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Support for families

Soldier with child
There are a number of support tools and organisations that can assist families of wounded, injured and ill Army members.

Wounded, injured and ill members and their families may contact the army.swiip [at] (subject: SWIIP%20enquiry%20from%20Army%20web) (Army Support for Wounded, Injured and Ill Program) by email. This contact is reserved for members and their families. All general public and media enquiries should be directed to mediaops [at] (subject: Army%20SWIIP%20enquiry) (Defence Media Operations).

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides a broad range of services and programs for an Australian Defence Force member and their immediate family.

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is a Ministerially appointed group that represents the views of Defence Families. Its aim is to inform Government and Defence on the needs of the family. Its goal is to ensure quality of life for all Defence Families by provided a recognised forum for their views and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families.

The Ken Bromley's Wounded Servicemen's Convalescent Scheme

The Ken Bromley Wounded Servicemen's Convalescent Scheme aims to provide a cost free convalescent holiday for all service members wounded on an overseas operational mission approved by the Australian Federal Government.

This scheme and its associated Trust account is administered by the Rotary Club of Gold Coast.

Each nomination received is investigated by the trustees of the organisation to verify the worthiness for assistance. When accepted for assistance, the member and family are assisted in their travel to the Gold Coast at a time acceptable to the member.

All applications are to be submitted to Army Headquarters for vetting.

The Ken Bromley Convalescent Scheme also strives to provide the following services:

  • Cost free holidays for the spouse and children of any wounded service member, to enable them to accompany their injured spouse on a convalescent holiday.
  • A cost free convalescent holiday for service members from any country of the British Commonwealth, including forces of the United Nations who have been wounded or have sustained illness in any war, uprising or conflict occurring anywhere in the world; or when serving in any peacekeeping force established by the United Nations or established by a nation or nations in an endeavour to maintain peace.
  • A cost free convalescent holiday for any service or ex-service member who has, as a result of service in any theatre or war, subsequently become ill or become mentally handicapped.
  • The trustees of the Scheme have extended coverage to service members who have received a serious injury whilst participating in an approved major training activity or exercise and now require extensive rehabilitation or convalescence.
  • The organisation can arrange medical care and/or provide any surgical or other appliances or aids to assist any service member, including the provision of artificial limbs etc, and the provision of a guide dog for the blind.
  • A counselling service to assist the wounded to accept their disabilities and face life in the future as a disabled person and for this purpose to engage and or employ any professional or other assistance necessary to achieve this objective that is to prepare them for civil life in perhaps a completely new occupation.
  • To correspond by mail with wounded service members where correspondence would be a beneficial therapy and to continue such correspondence after discharge from the services as required.

For further assistance or information on the Ken Bromley Convalescent Scheme, please send letters to:

The Secretary,
Rotary Club of Gold Coast
PO Box 7, Surfers Paradise, Qld, 4217

Last updated
8 December 2016
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