Since he was a teenager, Richard Frampton has worked tirelessly to support his fellow Australians and he’s not ready to slow down.

“I joined the Royal Australian Navy as a junior recruit in 1968, and for nine years was part of a number of deployments including several to South-East Asia. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and while it set me in good stead for the future it wasn’t until I discharged that my remarkable life began,” Richard said.

Leaving his Navy career behind, Richard, his wife Johanna and their three children spent many years living in remote parts of the Northern Territory including Elcho Island (known to its traditional owners as Galiwin’ku), situated off the coast of Arnhem Land.

“I was privileged to work with Indigenous people for 30 years in various sales and marketing roles on behalf of Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA), Australia’s largest Indigenous organisation.

“Instead of a company car I had a company plane and I would spend a week in the bush then a week back home. The kids and I learnt two Indigenous languages and formed a wonderful appreciation for the culture and history of our First Australians.”

Richard eventually returned to South Australia for health reasons, but continued his work as a mentor and advisor for ALPA before eventually retiring.

Today, Richard continues to be an advocate for those in the community as well as his fellow veterans. He is a strong supporter of The Road Home and a valuable voice for veterans at the Jamie Larcombe Centre in his role as Chairman of the Lived Experience Group (LEG).

Membership of the group includes consumers that have accessed services at the Jamie Larcombe Centre, their carers and staff.

“The group is very important to me as it provides a conduit between management and those accessing services at the Centre to convey their lived experience perspective. It’s integral to any organisation’s success that people have a say about what’s good and what could be improved, and I feel privileged to be their ‘voice’.

“I have spent my life helping others so I know first-hand the difference that a good meal, a warm bed and great care can have on someone’s recovery and future.

“I am proud that I can continue to serve others in this way and appreciate the work that everyone at The Road Home and the Jamie Larcombe Centre does to help our veterans.”