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19   Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Reference

Senator Whish-Wilson, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 19 February 2016:

The mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have returned from combat, peacekeeping or other deployment, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the extent and significance of mental ill-health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returned service personnel;

    (b)   identification and disclosure policies of the ADF in relation to mental ill-health and PTSD;

     (c)   recordkeeping for mental ill-health and PTSD, including hospitalisations and deaths;

    (d)   mental health evaluation and counselling services available to returned service personnel;

     (e)   the adequacy of mental health support services, including housing support services, provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA);

     (f)   the support available for partners, carers and families of returned service personnel who experience mental ill-health and PTSD;

     (g)   the growing number of returned service personnel experiencing homelessness due to mental ill-health, PTSD and other issues related to their service;

    (h)   the effectiveness of the Memorandum of Understanding between the ADF and DVA for the Cooperative Delivery of Care;

      (i)   the effectiveness of training and education offerings to returned service personnel upon their discharge from the ADF; and

     (j)   any other related matters.

Statements by leave : Senator Whish-Wilson and the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.