What we do

 

We currently support sub-branch members, and any ex-service men and women who seek assistance in obtaining support, advice and where possible advocacy, in dealing with their lives after service in the Australian Defence Force or other entitled or allied services.

We organise and coordinate services marking Anzac Day and Remembrance Day each year – normally undertaken at the Woy Woy Memorial Park, with support functions held here at the Ettalong Diggers (Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club). Members attend community, school and other activities as representatives of the RSL.

In cooperation with Gosford Council, we act as ‘custodians’ of the Memorial Park and coordinate arrangements for installation of memorial plaques for deceased ex-service persons. As might be requested, we will attend funerals or memorial services for ex-service people.
And, we look to the ongoing well-being and welfare of members of this sub-branch.

 

What we offer

 

We offer to lend a listening ear to any ex-member of the Australian Defence Force who may be needing some advice, support, guidance or direction in dealing with their transition to civilian life or with things that arise along the way. No forms, no fuss. We will do what we can to help them find the right way ahead for them. 

If anyone needs a hand, just give us a call or send an email and we’ll see what we can do to help.

 

General Meeting Dates

  • Friday 13th of August  14:30
  • Friday 8th of October14:30
  • Friday 10th of December14:30

 

 

 

Dinner Meeting Dates

We will start a trial of bi-monthly meetings out of working hours for those who work or cannot attend on Fridays. We will try 18:00 on the Tuesday night following the Friday meetings. Meeting will be informal, but follow the Friday, giving attendees their chance to have their say. And we will then stay on for a meal and/or drink in the Diggers for those who are interested. We will assess how this goes after the December meeting.

  • Tuesday 17th of August 18:00
  • Tuesday 12th of October18:00
  • Tuesday 14th of December18:00

 

What is Happening

 

A subbranch cotton/poly polo shirt will be on show for ordering at the 13 August meeting. Navy blue with white piping on collar. Embroidered RSL badge. Women’s and men’s sizes. Short and long sleeve. Cost to be decided and advised on 13 Aug.

 

Location

Ettalong Diggers (Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club)

51-52 The Esplanade Ettalong Beach NSW 2257

 

Phone :                 4343 0120

The Sub-branch office is manned from 0900-1200 Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. And as otherwise required or arranged.

Members sub-branch meetings are currently held bi-monthly of Fridays at 1430.

 

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Mental health support for DVA White Card holders

Dear Members

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Andrew Gee has announced the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program has been expanded to provide additional support for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) White Card holders with an accepted mental health condition.
Previously open only to DVA Gold Card holders, the CVC Program engages general practitioners and practice nurses to provide veterans in need with a multi-disciplinary care team, who develop and deliver comprehensive care plans to suit the individual needs of each veteran.
Minister Gee said “The Australian Government is focused on addressing veteran mental health and suicide prevention within the Defence and veteran community. Expanding this program to Veteran White Card holders provides veterans with complex needs with the support they require to receive the best possible medical treatment”. 
White Card holders need to have an accepted chronic mental health condition and meet the other eligibility criteria of the CVC Program. For more information on the CVC Program and eligibility visit the DVA website.
If you, or someone you know, need immediate mental health support, you can contact:
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Open Arms (current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families are able to seek this free and confidential support) – 1800 011 046
ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line (for current serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 628 036.
Safe Zone Support (for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 142 072. When you call Safe Zone Support, you do not need to identify yourself if you do not want to.
Contact details for your local sub-Branch can be found by clicking on this link (please note that sub-Branches do not offer mental health crisis support but can assist with connecting you to these services).