May 12th is a visit to the Kerry Stokes Private Collection with a lunch to follow at Sticky Beaks Café in Kings Park. Please meet at 30 Kings Park Road at about 10.15.
May 25th will be the North American Veterans service at The Flame of Remembrance in Kings Park. Commencing at 11.00am. All members and veterans are encouraged to attend. Wednesday the 27th is Remembering Indigenous Service at the Flame of Remembrance in Kings Park. Commencing at 10.30am. Come along and remember all who have served in the defence of Australia.
May 29th is Invisible Wounds Service PTSD Awareness Day. There will be an information booth set up in the Murray Street Mall near the Commonwealth Bank from 7.00am until 3pm. We would love to see you there on the day.
June 9th will be a visit to the Mint in Hay Street
Friday 26th we will be holding a seminar at the State Library from 10.00am until 2.00pm. The topic will be ‘PTSD – A Life of Snakes & Ladders’. This is a free seminar and it is open to everyone who suffers from, lives with a person with, or works with a person with PTSD. Please contact the office to book your seats. 08 9228 3350 or 0488PVAWA (0488878292).
Busselton Respite Camp – We have booked the Legacy Camp in Busselton for the second week in September. . If you would like to come along then please let us know so that we can prepare the information packs for you. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – September 8th at the Carer Centre. Okay people, this is a very important year. It is an election year so if anyone would like to nominate for any position on the executive or on the committee please remember that the nomination forms will be out in August. We would love to see some new faces with some fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
Long Tan Remembrance Golf Day will be held on Wednesday 21st at Altone Park Golf Course. Please let your Vet and his friends know so that they will be prepared when we start to send out the information for the day. We are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day with selling of raffle tickets, preparing the lunch, etc. We always have a fantastic time. Further information will be in later issues of the Daisy.
Carers Week and Veterans Health Week will both be held in October from the 12th to the 19th. Further details will be supplied in later issues of Daisy.
Bruce Rock is back to its normal dates of the first weekend of November. There will be the usual attractions of the concert, Street markets, Parade and Saturday night entertainment. November Seniors Week!
“Western Australians will observe ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day’ annually on the last Friday of May, after a motion from WA Labor was supported in the WA Parliament. A motion was introduced into Parliament last week, by WA Labor’s spokesperson for Veterans’ Issues Peter Watson. Yesterday it won the support of the WA Parliament. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that affects many Western Australians who have experienced a traumatic event. It is particularly prevalent among current and former defence veterans, police officers, ambulance officers and emergency services personnel. This has been a great victory for PTSD sufferers and their families, who have campaigned for a designated day to raise awareness of PTSD for some time. We hope this recognition will go some way to removing some of the negative stigmas associated with PTSD. I congratulate the Partners of Veterans Association of WA and other affected groups for their tireless efforts and Peter Watson for driving this cause in the Parliament..”
– Mark McGowan | Leader of the Opposition, WA Parliament
As you can see from the above Media Release we did it!!! We sent letters to every Western Australia member of the State and Federal governments and lobbied to have a special day put aside in this State for the Awareness of PTSD.
The WA Labor Minister for Albany (Mr Peter Watson) put forward a Private Members Motion to have the day designated in Parliament. It took a couple of weeks of debate and on the 9th of April it was voted to have the last day in May observed as PTSD Awareness Day in Western Australia. This was a unanimous bi-partisan agreement.
Six members went into the chambers of the Legislative Assembly at the invitation of Mr Peter Watson and we sat while the issue was debated. It was adjourned while there was some discussion about the day to be decided. Then on the 9th we received a phone call to say that it was back in the House and was being debated and voted on. We sat at watching procedures on the internet and cheered when the vote was given.
We would like to thank everyone for their help and assistance in getting this Awareness Day passed.
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