Wondering what has happened to the Patterson Report

The Professor Ron Patterson report which provided 64 recommendations in a review of the Veterans Support Act was tabled in Parliament in May 2018.

Here is a record from the Hansard of the Oral Questions in Parliament which you may recall.  Cick HERE

The Hansard identifies a number of areas which your Association will be following up in 2019.   Recent correspondence indicates that the Minister of Veterans Affairs has only accepted one recommendation to which he has set up the Veterans Advisory Board to look at.  This Board (which has no Naval Representation) has until 31 March 2019 to respond and we look forward to the outcome of their deliberations.

 

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5 Responses to Wondering what has happened to the Patterson Report

  1. Brian Edwards says:

    Hi. Just opened and read above report. Then watched the video of same to put names to faces of the people supposedly representing the Veteran community. I thought it was the Muppet show!! Am I glad Im over the ditch and Veterans Affairs here recognises who is a Veteran. Anyway hope to catch up with a few at the 60th year reunion next week.
    Cheers
    Pilz

  2. Dave Wistrand says:

    I have been pondering about PTSD and thinking about pre-deployment training and really any kind of way of introducing training for PTSD before the event(s) and is that relevant or appropriate. I would think that once combat is engaged and bits of people are flying every where and most of you is on the port side of the BWO but your right hand is still hanging onto the morse key somewhere else, it might be a good idea to know this was a possibility and how to cope. Bit morose I know but it is from these kind of events PTSD arises – So is it possible to pretrain or prepare and is that a good idea or not (and do NZ Armed Forces do it). Anyway follow the link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480561/
    which indicates pre training might be a good idea in mitigating the effects of incidents which can
    lead to PTSD. Not the complete answer but something to think about. By the way The Rt Hon Mr Mark has still not appointed a Naval representative to the Veterans Advisory Board and doubt he ever will

    • Frank Rands says:

      Dave, All NZDF personnel before they deploy to an area of concern undertake a week pre-deployment training which includes briefs on what to expect from both a unit and personal perspective. On completion of the deployment they also do a one week post deployment training. These courses are both compulsory. On the question of Ron Mark and the VAB he has quite seriously stated that there will be no change to the composition of the VAB. He had better hope that the members get it right because I can just see the amount of paperwork he will receive if they dont. I am still waiting for a response so he will be getting a chase up in he very near future.

    • Frank Rands says:

      Dave, All NZDF personnel before they deploy to an area of concern undertake a week pre-deployment training which includes briefs on what to expect from both a unit and personal perspective. On completion of the deployment they also do a one week post deployment training. These courses are both compulsory. On the question of Ron Mark and the VAB he has quite seriously stated that there will be no change to the composition of the VAB. He had better hope that the members get it right because I can just see the amount of paperwork he will receive if they dont. I am still waiting for a response so he will be getting a chase up in he very near future.

  3. Dave Wistrand says:

    Yes I understand that but we still have PTSD as a major problem with people having completed those compulsory courses still having problems. (Veterans Affairs and the NODUFF people will agree perhaps) So the question then is “Is the training adequate and appropriate?” As a old Womble I was just wondering if they cannot complete the “TASK” in the classroom as the task and the conditions are not able to be replicated in a classroom environment then they should be able to complete with “ON THE JOB TRAINING” and get it signed OFF in their Task Book. No doubt we are past all that now so will drop the subject

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