Veterans sound alarm over defence transition Welfare Boards

Veterans sound alarm over defence transition Welfare Boards

Posted September 16, 2016 09:58:31 The RSL is calling for an overhaul of the Welfare Board process set up by defence to help transition injured veterans into new work arrangements. Two veterans who claim the process actually worsened their mental health have travelled to Canberra to share their experience with federal politicians. Pennie Looker joined the Australian army when she was 17 years old, and has completed three deployments to East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Last year, after 19 years of service, she discharged from the military, battling PTSD…

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Forget real estate, Lang Walker is a Beach Boy at heart

Forget real estate, Lang Walker is a Beach Boy at heart

Lang Walker is taking his love of lame Beach Boy songs to a whole new level with the opening of the Kokomo Island Resort in Fiji. Apparently he stumbled across the place while sailing around in his yacht, also named Kokomo. Lang Walker  Photo: Arsineh HouspianYes, I know, he has at least four gin palaces called Kokomo – including the one usually parked at Sydney’s Woolloomooloo wharf in case he has to pop out for some milk – but who could possibly remember which one it was. And that does…

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AIHW Access no. 40, 2016

AIHW Access no. 40, 2016

released: 16 Sep 2016 author: AIHW Access is a newsletter published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, profiling the Institute’s work and its people. ISSN 1442-4908; ISBN 978-1-74249-960-4; Cat. no. HWI 133; 20pp.; FREE Publication Publication table of contents From the Director Board Chair welcomes new AIHW Director NHPA functions have moved to the AIHW—an exciting future for local level health reporting Australia’s health 2016—We’re a mostly healthy bunch, but we have room to improve A sophisticated analysis of Australia’s disease burden Health spending linked with both population…

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Paralympics day 7: Nigeria's heroes, Iranian obliterates world record

Paralympics day 7: Nigeria's heroes, Iranian obliterates world record

Twenty-eight-year-old Siamand Rahman is the strongest Paralympian of all time. He lifted an astonishing 310kg in the men’s +107kg category to win gold and obliterate the world record. Never before had the magic 300kg mark been broken and, although there was a sense Rahman could achieve it tonight, his eventual score was completely unexpected. Rahman finished an unprecedented 75kg clear of his nearest rival, almost doubling his margin of victory from London 2012. Born without the use of his legs, Rahman’s winning total was a full 30kg heavier than it…

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Kenya refugee return scheme 'flouts international law' (AFP)

Kenya refugee return scheme 'flouts international law' (AFP)

AFPon September 15, 2016, 9:34 pm Kenya refugee return scheme ‘flouts international law’ Nairobi (AFP) – The repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya’s Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, breaks international standards as many returns are motivated by fear, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday. Kenya wants to close Dadaab in north-east Kenya by November, insisting the camp is a security threat and a drain on national resources. It currently houses some 266,000 Somali refugees. But the rights watchdog said after a visit to the camp last month that…

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