Senate debates

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Questions without Notice

Defence Personnel, Veterans

2:38 pm

Photo of Marise PayneMarise Payne (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

The government does operate a range of services for veterans, such as the Open Arms 24/7 counselling service and 1800 VETERAN. Of course, our veterans community has generated an extraordinary depth of support over many years and more recently through groups like Legacy, the RSL, Soldier On, Wounded Heroes and Young Veterans, to name a few. I'm pleased to say that many of our veteran women are playing increasingly important roles as well. Talissa Papamau, who served as an ADF medic in Afghanistan in 2012 and in Papua New Guinea in 2014, founded Modern Soldier, an online veterans network that created a series of groundbreaking videos on post-traumatic stress disorder and now helps veteran-owned businesses to sell their products. The Women Veterans Network Australia connects ex-serving women and fosters a sense of belonging and reduces isolation. I commend all of the women and men working to help Australia's veterans.


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