DEFENCE LIVES MATTER

 

Australian Defence Force members who are subjected to unresolved professional employment failures during service, face irrevocable reputational harm and mental trauma. Let's build a more fair and robust ADF workplace together.  

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Several policy inequities are identified in the existing Defence (Inquiry) Regulations 2018 policy. These have the potential to expose ADF Commanders to the risk of making procedurally unfair decisions.

 

We encourage minor policy reforms, in good faith, to ensure ADF members have realistic opportunities to resolve their complaint in the workplace, to advance towards a fairer, more just and mentally robust workplace. 

Submission 11 March 2021 to the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Symposium

Pleading Positive Reform: An analysis of suicide risk, self-harm, and reputational peril impacting serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members by Dr Kay Danes, OAM, PhD (Law & Justice), MHumRights.

11 March 2021 National Symposium
11 March 2021 National Symposium

Submission by Dr Kay Danes OAM

Pleading Positive Reform: An analysis of suicide risk, self-harm, and reputational peril
Pleading Positive Reform: An analysis of suicide risk, self-harm, and reputational peril

This discussion focuses on two key areas from a policy risk perspective: to examine the perceived inequities of already established dispute resolution policies that are to provide ADF members access to a fair, just, and inclusive workplace; and to explore the potential for exposure to suicide risk, self-harm, and reputational peril for those who seek to redress a grievance through their Chain of Command.

We must do better!
We must do better!

Suppose we are intent on achieving that aim. In that case, we must explore the inequities in policies failing to evolve with contemporary narratives of how everyone should think about their work and behaviour towards others. Supposing we do not consider the impact these inequities have on our ADF members professional reputations and mental health? In that case, ADF members will likely continue to carry unresolved grievances into life beyond service, assuming they do not suicide.

11 March 2021 National Symposium
11 March 2021 National Symposium

Submission by Dr Kay Danes OAM

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Australian first – public defence and veteran suicide prevention symposium

19 February 2021

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'.

Download the Full Symposium Program (Here)
 

Dr Kay Danes address to National Commissioner Symposium on Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

Defence and veteran suicide: Prevention Through Understanding Symposium.