Update – 10 Sep 2020

Today we met a young female ADF veteran, recently discharged. We completed her Veterans Health Check, did her GP Management Plan, her Team Care Arrangement (useful Medicare tools to organise healthcare), did her referrals and added two extra DVA claims in on her DVA diagnosis forms, in addition to the few she had already had claimed while she was in Defence.

As is becoming fairly usual, her discharge was somewhat acrimonious, with asymmetrical workplace conflict between the Member and the Australian Defence Force. We talked about the normalisation of workplace industrial relations, the stigma that can often be felt when leaving a very secular and insular organisation, and strategies to process the events that occurred and differentiate the actions of the workplace and her (frankly reasonable) responses to that.