In 2017, the government committed to an independent review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Defence/Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Inquiry into the Jesse Bird case after 12 months.
Jesse Bird was an Australian veteran who served in Afghanistan and suicided on 27 June 2017 at the age of 32, blaming DVA red tape.
Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke has been appointed to conduct this review.
Professor Creyke is widely experienced in issues such as veterans’ entitlements and military compensation law.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said this independent review would help ensure that DVA has learned from the tragedy and is transforming its systems and policies to better serve veterans and their families, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.
“DVA has been and is continuing to improve and streamline numerous processes and making it easier for veterans and their families to gain access to free mental health treatment,” Mr Chester said.
The recommendations of the Bird Inquiry and DVA’s implementation progress report are available online.
- Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling (name changed from VVCS), provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au
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