ADF Mental Health submissions called for Senate Committee: Lambie

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on all serving and former Australian Defence personnel - who wish to be heard on issues relating to the Government’s management of mental health - to make a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee.

“Submissions officially close near the middle of August and I would like as many Veterans, serving and former members of the ADF to make a submission and have their voice heard. I will be a member of the committee and I’ll make sure that witnesses who come before the committee get a fair go.

Click on the link to make a submission:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/ADF_Mental_Health

The government hasn’t been very active at making public this opportunity and to date only 18 submissions have been lodged. Whether you are a veteran, deployed personnel or even non-deployed personnel, mental health and well-being is a serious issue within the ADF that hasn’t been addressed appropriately.

The committee’s inquiry is broad and covers ``any related matters’’, so there is no need to worry about whether your concerns fit with the inquiry or not. Because the Committee is aware of the physical and psychological disabilities the men and women who have worn the Australian uniform have had to suffer - in silence - the committee will be flexible with the submission date.

The Committee is happy to take on submissions for the next six weeks. Contributing a submission to the committee is not only an opportunity to have your voice heard, it’s an opportunity for the Defence community to make real change.

If you want a Royal Commission on this issue, we need all personnel, their families and interested parties make a submission so we can affect reform in this area.” said Senator Lambie.

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