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I am writing to you because as part of the registration process for The Oasis Townsville you indicated that you were interested in becoming a 'Veteran advocate' with us. You are one of many volunteers we've had show interest and we are very pleased to start off so strongly.
Let me first introduce myself. I served in the Australian Army for 34 years and retired in 2015. I spent 10 years as a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and saw operational service in the Middle East and East Timor. I was commissioned three years before I retired, as a Major. I am heavily engaged in the ex-ADF Community, especially in Townsville. I am a member of the Steering Committee for Operation COMPASS (being the ex-ADF and Families Suicide Prevention Project which is one of 12 national suicide prevention trial sites, here in Townsville, incl being a campaign leader for one of the 6 Campaigns). I am also a Director of the Board of The Oasis Townsville Limited; and a Member of the Queensland Military Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) Board, and the Townsville ATDP Community of Practice (CofP) Coordinator.
By way of background, the ATDP provides training for advocates in compensation and wellbeing. The Oasis Townsville is concentrating on the training and development of Wellbeing Advocates initially and may branch out into developing Compensation Advocates in the future.
Wellbeing training focuses on providing the skills to assist ex-ADF members, their dependents, and war widows to access the wide array of community services that are available as well as DVA’s health and housing services and other services that are not pensions-related.
Training for Compensation focuses on developing the skills required to assist ex-ADF members, their dependents, and war widows to lodge claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
So what are our expectations? We are currently looking at options for how to train The Oasis Townsville 'Wellbeing Advocates' under the ATDP. The ATDP uses a competency based training process which assumes that adults acquire their skills and knowledge from a variety of sources. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an important component and is all about the skills and knowledge you've collected through work and life experiences and transferring them to current training course requirements, before we establish what training might be required to bring everyone to the appropriate levels of competency.
As part of determining the best course of action for training, the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that conducts the training has asked for an outline of potential trainee's skills, knowledge and experience to establish appropriate RPL.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would review unit of competency MILADW001 - Provide military welfare advocacy services under supervision (page 31 - 34) and provide an outline of your experience in relation to the Performance evidence and Knowledge evidence requirements. We are looking for real world experience that is in the area of the competency. The RPL process is a very reasonable one that aims to obviate any unnecessary training based on what you may have experience in, even in similar but unrelated areas.
Your efforts to provide us any information you have that might answer this ASAP would be very much appreciated.
So that we all stay alert to all info all correspondence should be to email XO@theoasistownsville.org.au. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you towards establishing what will be a real boost for advocacy in Townsville for the great benefit of our Ex-ADF Community.
Floss Foster, OAM