DATES TO REMEMBER FOR 2017

BRUCE ROCK BACK TO THE BUSH REUNION
Afternoon Tea for any Partner of a Veteran who would like to come along and meet with us, have a cuppa, a bite to eat and a chat.
Friday 3rd November 2.30 until 4.00
at the Bruce Rock Club Rooms.

Saturday 4th November 8.30 until 12.
Market Stall in the main street.
11.00 will be line up time to prepare for the March
11.30 March off
12.00 Service at St Peters Church.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday 20th November at Miss Maud’s in Murray Street, Perth
commencing at 10.30.
Please send in your apologies or acceptance on the 10th November.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH – 12.00 noon
Monday 20th November at Miss Maud’s in Murray Street, Perth.
The cost is $45 per person for smorgasbord.
Need numbers by 10th November.
Need Payment by 16th November.
You can start a payment plan if this will make it easier for you.
We can accept payment by credit card.

LONG TAN REMEMBRANCE DAY GOLF CHALLENGE

The 14th Annual Golf Day was held on Wednesday 18th October at the Altone Park Golf Course.
We had 64 golfers of various categories and I must admit we had a brilliant day.
There were Vietnam Veterans, Current and ex serving Defence Personnel, Partners, friends and other people who all participated in this Annual event

The Golf Day was originally organised by the DiDiMau Social Club which was a group of Vietnam Veterans who regularly played at the Altone Park Golf Course. They wanted to find a way to remember their mates who died or served in Vietnam. They did not want to hold another ‘service’ and decided to hold a golf match to remember instead.

The Vets asked our Association if we would take over the organising of the event so that they could then enjoy the event without the stress of organising it.

The Golf Challenge was meant to be a one off event and this year we celebrated the 14th Challenge.

The event used to be held on the Wednesday before Vietnam Veterans Day but the weather has been against us for many years so we moved it to October as part of Veterans Health Week which is organised by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The weather is kinder at this time of the year and most people are back from their holidays to the sun.

The winners of the various places were:
Vietnam Veteran Pairs Richards and McIntyre
Best Gross Jackman and Parkin
Best Nett Rowell and Meyer
Third Johnson and Hurley
Fourth Williamson and Taylor
Fifth Spirkowski and Diedrick
NAGA Carnegie and Paterson

We would like to thank the following for all their help with donations and prizes etc for the winners and for the raffles.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Activate Life Rehabilitation, Altone Park Golf Course and staff, Alton Park Driving Range, Game On Sports, as well as various wonderful people who gave of their time and efforts for the day.

As a special thank you I would like to thank Ray Wesson for being the BBQ chef on the day. It was a delicious lunch.

Thank you so much to the volunteers from Partners of Veterans WA Inc who gave their precious family time to come along and help out with preparing the lunch, selling raffle tickets, etc.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped over the years to keep this wonderful event happening.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Repairs to Webpage

We must apologise to you who have read our page . We had problems with our page but it has now been solved.
We will be back, up and running within the week.
Thank you for your forebearance.

INVISIBLE WOUNDS – PTSD Awareness Seminars for 2016 – FREE

We were lucky enough to receive a grant from the ANZAC Day Trust to take our Invisible Wounds – Service PTSD Awareness Seminars on the road to country areas.  These seminars are open to all Veterans, Military, ex-military, Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Ambulance, Corrective Services, partners, family members, friends, health professionals and work colleagues.

We will be heading off to the South West on Monday 11th April to do a series of seminars for Invisible Wounds – Service PTSD Awareness.

We will be begin in Pinjarra on Monday 11th April.   We have a variety of speakers and topics that will enable attendees to learn about PTSD.  Treatments (both traditional and alternative –  exercise, laughter).  We will be at the Pinjarra RSL, Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra.  The seminar will be from 6.00pm until 9.00pm.  The seminar is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

 

We will then be in Busselton on Wednesday 13th April. We will be at the Busselton RSL, Rosemary Drive, Busselton.  The seminar begins at 10.00am until 1.00pm  The seminar is free and refreshments will be provided.  Please advise on 0488 878 292 or serviceptsd@yahoo.com.au if you are able to attend.

We will be at the Albany RSL on Friday 15th April.  The RSL is on Stirling Terrance in Albany.  The seminar will commence at 10.00am until 1.00pm.  As with the previous seminars in Pinjarra and Busselton the seminars are FREE and refreshments will be provided.

 

We are currently working on dates and venues for the next series of seminars which will head off towards Geraldton and should begin the week of the 2nd May.  We will keep you informed so that you can pass this information on to anyone who may benefit from attending.

Coming events for 2016

April

April 24th will be the Len Hall Game at the Dockers game at Subiaco Oval.  This year they will be commemorating Long Tan Day and Vietnam Veterans.  If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would like to participate in the Pre-Game activities then please contact Kathryn Lloyd at Perth DVA Office.

April 25th is ANZAC Day and we would ask that you attend any of the services that will be held across the country.  There will be Dawn Service, country services and the main March and Service in the City.

May

May 10th.  We are having another workshop together so if you live in the country and would like to attend and put forward your thoughts then please let me know on 0488 878 292.  We can cover your accommodation for 2 nights and travelling expenses.  If you are a financial members please give this some serious thought and come along and have your input in this.  Please let us know so that we can make the necessary bookings.

May 10th.  We are going to be a ‘teenager’ this year.  Please come along and join in the fun of our birthday party.  It will be held after the workshop; commencing about 12.00 noon.  Please let us know if you will be attending for catering purposes.

May 25th –  Honouring Indigenous Service.  There will be a service held at the Kings Park Flame of Remembrance commencing at 10.00am. Please be seated by 9.45am.  After the service you are invited to join them for morning tea at the Wildflower Pavilion.  We will be laying a wreath on the day.

May 27th –  Today is PTSD Awareness Day.  We will be having our annual stall  in the Murray Street Mall.  We will also be using the day for ‘tin rattling’ as it is a major fundraising day for us.

We will be needing volunteers to help to rattle tins for us.  This can be members, family, friends to come down and give us a hand.  Please let us know if you can help out.

If you live in the country and would like to collect in your town can you please let us know and we will send you a kit.

May 30th is North American Veterans Day and there will be a service held at the Kings Park Flame of Remembrance.  The March begins at 10.52am so please be seated by 10.30.  We will be laying a wreath on the day.

June

There will be a Special General Meeting held on Tuesday 28th June at the Carer Centre.  Notice of this will be sent out at the beginning of June.

August

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Ta.  We have applied for a grant to enable us to have a service at St Georges Cathedral on Friday 19th August.  As soon as we learn the results of the application we will get back to you with the details.

September

The Annual General Meeting will be held on the first Monday of September at the Carer Centre.  Notification will be sent out in August.

October

Long Tan Remembrance Day Golf Challenge will be held on Wednesday 26th October at Altone Park Golf Course.  This is a fundraiser for the Association as well as a remembrance day for Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans.  We would appreciate help from volunteers on the day

 

 

Social Events for 2016

April – Whiteman Park – Entrance off Beechboro Road, Whiteman. Meet at 11.00am at the Visitors Centre.  It is Free entry althouygh some rides do have a cost.  Please check their websie for information.  Please BYO a picnic or buy lunch at the Café.

May  – 13th Birthday Party –  Dayzeez Delites – at the office  we will be having a ‘teenager’ birthday party so come along and join in the fun.  Please let us know if you will be attending for catering purposes.

June – June 15th will be a Train journey from Midland to Toodyay.  The cost is $17.30 return or you can use your free travel voucher (if you have one).  Details closer to the date.

July – 12th –This is during the school holidays.  We will be having Dayzeez Delites at the office with a Pamper Session with DeArne,  Please bring a plate to share and also please advise if you will be coming so that we can give DeArne the number of people who will be attending Pamper Day.

August 17th Kings Park Spring Wildflower Festive – Guided Tour.  Please meet at the Guide Sign at 10.00am and the cost is $5 each.  Please bring a picnic BBQ or buy lunch from the café.

September 5th – Annual General Meeting.  Will be held at the Carer Centre.  Please bring a plate for morning tea.

September 12th to 16thBusselton Respite Week at the Legacy Camp in Busselton.  Costs to be advised.  Please advise us if you are interested in attending.

October 14th – Ferry to Fremantle. Catch the ferry to Fremantle and the train back to Perth.  Fish and Chips for lunch and the costs will be the fares and lunch.

November 4th – 5th –  Bruce Rock.  We will be in Bruce Rock again this year for the Back to the Bush Reunion.  We will be having the afternoon teat at the club again this year on the Friday afternoon and will be participating in the market stall on the Saturday morning.

November 22nd – Christmas LunchCaptain Cook River Cruise and lunch.  Departs Perth 11.30am and returns at 2.00pm.  The ferry leaves and returns from the Barrack Street Jetty.  The cost is approximately $65 but you can pay it off.  All costs must be paid a week before the event.

 

Our Beautiful Sign

Hello All

Just a quick note to show you the signage at the front of the Carers Building in 182 Lord Street, Perth.

We have been in the building for 8 years and at last have our own sign out the front.  It is not overly large but it does show who we are and where we are.

We would like to thank the ‘boys’ from the Di Di Mau Golf Club for their fantastic donation to enable us to get the sign done.

 

PTSD Seminar – June 26th

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On June 26th at the State Library in Perth we will be holding our 3rd Seminar  on PTSD

This year the theme is PTSD – A Life of Snakes & Ladders.

If you or someone close to you suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder then we invite you to attend our free seminar to learn about PTSD.

PTSD is not a sickness or a disease.  We are not crazy.  We have been through trauma.  Sometimes several and PTSD is the effect.

ANYONE can suffer PTSD.  It is not solely a military or service problem.  It can occur with ANY form of trauma.

The seminar is for Veterans, Military, ex Military, Police, Ambulance, Fire & Emergency, Corrective Services, Health Professionals, as well as partners, families, friends, work colleagues, and service providers are encouraged to attend.  The seminar is suitable for all ages so if you think your older children could benefit then please bring them also.

Date:      Friday 26th June 2015

Time:     10.00am til 2.00pm

Coffee/Tea and light luncheon will be provided.

Venue:   State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth

Theatre Room on the Ground Floor

Parking is available beneath the building in the No. 11 Perth City Council Car Park, entrance from Francis Street

Cost:       FREE

RSVP:    Email, text or phone your name, phone number to

serviceptsd@yahoo.com.au or 0488 878 292 or 9228 3350 by 5.00pm Wednesday 24th June.

PTSD Awareness Day – 29th May 2015

 

Friday 29th May 2015 is the designated PTSD Awareness Day in Western Australia.Flyer 1

Come along to the Information Stand in the Murray Street Mall in Perth on Friday and collect some information about PTSD.

You can talk to people about PTSD and find out about the seminar to be held on Friday 26th June at the State Library. There will be people from various organisations and Government Departments who will be able to talk to you about services available.

We will be having a street collection in the area on the day, so please donate generously.  The collection is to support the seminars and other events.

Fremantle RSL are going to do a collection in the City of Fremantle for Invisible Wounds – PTSD Awareness Day on Saturday 30th May.

The Library in Albany will be having information about PTSD on display during the week of the 25th – 29th May.

 

Invisible Wounds Seminar Adelaide February 2014

 

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Sandra (Sam) Cross and Jude Firth flew to Adelaide 5th Feb for the Invisible Wounds seminar on 7th of February.

Jan Wallent was the instigator of holding the seminar after hearing about it at the AFOM dinner in October.

When she arrived home Jan immersed herself in finding supporters for funding, speakers and of course a location.

Full marks to Jan as she covered all this on her own and had it all in place before the end of the year.

At the last minute Gail MacDonnel the president of AFOM was unable to attend owing to her health, so Sam stepped in and told her story of what happened in her family from the time of onset of PTSD to the present, along with reading a note from Gail with her best wishes for a successful seminar.

The seminar was held at the Parade Ground close to the centre of the city in a beautiful old building which is now used by several ex-service associations.

Senator Penny Wright who is the Greens representative for Service Families, said it was her pleasure to open and be part of the inaugural seminar. She has a good understanding of the problems that are encountered by the families when PTSD rears its ugly head and changes and challenges faced.

Judith….. a PTSD trained nurse spoke in detail on the treatments available and the ongoing problems faced by the sufferer and the family. Having been working in this field for quite a few years, this was a very informative and inspiring segment.

The MC for the day was a recently retired serviceman who did a wonderful job and was good at breaking any tenseness that had crept in due to the subject.

We were treated to a lovely luncheon that was prepared by two of Jan’s friends which was very nice, this time also was good for everyone to connect and share their stories.

The afternoon speakers were from Carers SA speaking on the role they performed in the assistance needed when things weren’t so good but also give the carer the care they needed to ensure they can carry on.

A Physiotherapist and Exercise was very interesting in telling on how this can be of great assistance in the wellbeing of sufferers, giving information on what benefits are gained.

The ‘question time’ was well used by the participants with very wide range of questions being asked, bringing about some very interesting points. A recently retired former serviceman spoke on how the forces give so much more assistance to personnel prior to their discharge so as they have all their medical documentation which can save months of waiting for them to be obtained from archives enabling treatment and assistance to be obtained.

The seminar was very successful and already there are requests for more in the future.

It is great to see that what we started here in the ‘West’, is spreading but we must not give up the fight to have the last Friday in May recognised Australia wide as Invisible Wounds PTSD Day. Senator Penny right has encouraged us to keep putting it forward until it is recognised.

Sam and Jude wore their Invisible Wounds PTSD shirts all the time we were away and were able to speak to many people on what it is all about and why we were there etc.

Also as an aside Jude had only just reconnected with an old friend from Face Book who lives in Adelaide, so we met up on the Friday afternoon, enjoying a cuppa and much exchange of information, it was a lovely extra we had on the trip and she is our newest member. Welcome Maria! Hope you enjoy being one of us.