The Federal Government recently announced a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will be established.

Although belated, the decision is a welcome one. It’s an issue which demands no less a level of inquiry and scrutiny.

Suicide is complex and dealing with it amongst both serving personnel and veterans will require many responses, a lot of effort, and plenty of resources.

No process, tradition, or orthodoxy should go unchallenged.

The Minister for Veteran’s Affairs and Defence Personnel, The Hon Darren Chester, has opened a four-week period of public consultation, which could influence the terms of reference for the Royal Commission.

I strongly encourage you and your members to reach out to Minister Chester and submit any feedback which you may have by emailing royalcom[email protected]. Please feel free to copy me into your email (cc) at [email protected]

Australia has a responsibility to look after those who have given so much for our country and to ensure that they have the support that they so desperately need, and so duly deserve.

If you or someone you know are after support now, I have provided below some Veteran support organisations located in the Hunter. If you any support from me, please contact my office. 

Hunter Legacy 

Department of Defence – Hunter Region 

Veteran Services – RSL Life Care 

Veterans’ Home Care - Newcastle and Hunter Community Health 

Hunter Defence Support Network 

Defence Community Hub - Hunter