Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

No bridge too far for mental health

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. (photo: Mr Jay Cronan)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel and Department of Defence public servants took time away from their desks to focus on mental health in Canberra.

Hundreds of sailors learn how to ask ‘R U OK?’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event.

Ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide has marked Mental Health Awareness Month with an event to build confidence in asking ‘R U OK?’ Joined by personnel from sister ship Canberra, they learned how to spot the signs that it might be time to have an R U OK? conversation.

Moreton takes on the Brisbane Rail Trail

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue. (photo: LS ML-SC Hayden Eyles)

Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue.

HMAS Moreton personnel have taken on a bushwalking challenge to test their mental and physical resilience. The old Brisbane rail trail comprises 161km of rugged Australian bushland, often crossing though small Queensland towns, providing a challenge even for the regular bushwalker.

Values and ethics discussed at chaplains’ seminar

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

USS Emory S Land Chaplain Lieutenant Wilking Jean (front centre) poses with Chaplains from Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN (back left) during the inaugural tri-service Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar at the Chaplain Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

USS Emory S Land Chaplain Lieutenant Wilking Jean (front centre) poses with Chaplains from Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN (back left) during the inaugural tri-service Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar at the Chaplain Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA.

HMAS Stirling recently hosted the Army’s Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar with 18 chaplains attending from all three services of the Australian Defence Force.

Fit to fight

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Benjamin Spring, left, supervises Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Lara Pilton, conducting a workout on new exercise equipment in the gymnasium at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Benjamin Spring, left, supervises Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Lara Pilton, conducting a workout on new exercise equipment in the gymnasium at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

New functional training equipment has been installed at the Fleet Base East Gymnasium as part of a much-needed $400-thousand dollar upgrade, making a big difference in the gym’s overall equipment standard.

New CrossFit room for Navy’s northern force

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT.

Redevelopments at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin are placing the Navy base and the greater Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in which it resides at the top of Australia’s Defence Force bases for facilities and services.

New wellbeing precinct opens at Fleet Base West

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Attendees pose together outside the HMAS Stirling Chaplaincy Centre entrance 'The Hutcho Portico' after the conclusion of the official reopening of the Wellbeing Precinct at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Attendees pose together outside the HMAS Stirling Chaplaincy Centre entrance 'The Hutcho Portico' after the conclusion of the official reopening of the Wellbeing Precinct at HMAS Stirling, WA.

July 15 marked a significant date in the Fleet Base West calendar as it saw the official re-opening of a number of personnel-support units that are collectively known as the Wellbeing Precinct.

Navy singers strike a chord in Defence choir

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

The Defence Choir perform their winter concert in the Ngunnawal Theatrette at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

The Defence Choir perform their winter concert in the Ngunnawal Theatrette at Russell Offices, Canberra.

As the Chief Legal Officer to the Chief of Navy and a mother-of-three children, you wouldn’t think Commander Rachel Jones would have much time for hobbies, but her posting to Navy Headquarters has unexpectedly given her an opportunity to reconnect with one of her first loves: singing.

Broughhill wins in more ways than one in Tampa

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Electronics Warfare sailor Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill, centre, after receiving a gold and bronze medals from Director General ADF sports Brigadier Phil Winter, left, and Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Campbell during the 2019 Warrior Games, Tampa Bay, Florida. (photo: LS Jayson Tufrey)

Royal Australian Navy Electronics Warfare sailor Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill, centre, after receiving a gold and bronze medals from Director General ADF sports Brigadier Phil Winter, left, and Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Campbell during the 2019 Warrior Games, Tampa Bay, Florida.

Adaptive sports have helped an Adelaide-based sailor overcome mental and physical adversity when she recently competed at the Warrior Games in the United States.

New home for ‘fang bosuns’ at HMAS Albatross

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Banavar (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

The Dental Department stands proudly in front of the entrance to the new dental facility during its opening at the HMAS Albatross Health Centre, NSW.  (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

The Dental Department stands proudly in front of the entrance to the new dental facility during its opening at the HMAS Albatross Health Centre, NSW.

Commanding Officer Captain Fiona Sneath was surrounded by gleaming smiles at the recent opening of the impressive new dental facility at HMAS Albatross.