The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will hold its first public hearing at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday November 26.

The hearing will explain how the commissioners will conduct the inquiry, with the first public hearings, where participants will give evidence, starting on the following Monday.

Military veteran and campaigner Derek Pyrah

Campaigners fighting for subsidised access to medicinal cannabis for military veterans with PTSD have vowed to use the commission to further promote their cause.

Veteran Derek Pyrah told Cannabiz in September: “The thought of standing up at the Royal Commission to tell my story is a little nerve wracking, but they need to hear how PTSD is impacting veterans and their families.”

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the commission can do so on its website until at least the end of March 2022.

The commission told veterans sharing their experiences would help it understand systemic issues, risk factors, and the availability of support services. However, it said it could not decide or resolve individual cases or award compensation.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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