Defence Family Matters : December 2015
DFMDecember2015Insidethisedition 3 AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WE REFLECT ON THE YEAR THAT WAS WHAT IS DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION? We are a tri-service organisation within the Department of Defence that offers a range of programs and services to help Defence families manage the military lifestyle. Services we provide include support from a social worker, assistance for partners’ education and employment, help with childcare, assistance for dependants with special needs, support for community groups, help for families during crisis and emergency, education support for children, and assistance for members leaving the military. www.defence.gov.au/dco www.facebook.com/Defence CommunityOrganisation Twitter — @DCO_AusDefence CALL US SO WE CAN CALL YOU If you’d like to receive contact from DCO during your military member’s deployment, you must register with the Defence Family Helpline first. We can also provide you with details about local events, SMART resilience workshops, DCO’s range of support programs, deployment and relocation resources, and information about your local community. 1800 624 608 WANT TO READ THIS MAGAZINE ONLINE? DFM is available on our website. Visit www.defence.gov.au/dco and click on ‘Defence Family Matters’. Send an email to DefenceFamilyMatters@ defence.gov.au if you’d like to stop receiving a hard copy in the post. WANT TO CONTRIBUTE? Do you run events or activities that may interest Defence families? Do you provide support services of value to Defence families? Are you a family member with a great story to tell? If so, send an email to DefenceFamilyMatters@ defence.gov.au 04 14 20 25 28 08 10 YOUR STORIES 10 COVER STORY Serving their community Two Defence partners talk about volunteering 13 Making a Splash: Ben Freeman conquers the English Channel 14 FEATURE STORY There’s always an upside Three teens and their take on Defence life 16 Staff Profile: Darwin’s Mika Dreu 17 Reader profile: Andrea Shaw YOUR COMMUNITY 4 OUT AND ABOUT “Hidden Gems” to visit on your new posting 8 CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY Meet community groups supporting military families YOUR WELLBEING 20 Ten tips to maintain mental wellbeing 21 Family violence: It’s time to say “enough” IN THE SPOTLIGHT 20 Lions Australia 21 Military Wives Choir 22 DHA: The “good” old days 23 Financial advice: New super scheme 24 Lead your own Business - training 25 Defence Transitions: Seminars 26 Latest from Defence Families of Australia 28 Spirit of Anzac: Centenary Experience 29 Christmas 100 years ago 30 Classifieds Cover photo: Defence partner Helaine Clerk volunteers with the Rural Fire Service Queensland. Photo by Lance Corporal Kyle Genner.