Help Is On Its Way!

AMWChoir voices scattered throughout the massed choir at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AMWChoir voices scattered throughout the massed choir at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AMWChoir Brisbane voices combined with music leaders as part of the Queensland Music Festival Choir Callout, directed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM. Thousands of voices came together to raise awareness surrounding men and boys mental health.

A significant portion of music leader and coordinator training was influenced by participating in rehearsal, performing a pop-up choir, and joining with thousands of voices to form the mass choir for the Saturday evening concert.

Glenn Shorrock and Band fronted more than 2,000 voices singing Help Is On Its Way as the finale to a great concert featuring The McClymonts, Busby Marou, Travis Collins, Katie Noonan & Jack Carty.

AMWChoir voices in the Soprano section were privileged to have Katie Noonan seated amongst us while we sang backing to the finale number.

AMWChoir Adelaide Coordinator, Krista, with Katie Noonan.

AMWChoir Adelaide Coordinator, Krista, with Katie Noonan.

National leader training

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AMWChoir leadership received specialist music leader training and coordinator instruction while in Brisbane. Leaders from 10 of our 12 locations took time out of their regular work and family commitments to strengthen choral conducting skills, music teaching methods, vocal technique and rehearsal management.

A highlight was receiving a ‘sing-off song’ specially selected for each location choir. These new songs will be performed at the National Workshop being held in Canberra from 17-19 October 2019.

Coordinators received instruction from AMWChoir National business Manager, Penny, on new systems developed over the past twelve months to streamline choir processes and make handover to new volunteers easier.

Don’t you forget
who’ll take care of you.
It don’t matter what you do.
Form a duet let him sing melody.
You’ll provide the harmony.
— Glenn Shorrock, Help Is On Its Way

Coordinators also received specialist training from guest presenter Cathy Arkus, Manager of Defence Community Support Programs. Skills covered included communicating the AMWChoir mission, purpose and objectives; securing suitable resources; and online security.

Pop-up choir

Twenty-six AMWChoir voices ‘popped up’ beneath the monument above the Victoria Bridge abutment to sing for our hearts and gladden passers-by. Video of choir favourites Beyond the Sea, I’ll Stand By You, Ordinary Miracle, and a Beatles medley will be shared at and AMWChoir’s Facebook page, soon.

AMWChoirs rehearse in 12 locations around Australia on 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays each month. More info? Email or message us on Facebook.

Supporting AMWChoirs across Australia

Supporting AMWChoirs across Australia

The Road Home supports the AMWC Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Representative Choir

The Road Home will sponsor the AMWC Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Representative Choir.

Members and supporters are urged to take a few minutes to learn more about this unique organisation based in Adelaide.


The Road Home is a leader in the provision of research and programs to support veterans and their families as they transition from their military service into the community.

For the past 18 years The Road Home (formerly Foundation Daw Park at the Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia) has conducted world-leading independent research to aid the health and wellbeing of veterans.

Since 2015, The Road Home has provided $1.4 million in funding for research and programs that deliver optimal models of care and health outcomes on a national scale for veterans.

With a focus on Post-Traumatic Stress, The Road Home continues to fund world-leading research as well as research-backed wellbeing services to our veterans in need and their families.

It is also a key part of South Australia’s Hospital Research Foundation Group who is funding significant growth in this area.

2017 – 2018 research grants include:

  • Leaving military service: a qualitative study into the experience of transition from active service to civilian life among ADF members

  • Children living in families with a parent with PTSD

  • Understanding the relationship between health behaviours and psychological wellbeing in carers of service men and women

  • Living vicariously with PTSD: how partners experience, and can better support, those who are exposed to traumatic events in the course of their work

  • Examining Art Therapy as an adjunct therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Invictus Pathways Program

In a collaboration with University of South Australia, The Road Home is the first in Australia to have a program specifically designed to provide support and tailored facilities needed for veterans who are aspiring to compete in the Invictus Games.

Including baseline physiological testing and profiling, the Invictus Pathways Program provides struggling veterans with something to work towards and a purpose to give them direction, aid in their mental health and encourage them to be active and participate within society.

As proof of its success, eight of the nine South Australian 2018 Invictus Games participants went through the Pathways Program.

Complementing the program The Road Home is funding a world-first Invictus Pathways Scholarship at the University of South Australia. The three-year PhD project will explore The effect of participation in the Invictus Games program on returned service personnel. This will ensure accurate measurement of the efficacy and impact of the program which is important if the program is to be offered Australia-wide.

Athlete Profile: Emilea Mysko

After eight years in the Royal Australian Navy, Emilea Mysko faced a mental battle when she was medically discharged from service, leaving her feeling alone and isolated. Today she is gearing up for a different battle, competing in the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games.

“I was in the Navy for such a long time, I couldn’t return to life as it was before I joined. I had grown up, matured and experienced life-changing events. Trying to get back into regular civilian life with my injury proved to be challenging. I felt segregated and alone,” Emilea said.

Thankfully on that dark road Emilea found relief through The Road Home’s Invictus Pathways Program, a collaboration with the University of South Australia, dedicated to training injured veterans to compete in the Invictus Games.

“The Road Home helped me out of the hole I was buried in. I was introduced to cycling, which I could manage despite my injury. I then began the journey of the Invictus Pathways Program, giving me focus and goals to strive towards,” Emilea said.

“I am able to believe in myself again and believe I am capable of achieving,” Emilea said.

For more information visit

Photo Caption: AMWC members join the Road Home’s Wellbeing Program Coordinator Mark Reidy (at front) and athletes (from left) Daniel Marsh, Steve Sandman, Vanessa Broughill and Emilea Mykso.


We are very excited to announce three new major event sponsors for the Australian Military Wives Choir activities planned to take place in Sydney during October.

With the support of The Road Home, the NSW club industry (Your local club) and clubs from within The Returned and Services League (NSW Branch), we will be able to cover many costs for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Representative Choir.

Updated information for members about the 2018 National Workshop which will be held at the same time as the Invictus rehearsals is available at

Please take the time to read about our new sponsors listed below.

The NSW club industry (Your local club)

ClubsNSW, on behalf of the NSW registered club industry, is proud to play a major role in Invictus Games Sydney 2018, signing on as a Founding Partner. ClubsNSW and member clubs have committed significant support to enable the smooth running of the Games and to promote the key objective of supporting veterans and their families in the community.

Visit to read more.

The Road Home

With a focus on Post-Traumatic Stress, The Road Home funds world-leading research and research-backed wellbeing services for veterans in need as well as their families. In fact, many research projects are focused on examining the effect of Post-Traumatic Stress on partners and children of veterans.

To learn more visit the grants page at

Returned and Services League Australia (NSW Branch)

Individual clubs within RSL New South Wales have pledged their support. Five Dock RSL is a long time supporter of AMWChoir Sydney and we are grateful for their generous donation. Also other clubs of the Eastern Metropolitan District Council such as the Bondi, Maroubra and Coogee-Clovelly-Randwick sub-branches have offered funds.

 Visit to read more.


New Choirs in Shoalhaven and East Sale

The Australian Military Wives Choir is launching new choirs in East Sale, Victoria and the Shoalhaven Area of NSW around Nowra.

We are looking for enthusiastic singers to help form these new groups.

Email our Coordinators: Tina at or Sami at for details of the first rehearsals.

Please share this invitation with your friends who are female family members of Australian Defence Force members and foreign defence force members posted to Australia.

We welcome girlfriends, partners, wives, sisters, mothers and also female ADF members.

Singing Out For Music Directors!

We are currently looking for a music director to lead the Shoalhaven and East Sale Choirs.

A volunteer coordinator is already in place in East Sale and Shoalhaven. Coordinators take care of all the communications, record keeping and assist with rehearsal logistics. That makes planning and leading the singing each fortnight easier for singing leaders.

Music Director positions in the AMWChoir are filled by women with a connection to serving members of a Defence Force. Music leaders vary in experience from highly qualified musicians and teachers to women with choir experience who would like to learn how to lead. The AMWChoir leadership team selects the music and provides training for these volunteer positions. 

For more information and to volunteer please email Cath at

If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please share this page.

AMWChoir warmly farewells our Patron

The Australian Military Wives Choir would like to thank and warmly farewell our Patron, Gitte Binksin.

For the past four years, Gitte Binskin has promoted, given advice and been an enthusiastic supporter of our choir. We have valued the time she has given up to meet with our leaders and attend our performances.

We wish Gitte and her husband, the outgoing Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, all the best in retirement from Defence Life.

Caption: AMWChoir National Business Manager Penny Middleton thanks Gitte Binksin before AMWChoir Canberra members sing her favourite songs Military Wife and Beyond the Sea.

Express Your Interest in Singing at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Expressions of Interest have now closed.

The Australia Military Wives Choir hopes to perform at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to be held in October this year.

To find out how many of our choir members would be available to sing we are launching an Expression of Interest form.

If our performance application is confirmed as successful, only the singers who complete this form and complete the rehearsal schedule will be eligible to sing.

For your expression of interest to be considered you must be a financial member of the AMWChoir Inc, ie you paid for 2018 membership. To register now please complete the application here:

If you have questions about the event that you need answered before making this commitment, please email Penny at



AMWChoir Loud and Proud at Anzac Day Ceremonies in 2018

The Australian Military Wives Choir are rehearsing around Australia for upcoming Anzac Day performances.

  • AMWChoir Wagga just celebrated their first birthday and are already a valued part of the Defence community. On Wednesday April 25, they are singing at the Dawn Service and Commemorative Ceremony after the March.
  • AMWChoir Brisbane are the lead choir at an afternoon concert within Cannon Garland Green, at the entrance of the historical Toowong Cemetery on Saturday 28 April. AMWChoir Brisbane along with key singers from the Stuartholme Choir will be performing music from the war era. Bring a blanket or folding chair, relax on the green and enjoy the music.

Check back to this news page and our website calendar for more info from around Australia over the next week.

After the events, photos will be posted in our Past Events Gallery.

Uniform Special For March

We are very excited to have so many new members join our choir this year so we are announcing a $20 Uniform Special.

Simply order a uniform item at the AMWChoir Uniform Shop by the end of March and enter the promo code UNIFORM2018.

Limit of one discount per member.

Please note: Uniforms are for performance use. However uniforms are optional and appropriate black clothing can also worn by members.



3/4 Quay Shirt Available with Logo

Calling Members and Supporters! Volunteers Needed for Sponsorship Sub-Committee

We are seeking volunteers for the new Australian Military Wives Choir Sponsorship Sub-Committee from among our members and supporters.

We would like to hear from people who have time to devote to a special project in the next three months, particularly those with experience approaching corporate businesses for sponsorship.

Please email our Business Manager Penny at to express your interest.