Veterans’ Health week to be celebrated in the New England Electorate
21 Oct 2016
- Inverell Legacy receives Federal funding for an excursion to Bingara’s The Living Classroom
The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said encouraging health and wellbeing and tackling the challenges faced by veterans and their families is a priority for the Australian Government, to mark Veterans’ Health Week.
Veterans’ Health Week runs from 22 to 30 October and this year focuses on social connection, with more than 300 events planned around the country.
Mr Joyce said The Legacy Club of Inverell Incorporated is one of the groups receiving funding for a Legacy, Ex-Service and Families Social Day visiting The Living Classroom in Bingara followed by healthy lunch at the Bingara RSL Club on Thursday, 27 October.
“Our country owes enormous gratitude to the men and women who serve in defence of our country,” Mr Joyce said.
“Veterans’ Health Week is an opportunity to acknowledge that service and encourage veterans, serving Australian Defence Force personnel, and their families to be pro-active about their health.
“Veterans’ Health Week supports initiatives that keep people connected with their families, friends and communities and provides an opportunity to make new connections through a common cause.
“I encourage veterans and their families to participate in activities and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves, their friends and our community,” Mr Joyce said.
Legacy Club of Inverell President Jim Belford said his organisation was delighted to have received the funding for the excursion.
Mr Belford said organisers were expecting more than 30 people – a mixture of Legacy beneficiaries, ex-service people, friends and family – to take part in the excursion.
“We really want to raise community awareness so people can enjoy a social outing which is great for their well-being and to see what we do here at Legacy and within the RSL,” Mr Belford said.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a range of health information, online resources and support services for serving and ex-serving members, including:
• At Ease, a website with a range of resources, tools and apps to help veterans recognise the signs of mental illness and take positive action to tackle stress and stay well. (visit at-ease.dva.gov.au)
• The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential counselling and support. (visit www.vvcs.gov.au or call 1800 011 046)
• The Men’s Health Peer Education program trains volunteers to provide health information to their veteran peers to help them make informed lifestyle choices about their health (visit http://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing/mens-health-peer-education).