Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Fresh ideas prepare our fighting fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Tamara Prins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Tamara Prins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Newly posted HMAS Stirling gymnasium staff are helping to build Navy’s mental and physical resilience for the year ahead. Their ‘go forward’ approach to designing physical training sessions is all about fostering the ‘Fit to Fight’ attitude in Navy personnel.

Creswell fit to fight

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jocelyn Blowfield (author), LEUT Matthew Nowaczyk (photographer), LCDR Jocelyn Blowfield (photographer)

HMAS Canberra landing craft with HMAS Creswell personnel as they set out on the first stage of the annual Command Challenge. (photo: )

HMAS Canberra landing craft with HMAS Creswell personnel as they set out on the first stage of the annual Command Challenge.

The ship’s company of HMAS Creswell has taken up the challenge to be Fit to Fight by embracing increased physical and adventure training opportunities throughout 2017 and into the new year.

Defence physical trainers offer fitness advice post-Christmas

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

STOCK IMAGE: Members of HMAS Cerberus competing in the Spartan Warrior Fitness Challenge. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

STOCK IMAGE: Members of HMAS Cerberus competing in the Spartan Warrior Fitness Challenge.

The Christmas / New year holiday period has been a time to enjoy sleeping in, visit friends and family and, for many of us, ditch the healthy eating and exercise habits we normally adhere too. If this is the case, a more relaxed approach does not have to send you spiralling down a weight-gain and fitness-loss tunnel of doom.

Counting blessings this festive season

Published on by PCHA Colin Acton (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton.

Reflecting on the season, here’s the annual Christmas message from Navy’s Principal Chaplain, Colin Acton.

 

Art therapy for a recovery journey

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author and photographer)

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) addresses the Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program 17-2 participants at the University of Canberra. (photo: CMDR Chloe Griggs)

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) addresses the Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program 17-2 participants at the University of Canberra.

Creative writing, sculpture, rock songs and acting aren’t normally the daily work of service men and women, but for a group of 22 Defence members recovering from injury or illness this was their day job in November.

Resilience program proves positive

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer), ABEW Bryce Watson (photographer)

Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin.

Every day onboard HMAS Darwin you will see a large number of ship’s company sweating it out on the flight deck or focsle under the watchful eye of Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton.

Battle of bridges conquered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

The Defence community and their families take part in HMAS Stirling's annual Walk to Work day, which involves walking from the base front gate to the Stirling Sports Oval, covering a distance of approximately 6.4km. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The Defence community and their families take part in HMAS Stirling's annual Walk to Work day, which involves walking from the base front gate to the Stirling Sports Oval, covering a distance of approximately 6.4km.

Defence personnel based in Western Australia have stopped traffic in its tracks, closing the causeway to Garden Island in the name of fitness and wellbeing.

Seeking assistance key to lifting stigma

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Jay Cronan (photographer)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with The Secretary of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty  launched the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day. The Strategy consolidates and recognises Defence's commitment to a whole of organisation approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Defence personnel. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs with The Secretary of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty launched the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day. The Strategy consolidates and recognises Defence's commitment to a whole of organisation approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Defence personnel.

Dispelling the stigma attached to mental health concerns is one of the key aims of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 recently released in Canberra.

Drug testing trial enhances detection

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A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use. (photo: Unknown)

A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use.

The Australian Defence Force is trialling hair and saliva testing as part of the Prohibited Substance Testing Program, from 1 October to 31 July next year, the new regime will be in addition to the existing urine tests.

More on offer than prayers

Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), Jay Cronan (photographer)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, launched in January 2017. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, launched in January 2017.

Seeking chaplaincy support, counsel and assessment is much more common than you might think.