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Creyke, Robin & Sutherland, Peter: Veterans’
Entitlements and Military Compensation Law
This book is devoted to the law on veterans’ entitlements and
military compensation in Australia. The book comprehensively
annotates the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and, in this 3rd
edition, for the first time annotates the new unified military com-
pensation scheme introduced by the Military Rehabilitation and
Compensation Act 2004.
The 3rd edition covers all of the recent major reports into the
veterans’ law and military compensation system and includes
annotations of all relevant High Court, Federal Court and Adminis-
trative Appeals Tribunal decisions on the two Acts. The book is an
invaluable reference for all those assisting veterans to obtain their
entitlements to the pensions and benefits available to those who
have served their country, be they ex-service organisations, tribunal
members, legal practitioners or departmental officials.
May be ordered direct from SoftLaw Community Projects (Direct
Order Price $140, Concession Price for ESOs $120, plus $11 P&H; scp@
softlaw.org.au, PO Box 442, Civic Square ACT 2608).
Wilson, Louise: Brothers in Arms: The Great War
Letters of Captain Nigel Boulton, RAMC
and Lieutenant Stephen Boulton, AIF
This book fills gaps in the historiography of the Great War and
is a valuable first-hand account of what it was like to serve as an
Australian doctor under British command in the Royal Army Medi-
cal Corps (Captain Nigel Boulton) and an artillery gunner, later
commissioned as an officer in the Australian Infantry Forces (Lieu-
tenant Stephen Boulton).
Each of the Boulton brothers praises the stamina of the Australian
soldiers: ‘They are the very devil as far as fighting goes and fight
till the last man...our chaps have behaved magnificently and are
so cheerful and brave...the English chaps are positively amazed at
the Australians...they are the most magnificent men they have ever
seen’. But Stephen also adds his opinion of Billy Hughes’ 1916 Aus-
tralian conscription referendum: ‘If he only gives the troops over
here a vote, I know what will win’. The original letters are held in
the Australian War Memorial.
Available from the author www.louisewilson.com.au/ $39.95. 426
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Take charge of your health
get a GP health assessment today!
Did you know that all former serving personnel can
access a comprehensive health assessment from their
general practitioner (GP)?
After you have left the Australian Defence Force
(ADF), you can access a one-off health assessment
from your GP. This includes those who have left
the permanent forces and are in reserves, and it also
includes those who have left reserves. There are no
time restrictions for when you can access the health
A key objective of this comprehensive health assess-
ment is to help your GP identify and diagnose the early
onset of any physical or mental health conditions you
may be experiencing. Your GP will then be able to treat
you or refer you to other services, as necessary.
A Medicare rebate is available for this assessment.
To find out more, please visit the At Ease portal, www.
Talk to your GP, tell them you have served in the ADF
and ask them about this health assessment.
NEW FRAUD REPORTING FORM
DVA takes allegations of fraud and non-compli-
ance seriously and everyone has a responsibility
to be aware of their obligations. This includes
staff, contractors, service providers, Medical and
Allied Health providers, veterans and recipients
of benefits and/or funds from DVA.
To make reporting easier DVA has launched a
new simple, user friendly online form for report-
ing suspected fraud.
Fraud is defined as dishonestly obtaining a benefit,
or causing a loss, by deception or other means.
Fraud can take many different forms, including:
pension recipients working more than pre-
submitting false claims
providers submitting false claims for goods or
services which have not been provided
failing to advise of a change in financial
If you believe someone is engaging in fraudu-
lent or non-compliant activity then it is your
responsibility to report it. Remember, the more
information you provide DVA, the quicker we will
be able to investigate the allegation. Reports can
be made anonymously - DVA will keep your iden-
tity confidential and will not trace the origin of an
anonymous allegation or disclosure.
HOW TO REPORT SUSPECTED FRAUD
REPORTS OF SUSPECTED FRAUD OR NON-
COMPLIANCE CAN BE MADE BY:
Phone 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from
regional Australia (free call)
completing the online form on the DVA
website at www.dva.gov.au/sites/
DR KILLER HONOURED FOR ENDURING COMMITMENT TO VETERANS’ HEALTH
Dr Graeme Killer, highly respected
former DVA Principal Medical
Adviser, is continuing to pursue his
passion for veterans’ health in his
semi-retirement, particularly the
wellbeing of younger veterans.
Dr Killer’s lifelong commitment
to enhancing health care for vet-
erans was recently recognised by
the Australian Medical Association
(AMA) which awarded him the pres-
tigious AMA President’s Award.
The award, which has only been
given to 15 previous recipients, is
granted to those who have made an
outstanding contribution towards
fostering the objectives of the AMA.
“I am deeply honoured to have
received this award,” Dr Killer said.
“It is particularly satisfying to be
recognised for your work by your
peers, who on occasions can be your
harshest critics.” Dr Killer was previ-
ously made an Officer of the Order
of Australia and is an honorary life
member of the Returned and Ser-
vices League (RSL).
After a career spanning 47 years
at DVA and the Department of
Defence, Dr Killer has more recently
been working with the RSL and also
with Legacy on ways to improve
rehabilitation and health care for
“Continuing to work and to con-
tribute is most important to me,
and helps keep me mentally fit. I’ll
always be on the side of veterans
and do what I can to help them in
any way,” Dr Killer said.
Reflecting on his career with DVA,
Dr Killer said the Department’s
relationships with ex-service organ-
isations, the veteran community
and professional bodies help drive
continuing support for veterans.
“There is enormous goodwill for
the veteran community within DVA.
DVA staff want to help.”
Now living in Melbourne, it is
clear Dr Killer is continuing to get
the most out of life.
He takes an interest in local footy,
attends to a reasonable size veg-
etable garden and despite advice to
the contrary from his cardiologist,
he manages to sample some good
red wine. His wife Jan and his dog
Penny keep him active. His main
dislikes are aches and pains and cold
weather, and he misses the staff at
DVA and particularly his assistant
May. He said, “I did not realise how
much she did for me.”
DVA Secretary Simon Lewis, PSM
said he was delighted to learn of the
AMA’s recognition of Dr Killer.
“On behalf of DVA, and myself,
I offer my warm congratulations
to Dr Killer on receiving this well-
We wish Dr Killer the very best
with his continuing work and
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