.
information. This DVD joins DCO’s library of other helpful        Sixty-one per cent of respondents were spouses of
publications and it, and other useful material, is available      ADF members.
from your local DCO office.
                                                                  A total of 1113 respondents took part in the survey.

Local area office newsletters                                     Fifty-four per cent of respondents were aged between
All of DCO’s area offices regularly publish newsletters that      30 and 44 years.
contain tonnes of information about your local community          Close to one third of participants indicated that they did
and the services offered to members and Defence families.         not have dependent children.
To find out how to subscribe to your local DCO office’s           Twenty-seven per cent of respondents came from
newsletter, visit the ‘contact us’ page of the DCO website.       Northern NSW, 22 per cent from Queensland, 20 per cent
www.defence.gov.au/dco > Contact Us                               from Southern NSW, and 18 per cent came from
If you want more information regarding the DCO                    the Central-West region.

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                       Adelaide welcomes 1st Brigade
Your Family

                       By David Stint, DCO South Australia
                       Relocating from Robertson Barracks in Darwin to                   what Adelaide had to offer in the way of schooling,
                       the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Edinburgh                  employment and housing options.
                       near Adelaide, 1st Brigade is starting its long trek              As well as new facilities and housing, new arrivals can
                       south. Since the decision to move the Brigade was                 look forward to an exciting time in Adelaide with its
                       announced in 2006, Defence has been busy preparing                regular Fringe Festival, Clipsal 500, and WOMADelaide
                       for the arrival of hundreds of soldiers and their families.       all occurring early in the new year.
                       Work is nearly complete on brand new facilities
                       including offices, workshops, community facilities,               More information
                       training areas, messes and recreation areas. Families             For more information about the Adelaide region see
                       have not been forgotten either—Defence Housing                    the following website.
                       Australia has built new married quarters within easy
                       commuting distance of the base.
                       To ensure a smooth transition, the DCO team in South                 Elements of 1st Brigade moving south
                       Australia has worked closely with Defence South
                                                                                            Units relocating to RAAF Edinburgh include the
                       Australia, 1st Brigade, Defence Housing Australia, Toll
                                                                                            7th Battalion Royal Australia Regiment, along with
                       Transitions, local councils and RAAF Base Edinburgh
                                                                                            sub-units from HQ 1st Brigade, 8/12 Medium
                       to plan the relocation. In addition, roadshows were
                                                                                            Regiment, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and
                       held in Darwin in May and August this year to provide
                                                                                            1st Combat Service Support Battalion.
                       families the opportunity gain first hand knowledge of

              Skills and support for veterans and their families
              The Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service               Heart Health program
              (VVCS) offers a range of group programs for eligible veterans,
                                                                                    VVCS also runs a Heart Health program for veterans.
              peacekeepers, their partners and sons and daughters, and
                                                                                    The Heart Health program is a 52 week exercise program
              F-111 fuel tank maintenance workers and their partners.
                                                                                    which includes two one-hour physical exercise sessions per
              All programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants.
                                                                                    week and 15 information sessions which provide helpful
              The programs provide information, education, skills and strategies    advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle issues.
              to support and improve quality of life for veterans and their families.
                                                                                      The program is supervised by an exercise physiologist and
              Participants in group programs may also find that they are a great
                                                                                      assisted by other health professionals and veterans receive pre,
              way of developing new networks, friendships and support.
                                                                                      mid and post-program testing to track their progress. Heart
              Groups are structured depending on the needs and availability of Health is also offered in outreach format so that veterans living
              participants. To find out more about whether you are eligible for       in an area with no group available can still participate.
              a group program, and where and when they are available, please
              contact VVCS to find the location of your nearest VVCS centre.          More information
                                                                                      Phone: 1800 011 046
              What’s available from VVCS                                            (This is a free local call. Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur charges.)
              Available programs run in metropolitan and regional locations
              across Australia include: Doing Anger Differently, Sleeping
              Better, Beating the Blues, and Mastering Anxiety.

              Lifestyle Management Program
              One of the most popular groups is the Lifestyle Management
              Program. This is a five day residential program for veterans
              and their partners and is designed to provide participants with
              lifestyle strategies and coping skills. This is a chance to ‘get
              away from it all’ and learn stress management and relaxation,
              anger and anxiety management and problem solving and
              communication skills.
Diversification in your family’s financial planning
By Daniel Mendoza-Jones, ADF Financial Services Consumer Council

In his 2009 book, The Ascent of Money, Professor Niall Ferguson         That’s not always easy to achieve where much of the

                                                                                                                                                                  Your Family
said this of the evils of leverage—the borrowing of money:              family’s income goes into mortgage repayments and daily
  From Buckinghamshire to Bolivia, the key to financial security        living expenses; but it’s important to remember when you’re
  should be a properly diversified portfolio of assets. To acquire      working out your long term financial strategies. Over the last
  that we are well advised to borrow in anticipation of future          twenty years, lots of the so-called ‘Masters of the Financial
  earnings. But we should not be lured into staking everything on       Universe’ lost sight of those simple truths.
  a highly leveraged play on a far from risk-free property market.      To learn more about choosing a financial adviser to help with
  There has to be a sustainable spread between borrowing costs          your asset allocation and wealth creation strategy, watch the
  and returns on investment, and a sustainable balance between          film Financial Advisers—The Facts and the Fiction on the
  debt and income.                                                      ADF Financial Services Consumer Council website.
To put it simply, by all means borrow money to invest in                More information
growth assets such as real estate, but understand that
borrowing is risky. Just like shares, real estate doesn’t               Got a question? Please see the website or email the council.
always rise in value—especially in the short term. In the long          Email: ADF.ConsumerCouncil@defence.gov.au
run, investors should be aiming to minimise risk by lowering            www.adfconsumer.gov.au
debt and diversifying their assets.

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                                                                       Mental health affects how we think, act and cope with
                                                                       day to day life. It is more than the absence of illness,

                             MENTAL                                           and includes well-being and resilience.

                                                                           The Directorate of Mental Health (DMH) undertakes

                             HEALTH                                       research, develops policy and coordinates training in
                                                                         the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol, suicide

                                                                        prevention and critical incident response within Defence.

                                                                              More information is available at the DMH website
                                to ADF members                       www.defence.gov.au/health/> Mental Health Self-Help Tips

                Defence Education news
Your Family

                One of the great challenges of being a Defence family is grappling with the issues that can arise
                from having school aged children and moving interstate. Each state or territory has its own
                educational idiosyncrasies and while the national curriculum will go some way to addressing
                many of these issues, there will be some elements that remain problematic.
                DCO has a number of initiatives to help Defence children         DCO’s presence at the conference provided an opportunity
                deal with the challenges of the Defence life.                    to network with Principals directly about the challenges
                Regional Education Liaison Officers (REDLOs) are                 and issues that many Defence school students and their
                professionally trained teachers who understand both              families face, as well as to promote the various resources
                the different state and territory education systems and          we have to assist both schools and families.
                the Defence lifestyle. They can advise Defence families
                and children on education issues, particularly related to        Workshopping the
                relocating. REDLOs can assist with changing schools              deployment rollercoaster
                between the various state and territory primary,
                                                                                 Back in August nine students from Years 10 to 12 took part
                secondary and tertiary education systems.
                                                                                 in the Rollercoaster of Deployment workshop at Geckos at
                The Defence Transition Aide program provides support to          Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.
                the children and families of ADF members, particularly when
                                                                            This is one of many workshops available to students of
                moving in and out of a school on posting or when a parent
                                                                            Defence families which is offered by DCO and facilitated by
                is absent from home.
                                                                            the Defence Transition Mentors from Ryan Catholic College
                More information                                            (Jacqui McDougall), Kirwan High School (Kerry Muhling)
                For more information about how DCO can help your family     and William Ross High School (Ceri Briant).
                see the DCO website.                                             The workshop helps students identify and manage the
                www.defence.gov.au/dco > Education Assistance                    emotions they may feel during the stages of deployment,
                                                                                 as well as offer strategies and coping mechanisms to help

                Principals Conference                                            when they do occur.
                                                                                 The students shared their experiences of parental
                DCO education staff attended the 2010 Principals
                                                                                 deployment, then participated in activities that examined
                Conference held in Perth in September. The conference is
                                                                                 how they deal with conflict. They identified their own
                one of the most highly regarded conferences by national
                                                                                 strengths and weaknesses and looked at how deployment
                education leaders, with over 800 Principals and Deputy
                                                                                 affects other family members.
                Principals representing independent and public schools
                from across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom,              Captain Josh Porter, 3 Combat Engineering Regiment,
                Canada and United States.                                        gave a presentation on his recent deployment to
                                                                                 Afghanistan. It helped students identify where their parents
                                                                                 or caregivers were going, their accommodation, and the
                                                                                 types of activities they undertake on a daily basis.
                                                                                 Major Al Green, the Public Affairs Officer for 3 Brigade,
                                                                                 also spoke about how returning soldiers undergo a
                                                                                 debriefing before commencing their leave.
                                                                                 After a question and answer session, the workshop ended
                                                                                 with a string toss. The students were asked to throw the
                                                                                 string to another student and identify something that they
                                                                                 had learnt at the workshop, and eventually a large web was
                ABOVE – Captain Josh Porter and Major Al Green join students
                from Ryan Catholic College, William Ross State High School and   formed to show that although we are all different we are all
                Kirwan State High School for the Rollercoaster of Deployment     connected in some way.
         34     Workshop at Geckos on Lavarack Barracks, Townsville
Social networking:
be social, but always be secure

                                                                                                                                Your Family
By Brooke Audsley
What all Defence members and their families need to know about social networking…
Many people do not realise that posting information on          Only accept friend requests from people you know directly.
social networking sites like Facebook can be used by            Criminals and foreign intelligence agencies often set up fake
foreign intelligence services and criminals to contact          profiles and try to add as many friends as possible—ensure
or harm your loved ones. Even if what you’re posting            you remove ‘friends’ you do not know personally.
seems insignificant to you, it may be the exact piece of
                                                                What is your responsibility?
information that someone is looking for.
                                                                As Defence members and Defence family members,
Foreign intelligence services and criminal organisations        you have a responsibility to be particularly careful of what
use the internet to obtain information about people of          you say in public and post online. An accidental release of
interest to them. Often, this information is openly available   sensitive information has the potential to compromise not
to anyone who knows where to look and what to ask.              only the security of your family, but the security of other
For example, if you write on Facebook the name of your          Defence families and ADF operations.
high school, this information may be used by a criminal
organisation to pose as you online.
Careless use of social networking sites and accidental
release of private and personal information can result in
threats being made to Defence members and families.
There are a number of precautions you can take to ensure
that you and your family are not at risk.
So what can you do?
Always be aware that anything you do online can be seen,
even if you think the site is secure. Modern technology can
even allow criminals and others to hack in to your online
profile, so you should always assume that someone,
somewhere, may be able to access your information.
Keep specific information to yourself. Do not post dates,
locations, unit numbers, names, photographs of you
                                                                ABOVE – Be social... be safe
in uniform, or any specifics about training missions or
operations. Much of this information is actually classified,
and posting it on unclassified websites is a serious             More information
security violation.                                             If you are ever unsure about what you can and can’t say
Also, think twice about posting any details about your          in public or online, contact your local security officer or
birth date, home address/phone number, schedule or job.         Service Security Authority for advice:
A basic rule to remember is: if it could be used against you Army           02 6265 6001
or your family in any way, don’t post it! You do not have to Navy           02 6127 3072
answer if someone asks you to be more specific.               Air Force      02 6127 2761
Be smart—be vague. There’s no need to say ‘My loved
                                                                Stay Smart Online website
one has been in Afghanistan for x months now and won’t
                                                                The Stay Smart Online website is an Australian
be home for another xx days’. All you need to say is
                                                                Government initiative that offers users information on
‘I miss my loved one very much!’
                                                                simple steps to make themselves secure online.
If you have children accessing social networking sites,
educate them about what information they shouldn’t post
or discuss online, and why.                                                                                                     35

                 In the downtime—writing                                                                  By Michael Hughes
Your Family

                 At dfm we’ve covered a number of hobbies                        What inspired The Aussie Outback Party and The
                                                                                 Aussie Outback School?
                 and pastimes enjoyed by ADF members and
                 their families. For most of us our downtime is                  When my daughter was two-and-a-bit, I was looking
                                                                                 around for Australian themed rhyming books—she loved
                 a fun, enjoyable distraction from day-to-day
                                                                                 the rhyming stories of Dr Seuss and Lynley Dodd’s Hairy
                 worries and tribulations. However, for others,                  Maclary series, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. So I
                 their downtime could one day become their                       wrote The Aussie Outback Party. My mother-in-law is an
                 uptime—a new career for when they leave                         artist, so I asked her if she would illustrate the story for
                 the ADF, or even a thriving secondary adjunct                   Kyra as her Christmas present. Family and friends loved
                 to their time in uniform.                                       the finished book and encouraged us to publish.
                                                                                 While writing is its own reward, actually getting
                 While Megan Bartlett-Horne, a Flight Lieutenant Air Traffic
                                                                                 published is like winning lotto for a writer. How did
                 Controller, is not leaving the ADF anytime soon, she has
                                                                                 you end up getting the books out there?
                 however managed to win professional recognition for her
                 downtime poison of choice; writing. Megan, along with           Initially, we thought we’d go the traditional route, via a
                 illustrator Sue Horne, recently won the Australian Bush         publishing company, but we found that any who were
                 Laureate Awards 2010 for Children’s Books with their            interested in the text wanted to use their own illustrators,
                 book The Aussie Outback School, having placed as a              so we ended up self-publishing. Thanks to my in-laws’
                 finalist the previous year with their first book The Aussie     travels, we have our books stocked in over 100
                 Outback Party.                                                  outlets—mainly tourist centres—around Australia.

                 Megan, what attracted you to writing?                           The Aussie Outback Party has sold out of its first print
                                                                                 run of 3000 and we are reprinting now. ‘Outback School’
                 I have always been a hobby writer, for as long as I can
                                                                                 is selling strongly and I am currently working on our
                 remember. I’ve written poems for family birthdays and
                                                                                 third book, also in the Outback series. The success of
                 Mothers’ and Fathers’ days. I wrote my first ‘novel’—all
                                                                                 the songs on the read-along CD that comes with the
                 eight pages—at the age of 10 and scored $50 for second
                                                                                 books—which also won an award for song-writing—has
                 prize in the QATIS literary competition (poetry) when I was
                                                                                 inspired us to release a CD this year as well.
                 12. I write as stress relief; poems, stories, songs, plays...
                                                                                 Wow; Air Traffic Controller, mum, book writer,
                                                                                 song writer, and publisher: that’s an incredible
                                                                                 number of hats!
                                                                                 Between work, parenting and writing I certainly keep
                                                                                 busy enough!
                                                                                 Thanks for talking with dfm.

                                                                                 FAR LEFT – The Outback School
                                                                                 LEFT – The Outback Party

                     Pennymeg press, Megan and Sue’s publishing company, have kindly given us four copies
                     each of The Aussie Outback Party and The Aussie Outback School. To enter the draw to
                     win one of these books, please email or mail dfm by 15 January 2011, with the subject
                     Outback Party and/or Outback School.
Writing—anyone can                                         Cracking a spine:

                                                                                                                          Your Family
do it, anywhere                                            Book review time
Writing is almost the ultimate portable hobby as all
you need is a pen, paper, and something to write           Here at dfm we’re lucky enough to receive offers from
about. Though I admit using a computer is more             publishers to review recent releases. Thanks to our pool
efficient, especially for those of us with hideous         of dedicated readers we have reviewed four
penmanship. Many towns and regional centres have           books—two here and two online—that you may like.
writers’ groups and chances are your local bookstore       Giveaways
or library knows where to find them. Writers’ groups
                                                           We have a number of copies of each of the books
are great places to field test your work, allowing you
                                                           reviewed to give away to readers. To go into the draw
to workshop a piece and knock the rough edges off.
                                                           to win a copy please email dfm with the book title as
For those of you who prefer cyberspace, numerous
                                                           the subject. Make sure to include a mailing address
writers’ groups, especially genre-specific ones, can
                                                           where we can send the book.
be found on the internet.
For those of you who want to put your words out            Online reviews
there, remember we live in an age where you can            Daria Sigma reviews the Cricket Tragic’s Book of
effectively publish for free online and have your work     Cricket Extras, Volume 1 and Michael Hughes
potentially read by anyone in the world. So don’t let      reviews Crumps and Camouflets, a history of
the daunting idea of having to jump the many hurdles       Australian tunnelling operations in World War One.
to be physically published in a dead-tree format hold      See the online copy of the Spring Summer 2010 edition.
you back from giving it a red-hot go.
                                                           www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters
If you are an ADF member who is submitting work for

publication, especially for those writing about work
related issues, please ensure you consult the relevant

                                                           The Men
policies and instructions on disclosure.

                                                           Who Came
                                                           Out of the
                                                           Paul Cleary
                                                           Published by
                                                           Hatchette, Sydney 2010
                                                           Reviewed by Tom Lewis
                                                           When war started against the Japanese in 1941, Australia
                                                           went on the front foot immediately. Australia sent men
                                                           and materiel to bases in the islands north of Australia, and
                                                           worked hard to establish areas where they could fight the
                                                           invaders and win. Unfortunately, the enemy was stronger
                                                           than Australia envisaged and Australia suffered a number
                                                           of losses. Amongst other vessels, Australia lost the
                                                           destroyer HMAS Voyager and the corvette
                                                           HMAS Armidale, and later the cruiser HMAS Perth in
                                                           and around the Sunda Strait in Indonesia.
ABOVE – Children gather around to hear Flight Lieutenant
Megan Horne from No. 44 Wing Detachment Amberley,                                                 Continued on page 38
read her award winning children’s book at the Amberley
Child Care Centre                                                                                                         37

                 Continued from page 37                                          numbers. Much of Sparrow Force was captured or
                                                                                 forced to surrender in very arduous ground, and soon
                 The fight from our combat troops in the northern islands
Your Family

                                                                                 there was little left of the so-called defenders.
                 is largely unknown in popular accounts of Australian
                 military history. Therefore, it is good to see Paul Cleary’s    While Cleary’s book charts the overall picture in detail,
                 book tell the story of one of these units sent north,           it is with the survivors that his main narrative is
                 2/2 Company Sparrow Force, in intense detail.                   concerned. He recounts the ingenuity of the troops;
                                                                                 building radios of spare parts; linking up with Timorese
                 Sparrow Force was a collection of some 1400 men,
                                                                                 resistance, and hanging on grimly as the war intensified
                 armed with two 6-inch naval guns; an engineer
                                                                                 around them in what was to become enemy territory.
                 company; an anti-tank unit, and a variety of other
                 specialisations that even included some dentists.               Supported with a good collection of photos, The Men
                 Following the taking of Singapore and the bombing of            Who Came Out of the Ground is an easy but interesting
                 Darwin, the Japanese landed in the islands in immense           and detailed read, and thoroughly recommended.

                 Willingly into the Fray:                                                         into
                 One Hundred Years of                                                           the Fray
                 Australian Army Nursing
                                                                                                 One Hundred Years of Austr
                                                                                                                                alian Army Nursing

                 Catherine McCullagh (ed)
                 Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010
                 Reviewed by Samantha Simpson
                                                                                                          Edited by Catherine McCul

                 Willingly into the Fray is not the stereotypical military      end of each sub chapter you are left wanting more
                 history book or typical of heroic biographies which can        and this is what makes Willingly into the Fray stand out
                 be afflicted by bias. In this honest look at one hundred       from other books that are available on the history of
                 years of Australian Army Nursing, editor Catherine             military nursing.
                 McCullagh takes the reader on a journey from the Boer          The book is also well illustrated with photographs and
                 War in 1899 through to Banda Aceh in 2005 as seen              maps. It also has a glossary of medical terms and for
                 through the eyes of Australian Army Nurses who have            deciphering the many acronyms. The writing style is
                 served in these conflicts.                                     very conversational and would appeal to a wide range
                 McCullagh has sourced 65 contributors willing to               of readers, not just academics or researchers.
                 share their recollections, diary excerpts, poems               Willingly into the Fray is one of those rare books that
                 and direct quotes so the editorial content has been            will leave the reader moved and challenged beyond
                 restricted to providing contextual links, additional           expectation. Expect to laugh, to cry, to share the horror
                 facts and endnotes.                                            of war and the devastation wrought by nature.

                 The book examines specific conflicts or areas of               Whilst it is easy to be inspired by reading these
                 humanitarian operation, providing a brief overview             personal stories, what is harder is to imagine how you
                 of the operation, a map to provide context, and the            would cope in those situations. I can almost guarantee
                 personal accounts of nurses who were sent—or                   that you will find yourself asking one very simple
                 volunteered—to provide medical support to the troops           question: would I go so willingly into the fray?
                 or to contribute to the humanitarian aid effort. At the        Highly recommended.

ADF Mental Health Strategy
All hours Support Line
                             A 24/7 mental health support
                             and referral service. Personnel
                             can call when they are in crisis
                             due to a personal, work or family

                                                                                                                                                 Your Family
                             issue, or just to discuss mental
                             health concerns. They will be
                             provided with confidential advice
                             on options for support. The
                                                                  Family member deployed & need
                             service is available to Australian   Defence assistance for welfare
1800 628 036                 Defence Force members, Cadets,
(Free call within Australia) and their families on a 1800 toll
                                                                  or family support services?
                             free number from fixed lines         Then call the National Welfare Coordination Centre
+61 +2 9425 3878             and an ‘02’ number for callers       (NWCC). The NWCC is a 24/7 call centre that provides
(Outside Australia)                                               the families of members who are
                             from overseas.
                                                                  away from home with a confidential
                                                                  central point of contact for the
                                                                  referral of welfare and family

1800 - I’m Sick
                                                                  support services.

                                                                  Phone: 1800 801 026
                                                                  Email: nwcc.australia@defence.gov.au
(1800 467 425)                                                    Web: www.defence.gov.au/nwcc

A confidential information and referral line                      CADET INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week                           The Australian Defence Force Cadets is a
for serving ADF members who are away                                  community-based youth development organisation
from their home town and are uncertain                                of 22 000 cadets and approximately 2300 cadet
                                                                      sta in 454 units and squadrons across Australia.
of where to go for medical treatment. This
number does not replace 000 if you require
immediate help for a life‑threatening injury.

                                                                                                                                     for life.
                                                                      Cadets provides skills and attributes that set young people up f lifef

New Transition Support
Services website:
Early planning and preparation will assist in achieving a successful transition from military to civilian life.
The Transition Support Services website can provide you and your family with information on:

        •   Separation Administration                             •    Compensation and Service Pensions
        •   Education and Training                                •    Finance and Legal Matters
        •   Future Employment Support—CTAS                        •    Superannuation
        •   Reserve Service                                       •    Housing and Relocation
        •   Medical and Dental                                    •    Additional Support and Family Services

                  The website also has the list of Transition Seminar locations and dates.
                         Partners of ADF members are encouraged to attend.
                           www.defence.gov.au/transitions                                                                                        39
Defence Community Organisation
contact details
                                                                                              Internet: www.defence.gov.au/dco

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Phone: 02 6266 6360
dco.canberra@defence.gov.au                                               TOWNSVILLE OFFICE                   LAVERTON OFFICE
                                     NORTHERN TERRITORY                   Nathan Business Centre              Building L 31
NEW SOUTH WALES                      DARWIN OFFICE                        340 Ross River Road                 Tangmere Road
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                                     Phone: 08 8935 7900
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                                     dco.darwin@defence.gov.au            CAIRNS OFFICE
SYDNEY NSW 2000                                                                                               SALE OFFICE
Phone: 9393 3314                     TINDAL OFFICE                        3 Jensen Street
                                     Tindal Community Centre              MANOORA QLD 4870                    Building 530
dco.sydney@defence.gov.au                                                                                     Hudson Avenue
                                     Easton Parade                        Phone: 07 4053 9300
LIVERPOOL OFFICE                                                                                              RAAF Base
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Moorebank Avenue                                                                                              EAST SALE VIC 3852
                                     Phone: 08 8973 7134
Liverpool Military Area                                                                                       Phone: 03 5146 6030
                                     dco.tindal@defence.gov.au            SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     dco.sale@defence.gov.au
Phone: 02 8782 4864                  QUEENSLAND                           ADELAIDE OFFICE                     PUCKAPUNYAL OFFICE
dco.liverpool@defence.gov.au                                              Health Centre                       Vivi Street
                                     BRISBANE OFFICE*                     Keswick Barracks                    PUCKAPUNYAL VIC 3662
RICHMOND OFFICE                      71 Osborne Road                      KESWICK SA 5035                     Phone: 03 5735 7731
Building 14                          MITCHELTON QLD 4053                  Phone: 08 8305 6231                 dco.puckapunyal@defence.gov.au
Delarue Street                       Phone: 07 3354 0500                  dco.southaustralia@defence.gov.au
RAAF BASE                            dco.brisbane@defence.gov.au                                              ALBURY WODONGA OFFICE
RICHMOND NSW 2755                                                                                             Building 109, Carlisle Way
Phone: 02 4587 1130                  *From late November 2010 until                                           Gaza Ridge Barracks
dco.richmond@defence.gov.au          mid February 2011 the Brisbane       HOBART OFFICE                       NORTH BANDIANA VIC 3694
                                     office will be located at the         Anglesea Barracks                   Phone: 02 6055 2130
                                     following address. However phone     Davey Street                        dco.bandiana@defence.gov.au
Level 2, Suite 2, Bridgeton House
                                     and email details will not change:   HOBART TAS 7000
55-57 Berry Street
                                                                          Phone: 03 6237 7191                 WESTERN AUSTRALIA
                                     Building 3 (Top and Basement)        dco.tasmania@defence.gov.au
Phone: 02 4421 3855                  Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace                                        ROCKINGHAM OFFICE
dco.nowra@defence.gov.au             PADDINGTON QLD 4064                                                      23 Chalgrove Avenue
                                                                                                              ROCKINGHAM WA 6168
HUNTER OFFICE                        AMBERLEY OFFICE                                                          Phone: 08 9591 9596
                                                                          MELBOURNE/MACLEOD OFFICE
Williamtown & Singleton              Hudson Road                          1st Floor, 661 Bourke Street        dco.wa@defence.gov.au
Building 225                         RAAF Base                            MELBOURNE VIC 3001
McNamara Drive                       AMBERLEY QLD 4306                                                        PEARCE OFFICE
                                                                          Phone: 03 9282 3028                 Family Services Centre
RAAF Base                            Phone: 07 5361 1678                  dco.melbourne@defence.gov.au
WILLIAMTOWN NSW 2314                                                                                          RAAF Base Pearce
Phone: 02 4034 6973                                                                                           BULLSBROOK WA 6084
dco.hunterRIMS@defence.gov.au                                                                                 Phone: 08 9571 7015

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dfm Spring Summer 2010 online-only articles

Online-only article index
Your Community ...........................................................................................................2
   HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy [full article] ...................................2
       What is the Legacy Foundation?............................................................................3
   Darwin Absence from Home Christmas Function.....................................................3
   Tropical talking—the Cairns Defence families’ forum .............................................4
       Relocations—when it works well ..........................................................................4
       Absence from home—when it works well.............................................................4
   Pizzas and panels in the ACT ....................................................................................5
       More information ...................................................................................................5
Reviews and submissions ..............................................................................................6
   Cracking a spine—book review time.........................................................................6
       Giveaways! ............................................................................................................6
       Crumps and Camouflets by Damien Finlayson .....................................................6
       The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras, Volume 1 by Marc Dawson..........7
Your Community
‘Your Community’ provides articles about ADF members and their families engaging
with their local community, or coming together to enjoy each other’s company at

HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy [full article]
By Tricia Muller, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer
Seventy one crew members of the Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Melbourne
recently signed on to an ultra-marathon to raise money for a very worthy charity, The
Legacy Foundation. The goal—having at least one person moving around the course,
24 hours a day, from when Melbourne left its last Australian port until the ship
reached the Middle East.
This event, held from Sunday 22 August until Monday 6 September, built mateship
and teamwork within ship’s company, helped members to improve their fitness, and
encouraged them to set and achieve significant personal goals.
At times the ship had up to five participants with a few extras from the ship’s crew
jumping in for support and company. With some members even completing two legs
during a 24 hour period, the team ran between 400 and 500 kilometres per day.
Finally, the end was in sight. At 6 am on 6 September, the ultra-marathon participants
met for the final laps of the 58 metre flight deck. Shoulder to shoulder they embraced
the final steps of their amazing achievement for Legacy, and in recognition of those
who served.
The grand total in 16 days … the team completed 5687 kilometres!

ABOVE – The ultra-marathon team following their epic run
In addition to raising awareness of The Legacy Foundation, the goal was to raise a
donation of at least $20 000 through the event’s website at Every Day Hero, where
friends, family and the community could log on and show their support by donating
towards individuals or the entire team. The site also enabled updates on the team’s
progress, with the distance covered on a daily bases posted online.
These are only a few of the many plans the Melbourne has to raise money for the
Legacy Foundation. The site will remain open until Melbourne returns back to
Australia in 2011.
www.everydayhero.com.au > (search for) Melbourne’s ultra marathon team

What is the Legacy Foundation?
Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to Australian families suffering
financially or socially after the death of a spouse or parent during or after their
Defence service. They currently care for 115 000 widows and 1900 children and
dependants throughout Australia. They help ensure that the sacrifice of Australians
who have paid the ultimate price will never be forgotten.
Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this article appeared in the hard copy of the dfm
Spring Summer 2010 edition.

Darwin Absence from Home Christmas Function
By the DCO Darwin Team
It’s that time of the year; when the Christmas tree is brought out of storage, when the
decorations are hung (with care), and our social calendars become full of Christmas
                                   Kicking off the festive season, DCO Darwin held
                                   its annual Christmas function for Defence families
                                   who have a parent currently deployed or absent
                                   from home on Saturday 20 November at Lake
                                   More than 250 people came and participated in the
                                   activities on offer such as the rock climbing wall,
                                   face painting, a water slide, a jumping castle and
                                   ‘Life Be In It’ games.
Ho, ho, ho Merry (hot)             The heat was no barrier as kids of all ages got
Christmas!                         involved and shared a few laughs and good times.
                                 There was even a surprise visit by Santa, who took
some time out from his busy schedule to hand out some treats to all the kids.
After all that exercise and excitement everyone then enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch
and some refreshments lovingly prepared by DCO Darwin staff.
From all accounts a great day was had by all.
DCO Darwin has many more similar events planned for 2011.
Tropical talking—the Cairns Defence families’ forum
By the DCO Cairns Team
On 30 October ten Defence families gathered together at Porton Barracks, Cairns, to
discuss relocations and absence from home issues, and what works well to help
manage those periods of Defence life.
The forum started off with a ‘get to know each other game’ where participants talked
about what individual talents or assets they had, such as being able to play the
trumpet, being a confident speaker, or being able to ‘talk my way into any job’.
Forum participants then calculated their combined total time in ‘Defence life’—
171 years—and that collectively they’d undergone as many as 65 relocations. As for
the number of deployments experienced it was quickly decided there were ‘too many
to count’.

Relocations—when it works well
The forum workshopped various ideas about the relocations process and at the end of
the discussion came up with elements they felt helped the process.
Families at the forum said maintaining a positive attitude to moving was crucial and
that families needed to be organised, such as finding out about the new area, and also
to be adaptable. Forum members also said that families needed to push themselves to
make connections in their new community—such as by meeting neighbours or joining
in family support activities and functions.
For the member themselves, suggestions included making contact with predecessors
to gain ‘intelligence’ on the new locality, as well as encouraging their partners to
attend functions and participate in activities.
For commanders, participants said they needed to clarify the mission of the members’
job to new partners, provide opportunities for families to network, and endorse DCO
functions and activities to members. It was also suggested that welcome events be
held for new members to the unit.
For DCO, the forum said that the following were all very useful for relocating
families: welcome emails, welcome calls, welcome events, networking opportunities,
local area information, spouse employment and other assistance programs.

Absence from home—when it works well
The forum said that families of deployed members do best when they have good
planning, preparation, and information such as attending a pre deployment brief for
families, which also provides a networking opportunity as well as good contingency
The forum said that maintaining a positive attitude and being flexible was a must—
expect the unexpected! Other positive steps that could be taken were to create warm
family memories prior to leaving, approach the absence from home as a team, set
goals—keep eyes on the prize—and making sure to look after themselves by keeping
fit and being active.
Maintaining positive connections in the community also helps deal with absence from
home—such as with other partners, community groups, neighbours, and family of
Prior to leaving, the member could also assist partners to meet the partners of other
Defence personnel. In addition DCO and the Defence Community Recreation Centre
could also help maintain networking opportunities.
The other important element of a successful absence from home strategy was
preparing children for the deployment, with the forum noting the many resources
DCO has on offer to assist with this process.
More broadly the forum said that absence from home worked well when a Defence
family had understanding employers, the whole of Defence community worked
together to provide good information and opportunities for networking for spouses,
and there was a team approach by the member and their partner in knowing what
to expect.
The forum also said it was important that the partner know what the expected level of
connectivity between the deployed member and their families would be—such as
frequency and method of contact—and that pre-deployment briefs should make sure
to cover this topic.

Pizzas and panels in the ACT
By the DCO Canberra Team
Pizza and panel nights are informal sessions for the families of deployed members,
where Defence families gather to have pizza and listen to DCO staff and invited
speakers—such as a serving member recently returned from overseas and the spouse
of a deployed member—discuss issues that can and do arise during a deployment.
Speakers also discuss family processes and strategies that may or may not have
worked during a deployment.
DCO Canberra also have representatives from the key sections within the office—a
Military Support Officer, a Social Worker and a Family Liaison Officer—to provide
insight into support services provided by DCO and answer questions family members
might have.
Each pizza and panel evening runs for two hours, with one and a half hours devoted to
the presentation and the Question and Answer session, and the rest of the time
allowing for informal networking discussions.
Three pizza and panel nights were held in 2010 and they will also be a regular event
for Canberra Defence families in 2011.

More information
If you’re interested at coming along to the next Pizza and Panel evening please
contact Caroline or Doug.
Contact: Captain Caroline Dempsey
Phone: 02 6266 6360
Email: caroline.dempsey@defence.gov.au
Contact: Doug McGlynn
Phone: 02 6266 6360
Email: douglas.mcglynn@defence.gov.au

Reviews and submissions
Have you got a book you’d like families to know about, or have you got a submission
for dfm? We love books and we love submissions!
Our copy deadline is 15 February 2011 for the next edition.

Cracking a spine—book review time
Here at dfm we’re lucky enough to receive offers from publishers to review recent
releases. Thanks to our pool of dedicated readers we have reviewed four books that
you may like.
Two of these books are already reviewed in the hardcopy and are available in the PDF
of the hardcopy. Here now are the remaining reviews for Crumps and Camouflets and
The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras.

We have a number of copies of each of the books reviewed to give away to readers.
To go into the draw to win a copy please email dfm with the book title as the subject.
Make sure to include a mailing address where we can send the book.

Crumps and Camouflets
Damien Finlayson
Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010. Reviewed by Michael Hughes
                           While the mud and blood aspects of the World War One
                           experience in France is well known, what’s less well
                           known is what happened many more metres underground.
                           There the Allies and German forces conducted bitter,
                           dangerous combat deep within the earth, each seeking to
                           penetrate under the other’s lines, and pack the tunnels and
                           chambers with high explosives.
                            Finlayson’s book is a detailed history of Australian
                            tunnelling companies on the Western Front, examining the
                            personalities, the techniques used, and the conditions of
                            service. It also describes the very important work
                            conducted by the companies to combat their opponents, as
well as to create living spaces underground that were both bearable and afforded
protection from
enemy artillery.
The book doesn’t hold back on the horrors and the dangers that came not just from
combat, but from mining itself in often treacherous conditions. It’s not all mud and
blood, however. There are lighter moments of almost surreal absurdity that occur in
the history of tunnelling companies—from the soldiers who were boarded in luxury in
seaside resort hotels and who travelled each day to perform their mining work, to a
company that expended a great deal of ordinance to take down an escaped canary lest
its presence give away nearby mining operations.
For anyone with a ken for Australian military history or combat engineering, Crumps
and Camouflets is a great book and thoroughly recommended.

The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras, Volume 1
Marc Dawson
Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010. Reviewed by Daria Sigma
Which Australian Prime Minister met his wife on a cricket trip? Who debuted on
Australian national soccer and cricket teams within the same fortnight? Which
cricketer was once reported for being ‘too good’?
                                If you want to know the answers to any of these
                                questions—and many more besides—then you could
                                do worse than to pick up The Cricket Tragic’s Book of
                                Cricket Extras. The ABC’s Marc Dawson has brought
                                into this volume more cricket records, stories and
                                trivia than you can poke three sticks and a couple
                                of bails at.
                                The ‘extras’ are divided into sections by theme and
                                content, such as ‘Around the Grounds’, ‘Team
                                Triumphs and Tribulations’ and ‘Cricket on the Silver
                                Screen’—a longer chapter than you might first think!
                                The various themes mean that there is a good mix of
                                pure cricketing stats—the high number of wides
                                during the 1999 World Cup—and esoteric asides—the
                                funniest person Brian Lara has played cricket with.
While you don’t need recall of the entire Wisden archive to understand the stories,
Dawson does assume you’ll know your wicket from your willow. On the other hand,
the wide range means that most readers with even a passing knowledge of the sport
will find a passage that raises an eyebrow or brings out a smirk.
Reading the whole book, cover to cover, may only be for the true cricket tragics of
this world. For the rest of us, though, it’s still a welcome diversion, a good book to
dip in and out of for a few pages at a time. Definitely worthwhile as a ‘bathroom
reader’ or for a few rounds of ‘Did you know?’ between overs.

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