I don’t seem to be able to concentrate well today. As I write this, teenager number two has gone back to school for the first time. I am picking her up as we don’t want her catching the bus. Our dog, who has spent the last two months cuddled up to her, has spent the … Continue reading From the National Convenor
They say that isolation has 3 stages. Excitement for being able to work from home in your PJ’s all day to setting into a routine and than realising that you crave human interaction again. I believe most of us can experience all 3 of these in a matter of minutes. Isolation started for us on … Continue reading My routine for lockdown
Some words from our DFA Northern Queensland delegate, Chandell. So far with COVID-19 my family’s life has remained relatively unchanged but that’s about to change with Anzac Day. As a Defence child and now a Defence family, Anzac Day has a very special meaning to my family, as I am sure it does for so … Continue reading Anzac at Home 2020
Why a First Five Years Webinar? Over the month of March DFA is hosting a First Five Years webinar for families of each of the three Services. We’ve asked the Deputy Service Chiefs to talk about what to expect from a Services perspective such as how much the member will be away and in what … Continue reading Webinars
This week we are pleased to bring to you a guest blog post from Defence Health. It can be hard to make things work in any relationship, let alone one where work separates the two of you for long stretches of time. Periods when a partner is deployed can be really tough. Keeping in touch … Continue reading Managing a relationship while your partner is deployed
Tex and his wife Alex have three sons and are currently posted to the Pilbara in Western Australia. We wanted to know what life is like in a remote posting. How did you and your partner meet? Alex and I met in Townsville 2010; she was a bartender and I was posted to 2RAR. Do … Continue reading A Posting to the Pilbara
Definitions of Emergency: Macquarie Dictionary: An unforeseen occurrence; a sudden and urgent occasion for action. Defence partner: I‘m so sick I need to go to hospital, I have a young child, my ADF member is away and I just moved here so I know no one to help care for either me or my child. … Continue reading Who to call in an emergency?
How did you meet? I had been living and working on the Gold Coast and had just returned back to Sale in 1997 following an injury. I met Nick not long after while he was posted to East Sale as an instructor at the School of Air Traffic Control. Approximately how many moves/ locations/ countries? … Continue reading Our ADF Families: Charlie and Nick