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'Shethrives' Online Coaching Program - Calling For Expressions of Interest

P.V.A. Australia Inc. is calling for expressions of interest for this online coaching program for partners, current or ex-serving female veterans, widows, and separated or divorced partners of veterans.

N.B. There will not be any cost to participants for this online coaching program.

To Partners of Veterans - Expression of Interest 

Coaching Program: Supporting Women to Return to, and Thrive at Work

Approximately 53% of working women return to work after 12 months of having a baby (190,000 women). This number increases to around 60% once their youngest child starts school and continues to increase to around 80% as their children grow older. Anecdotal evidence has also shown that many partners have had to give up their career to care for disabled veterans and need support to re- educate in order to re- enter the workforce.

Shethrives in collaboration with the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia want to change this.

1. By supporting women to return to work with confidence at a faster rate.
2. By equipping women with the tools, know-how and connectedness to facilitate a return to work
    arrangement that is sustainable and benefits the employer, the women and her family.
3. By empowering women to thrive in their careers and their families.

Shethrives MISSION
Through education, inspiration, coaching and connectedness we aim to increase women’s workforce participation, economic independence and life fulfillment.

When women thrive, families and communities thrive …and so can workplaces.

8 module / 8 week, psychology-based, self-lead online program covering topics such as ‘meaning, and confidence’, through to ‘managing mother guilt’.
Psychological – behavioral science based to support a mindset to thrive.
Professional – strategies to lean back in and establish a sustainable plan that benefits employee and employer.
Practical – proven approaches to manage the logistics of varied roles to thrive at home and at work.

Purpose of this Expression of Interest
The purpose of this Expression is to gauge the interest, need and potential benefits of the program to participants in order to support establishment of this program in an enduring and sustainable manner, ensuring as many partners have best practice support to return to and thrive in their homes, community and workplaces.

Expression of Interest Process

a)   Advice as to intention
Upon consideration of this opportunity, you are requested to answer the following questions and email your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. name, service your (and you if applicable) partner served in

ii.    why you think you need the Shethrives program (such as moving regularly, not being able to continue professional accreditation, redundancy of skills, career change, out of workforce looking after children due to partner’s absence, role reversal as breadwinner due to disabled veteran,  separated, divorced or death of veteran.) 

iii.    what would this program mean to you, your partner, your family (assist with confidence, better jobs, improve families financial situation, give you higher self esteem and worth, role model to children, support to your partner, support to and involvement in broader civilian community helping to maintain ties)

b)   PVA Representative
If you have any questions about the program please email your name and email address to the PVA representative: National Secretary: Rona Lunney, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

c)    Selection Process
This expression of interest does not constitute an application to be considered for the coaching program at this stage.  Once funding is secured a slightly more detailed application process will follow.

The ex-service organisation environment is changing rapidly including ensuring partners of veterans and families are given far greater consideration.  It has been recognised that the family provides a stable and solid foundation for the veteran to continue to volunteer and serve their nation through military service, and to navigate the mine field of injury, illness, transition and life after military service. 

Strong families are key ingredients to a strong military, strong nation and the environments in which we bring up our children.  Women have always played a major role in family stability and through this program they will be an even greater asset, strength and role model to their families. 

I encourage you to take the short amount of time it takes to email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Yours  sincerely
Narelle Bromhead OAM
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Inc.
PO Box 3494, Tuggerah NSW 2259







Study on Impact of PTSD on Partners of Military Personel

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School of Behavioural and Cognitive Science
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351

Student Researcher – Helen Thomas                        Supervisor - Dr Ian Price, Phd
Phone: 02 4739 6313                                             Phone: 02 6773 2653
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Co-Supervisor - Dr Gail MacDonell, OAM, RN, PhD, MAPS
Phone: 02 6579 1163
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Research Project:   Post-traumatic growth and secondary traumatisation in the partners of     post-traumatic stress disorder affected combat veterans.

I would like to invite you and your partner to participate in a study about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it is experienced by the Military person.  I will be looking at the impact of PTSD on the partners of military personnel and the existence of post-traumatic growth.

Personal growth from trauma (post-traumatic growth) can sometimes occur after a person has suffered trauma, the effects can promote psychological well-being.  By knowing what promotes this growth it will be possible to better understand how to help Australian combat veterans and their families to manage traumatic deployments.

If you or your partner have suffered combat trauma and would both like to take part in this research, please copy the link below to access the online survey, which you will each need to do separately.  Alternatively, if you are unable to access the internet, you can telephone Wing Commander G.  Ballard (Retd.) on 0410 623 848 and he will send you and your partner paper copies with a stamped addressed envelope.  He will receive the replies and remove any individuating data prior to giving them to me.

SSome of the question in the survey may be sensitive in nature as the research is aiming to understand people’s response to traumatic events, so there is a possibility that it may raise personal or upsetting issues.  If that is the case, you can contact your local Community Health Centre.  For 24-hour support, telephone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (web chat and email services is also available).  

It is anticipated that this research will be completed by December, 2017. The results may be presented or written up in journals without any identifying information about the participants. 

 This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE17-051 Valid to 18/04/2018).

 Thank you for considering being part of this research.