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Army March 31, 2011
By Michael Brooke
TWO new websites aimed at providing ex-
service personnel with access to vital health
resources are being piloted.
The wellbeing Toolbox and Touchbase
have been developed specifically for ex-
service personnel and transitioning personnel,
their families and friends to help them face
challenges that moving from military to civil-
ian life may present.
Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren
Snowdon launched the websites at
Holsworthy Barracks on March 14.
The Wellbeing Toolbox provides interac-
tive educational material in key areas such
as problem solving, building support, helpful
thinking, getting active, keeping calm and
Developed in conjunction with lead-
ing experts at the Australian Centre for
Posttraumatic Mental Health, the toolbox
provides practical step-by-step tips and advice
for improving mental and physical wellbeing
and relieving stress.
The Touchbase website provides informa-
tion on lifestyle issues such as employment
and finances. It also has useful links on topics
ranging from compensation and finances to
health, housing and parenting support.
The Touchbase website provides users
with the opportunity to keep in touch or
reconnect with other former service person-
nel, family and friends using its online com-
munity Find Your Mates.
The Wellbeing Toolbox can be accessed at:
The Touchbase website can be accessed at:
for ex soldiers
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A REVISED military licence has been
introduced providing a photo ID card
for earthmoving and material-han-
dling equipment (MHE) operators.
The current paper licence will be
replaced by the new PH444, which is
now available at DSG card issuing facil-
Army personnel will now be com-
pliant with the qualification and com-
petency requirements of the National
Standard for Licensing Persons
Performing High Risk Work 2006.
SO1 Projects Lt-Col Andrew
Hofman said the introduction of the
revised PH444 Earthmoving and MHE
licence brought Army into compliance
with CA's Directive 1/10 and aligned
with civil-sector national licensing ini-
"If you hold a paper PH444 then you
have until February 1, 2012, to con-
vert to the new style licence," Lt-Col
The policy document for the opera-
tion and management of C and D vehi-
cles in Army has been rewritten and is
currently circulating Army for comment.
The new PH444 will be valid for five
years from the date of issue and the old
licence is to be cancelled or destroyed.
Further information on licensing, regulations,
policy and civilian industry codes of practice can
be found at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
Get the picture: The new photo licence (inset) for earthmoving and material-handling equipment
operators aligns the Army with civil-industry standards.
Photo by AB Jarrad Oliffe
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