Defence Family Matters : May 2016
DFMMay2016Insidethisedition 3 WE ALL NEED A BREAK NOW AND THEN 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 members and their 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 16 19 27 29 08 10 YOUR STORIES 10 COVER STORY Taking the plunge on a Navy career Army partner and mum of three begins her own career in Defence 13 Just like being there – FaceTime 14 Posting overseas? I’m coming too! 16 Writing her own story 17 Tindal Teens 18 Staff profile 19 Reader profile YOUR COMMUNITY 4 Out and about Welcome events from around the country 8 Connect with your community Meet community groups supporting military families YOUR WELLBEING 20 Sleeping better can help you live better IN THE SPOTLIGHT 22 ADF families tell Defence what they think – Survey 23 Big changes to super from 1 July 24 Hands up if you need help finding childcare 25 DCO online 26 Change to warranty scheme pays off 27 New family payment rules 28 Creating parks with purpose 29 Families talk about staying connected 30 For teens with the drive to succeed 31 Latest from Defence Families of Australia 33 Reflections of the Anzacs 34 Classifieds Cover photo: Royal Australian Navy seaman Star Marine Technician Kirstie Dunleavy is currently training to become a Navy Marine Technician at HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty, Victoria. Photo by Leading Seaman Dove Smithett.