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“... RAISING FUNDS FOR
CURRENT AND EX-
SUFFERING PTSD IS
SUCH A GOOD CAUSE.”
DEFENCE PEOPLE GROUP
PARTICIPANTS in the Anzac
Warriors Walk trekked 80km to raise
much needed funds for the Veterans
Sporting Association (VSA), which supports
ex-defence members suffering from mental
and physical injuries
The event was held in Canberra after the
success of the inaugural event in Townsville
last year. Participants walked around Lake
Burley Griffin and raised more than $20,000.
People business analyst Nadine Sadlier, of
Defence People Group, says she is proud to
have completed the walk.
“My feet were a bit sore, but raising funds
for current and ex-serving members suffering
PTSD is such a good cause,” she says.
“It is important to support things like this
because there are high instances of people
with mental illness and those that even go as
far as suicide and I don’t think they are all
getting the treatment they need when they
come back from deployment.”
THE Australian Defence Force’s work in Sexual
Misconduct Prevention and Response is
receiving international recognition.
The Head of the Sexual Misconduct
Prevention and Response Office (SeMPRO),
Group Captain Dee Gibbon, and the SeMPRO
Director of Response, Support and Research,
Susan Penn-Turrall, addressed the inaugural
New Zealand Defence Force Sexual Assault
Seminar late last year.
They spoke about the role of SeMPRO and
the ADF’s cultural reform programs.
“ The New Zealand Defence Force is very
committed to cultural reform and is keen
to leverage off recent work by their allied
counterparts to progress their own programs,”
Group Captain Gibbon says. “Everyone we
engaged with was extremely supportive
of reform and improving support services
for victims of sexual assault and are keen to
understand our response to this issue.”
Susan says the SeMPRO visit was
“Personnel from various New Zealand
agencies were keen to meet with us to learn
more about the way the ADF responds to
sexual assault disclosures, including reporting,
response and support mechanisms,” she says.
“A number of key personnel have expressed
an interest in visiting SeMPRO at some stage in
the near future to gain a deeper understanding
of our approach.”
THE release of the Defence Learning Branch (DLB)
service offer represents a new era for education and
training services that support all of Defence’s people,
but particularly Australian Public Service staff,
according to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force,
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.
The offer was signed by Vice Admiral Griggs in
“It provides a framework for DLB to enhance
the delivery of effective and efficient education
and training through stronger partnership
arrangements with its customers by building a
shared understanding of DLB’s roles and identifying
responsibilities of all stakeholders in support of
these roles,” Vice Admiral Griggs says.
“As the education and training requirements for
APS Job Families mature, DLB will be well positioned
to deliver solutions for them,” he says.
“ This landmark document has been finalised
following extensive consultation with DLB’s
customers and the branch looks forward to playing
a key role in the professionalisation of the APS
workforce in Defence.”
DLB manages a wide variety of education and
These include analysing training needs, designing
courses, delivering and evaluating training programs
and developing education and training policy.
It is also responsible for facilitating national
recognition of training, providing e-learning through
Campus and Campus Anywhere and managing
education assistance schemes such as Defence
Assisted Study Scheme and Studybank.
WALK FOR A CAUSE
Nadine Sadlier was one of many Defence public servants to
participate in the Anzac Warriors Walk.
New offer, new era
SeMPRO success in New Zealand
Members walk to raise money for injured
and ill personnel.
THE Defence Women’s Speaker Series is set to have
a successful year in 2015 according to organisers.
The series is held quarterly throughout the
year. It provides the opportunity for female leaders
within Defence to engage with prominent women
in leadership roles and share the life experiences
that have contributed to their personal and
The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former
Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory,
Kate Carnell, addressed the final series for 2014.
Kate says while many women have the skills
to move into more senior positions, they do not
always feel the timing is right.
“Women want to be ready, but it’s never the
right time,” she says. “ Women hold themselves
back because they aren’t always willing to go for a
job where they don’t tick every box on the position
description. You’ll die wondering if you could have
got that job if you do that.”
The Deputy Secretary of Defence People Group,
Rebecca Skinner, says the series encourages women
to develop themselves.
“We are fortunate to have speakers like Kate
who make the time to come and share their stories
and answer our questions, so we can only have
greater gains with the continuation of this program
in 2015,” Rebecca says.
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