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Army October 15, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
THE Army Female Leaders
Network and Mentoring Group
kicked off in Canberra on
September 8 at ADFA.
The initiative is part of a
broader recruiting and retention
effort by Commander Career
Management--Army and Director
General Personnel--Army to
attract women to the Army and
keep them serving longer.
Lt-Col Nicole Sadler, SO1
Workforce Strategy, said the aim
was to bring women together
in each region and draw on the
experience of senior officers and
NCOs for ideas and career strate-
"This is not a secret women's
club," Lt-Col Sadler said.
"This isn't about women need-
ing special assistance but drawing
on other women who have been
there and done that, have had suc-
cessful and satisfying careers and
have stayed in Defence."
Lt-Col Sadler said a small
number of female officers had
attended a civilian development
program for women and the
regional sessions were a way of
passing that information to other
She said a key message from
the program was that networking
and mentoring younger women
was an ideal vehicle for support,
ideas and success.
Sessions have been conducted
in Townsville, Darwin and Sydney
and will be conducted in Brisbane
later this year. The program will
continue to expand in 2010.
Sgt Del Jones said the ses-
sion had prompted her to consider
what affect she could have in the
careers of younger soldiers.
"When I go back to Forces
Comd I can look at soldiers and
some of the things that were men-
tioned today and look at what role
I can play and actively plan to
have an affect on soldiers coming
through," Sgt Jones said.
Informative: Sgt Del Jones (left), Lt-Col Nicole Sadler and Capt Karen Kruger discuss the issues raised.
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
Study on health effects
ADF families are set to benefit from
the results of a benchmark study
into the effects of military service in
East Timor on the families of service
The $2 million Timor-Leste Family
Study is to be completed by June 30,
2011, to provide evidence of health
impacts of deployment on service
families. Results will help guide future
policy on government support for serv-
Veterans' Affairs Minister Alan
Griffin said it was the first time inter-
generational impacts of service from a
recent deployment had been examined.
"[It] will provide invaluable data on
any differences in the physical, men-
tal and social health of the families
of ADF members who served in East
Timor," Mr Griffin said.
The new study will provide results
generally applicable to other recent
deployments and help establish risks
and protective factors associated with
identified health impacts. Most criti-
cally, it will establish if a direct asso-
ciation can be made between any iden-
tified distinctive health characteristics
and active East Timor service.
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