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Australian first – public defence and veteran suicide prevention symposium

Academics, experts and practitioners from across Australia will come together in March to look at suicide prevention and mental health through a two-day symposium in Canberra, themed ‘Prevention Through Understanding'.

Information from the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs – Independent Review

In November 2020, the interim National Commissioner for Defence and Suicide Prevention, Dr Bernadette Boss CSC, asked the Department of Defence, Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force to provide information to support her to progress the Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides.

Round tables with community organisations

Commissioner Boss has issued a media release about the round table discussions held with community organisations in December 2020.

Revised Terms of Reference for the Independent Review

Commissioner Boss welcomes the revised Terms of Reference for the Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides (the Review). The updated Terms of Reference now clearly state that the Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides can include any past Australian Defence Force (ADF) member or veteran death by suicide or suspected suicide.

Media statement from the National Commissioner

Dr Bernadette Boss CSC has made a statement about her role as the interim National Commissioner.

Appointment of National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Dr Bernadette Boss CSC as the new interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.

Introduction of the National Commissioner Bills

Attorney-General Christian Porter introduced legislation to establish the new National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, and invited public feedback through a four week consultation process.

Announcement of National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

The Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, and Member for Herbert announced that the Government will establish a permanent a National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention.

Powerful new body to tackle ADF and veteran suicides

The Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel announced that the Government will establish a permanent National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention.