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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Abacus Industries: The Right Mix Drink Glass

(Question No. 779)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, in writing, on 12 May 2015.

In respect of the $16,470.72 tender to Abacus Industries for The Right Mix Drink Glass (P01191) At Ease Drink Bottles (P01683) (CN29995562), (a) who were the drink bottles provided to, (b) why were the drink bottles provided, (c) who recommended that his department purchase the drink bottles, and (d) how many drink bottles were procured.

Mr Andrews: The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) The At Ease drink bottles and The Right Mix glasses are distributed to members of the Defence and Veteran communities as follows:

Veteran's Health Week and Department of Defence's Mental Health Week;

Ex-Service Organisations, for health and wellbeing activities;

The Department of Defence, for inclusion in information packages for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel when returning from deployment;

Veterans Access Network and Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service offices nationally, for distribution at veteran information sessions;

Men's Health Peer Education events and activities; and

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) service providers treating the veteran community for mental health and alcohol conditions.

(b) The At Ease drink bottles display the website address of DVA's At Ease mental health online portal. The bottles were developed to raise awareness of the At Ease portal and encourage veterans and ADF members to access the portal to read about common mental health issues and learn self-management techniques.

The Right Mix standard drink glasses were developed to raise awareness of DVA's alcohol management website, The Right Mix, and to educate veterans and ADF members on the impact alcohol consumption can have on them. The Right Mix is part of a suite of programmes and activities that aim to improve the quality of life for current and ex-service members and their families, achieved through preventing illness where possible, fostering social connectedness and enhancing health and wellbeing. The glass provides clear markings indicating the 'standard drink' measurement for a range of alcoholic drinks. This aims to teach users what one standard drink physically looks like as many consumers are not aware how much alcohol they are actually consuming.

(c) The Right Mix initiative commenced in 2002, and the Right Mix glasses were first produced and distributed in October 2003. The current contract for the resupply of glasses commenced on 14 April 2015 and was approved by officers of DVA.

(d) DVA has procured 10,000 of The Right Mix glasses and 5,000 of the At Ease drink bottles in regard to this order.