Topic: Defence Community Organisation

Supporting Navy families through deployment

Published on by Ms Rachel Bowman (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA.

While usually rewarding for members, deployments and other absences can be a stressful and challenging time for some families. Defence Community Organisation has developed a new webinar series for members and their families called ‘Deployment: embracing the challenge’.

I get by with a little help from my friends

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

Mrs Amanda James and daughter Ava work on a banner in anticipation of Dad's return from deployment. (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Amanda James and daughter Ava work on a banner in anticipation of Dad's return from deployment.

It’s a classic line from a song that rings true for many Navy families managing life while a member is away from home on duty. It’s also something that Defence Community Organisation understands and works to support.

Views on service life shared

Published on by Ms Alex DeValentin (author), ABML-SC Craig Walton (photographer)

Petty Officer Boatswain Laura Whittle is joined by family members on the wharf at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney prior to her departure in HMAS Warramunga. (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)

Petty Officer Boatswain Laura Whittle is joined by family members on the wharf at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney prior to her departure in HMAS Warramunga.

Navy members and their families recently took part in the Australian Defence Force Families Survey to share their experiences of military life and their views on current support services available.

Improving transition services for outgoing members

Published on by Emily Carnevale (author), Ashleigh Macpherson (author)

Defence members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services. (photo: Unknown)

Defence members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services.

Australian Defence Force members leaving the military will receive individual career coaching and an improved experience as Defence implements changes to its transition services.

Help for partners on the rise

Published on by Ms Rachel Bowman (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Families wave goodbye as HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for three months, taking part in Operation RESOLUTE. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Families wave goodbye as HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for three months, taking part in Operation RESOLUTE.

A new program designed to assist employment prospects for those who directly support serving Australian Defence Force members launches mid year.

Questions asked on military life

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Alex DeValentin (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace, after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace, after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West.

Navy families have two weeks left to provide feedback about their experiences and views on service life through a Defence Community Organisation initiative aimed at understanding the challenges of life in military families.

Support for families on the move

Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant James Tew with his wife Christine and daughter on completion of his ADFA graduation. (photo: Unknown)

Sub Lieutenant James Tew with his wife Christine and daughter on completion of his ADFA graduation.

The end of the year is a busy time for a variety of reasons but for lots of Defence families, it means a change of scenery as personnel post across the state, continent, or the globe.

Contributions recognised

This article has photo gallery Published on by Alex DeValentin (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Cleary was presented a Recognition Award for his dedication to the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) by Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN, left, and Area Manager DCO Sydney and Liverpool, Ms Kate Ambler, at a morning tea at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Cleary was presented a Recognition Award for his dedication to the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) by Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN, left, and Area Manager DCO Sydney and Liverpool, Ms Kate Ambler, at a morning tea at HMAS Kuttabul.

For the past 20 years, the Defence Community Organisation has worked with Command, families and community organisations to develop a strong, connected and resilient Defence community that supports Australian Defence Force members and their families.

Thinking together for life changes

Published on by Mrs Emily Thomas (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Warrant Officer Shane Rossetto and wife Una at the Base Administration Centre, HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Warrant Officer Shane Rossetto and wife Una at the Base Administration Centre, HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Warrant Officer Shane Rosetto and his wife, Una, believe the transition back to civilian life is a family affair, and with that in mind they have both already attended an Australian Defence Force Transition Seminar in Nowra, New South Wales.

HMAS Harman focuses on welfare and wellbeing

Published on by WO Graeme Gibney (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues.

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation.