Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Resilience resource a SMART move

Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Unknown (photographer)

The High Res website at http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres. (photo: )

The High Res website at http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres.

Military service can contribute to significant change, upheaval and tension in the lives of serving members and their families, and it’s vital that members of the service community have the information and resources to assist with day-to-day management of these stressors.

Take action on World Mental Health Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014.

Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the Department of Defence is encouraging everyone to talk freely about concerns, support mechanisms and challenges with mental health.

Pausing to laugh and breathe for ADF Mental Health Day 2015

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

L-R: Vanessa van Buuren, Regional Mental Health Team Coordinator; Rob McGregor, RMHT ATODS Soc Worker; Julie Ann Sykley, VVCS Psychologist; Therese Curry, VVCS Psychologist; Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN; Lieutenant Commander Mark Rowell, RAN; and Petty Officer Tracey Small take part in activities at the Ratty Club, Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Mental Health Week, 2015. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

L-R: Vanessa van Buuren, Regional Mental Health Team Coordinator; Rob McGregor, RMHT ATODS Soc Worker; Julie Ann Sykley, VVCS Psychologist; Therese Curry, VVCS Psychologist; Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN; Lieutenant Commander Mark Rowell, RAN; and Petty Officer Tracey Small take part in activities at the Ratty Club, Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Mental Health Week, 2015.

While working in Defence is a rewarding career, the work can place stress on the lives of its members, so it is fitting that the series of Australian Defence Force Mental Health Days held around Australia in October was marked with the theme of ‘Taking Action’.

Lifting the stigma, one step at a time

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Anna-Lise Rosendahl (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service personnel participating in the ADF Mental Health Walk, a bridge to bridge lap around Lake Burley Griffin, as part Defence Mental Health month. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service personnel participating in the ADF Mental Health Walk, a bridge to bridge lap around Lake Burley Griffin, as part Defence Mental Health month.

Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin led around 300 Defence personnel in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra on 9 October to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Walking towards health and fitness at Stirling

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

The runners for the Causeway Classic (7km run) stride out over the low level bridge at the beginning of the race as a part of HMAS Stirling's Walk to Work. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

The runners for the Causeway Classic (7km run) stride out over the low level bridge at the beginning of the race as a part of HMAS Stirling's Walk to Work.

Personnel from HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, once again donned the sneakers to participate in the annual walk-to-work day and 'Causeway Classic' fun run on 9 October.

Wheels roll during Rugby championships

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Janine Fabre (author), CPL Janine Fabre (photographer)

Corporal Josh Gray (left), Able Seaman Dale Hood and Lieutenant Brendan Dumbrell (RAN) race each other during a friendly match of wheelchair rugby at Tedworth House. (photo: CPL Janine Fabre)

Corporal Josh Gray (left), Able Seaman Dale Hood and Lieutenant Brendan Dumbrell (RAN) race each other during a friendly match of wheelchair rugby at Tedworth House.

The Australian Services Rugby Union men's team was no match for the vastly superior team from Tedworth House in a friendly game of wheelchair rugby on 2 October. 

Army turns tables for UK Rugby in Defence champs

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Adam Boyd (author), CPL Janine Fabre (photographer)

The Australian Services Rugby Union men's team battle the British Army team in their first pool match held at Aldershot on 8th October 2015.  (photo: CPL Janine Fabre)

The Australian Services Rugby Union men's team battle the British Army team in their first pool match held at Aldershot on 8th October 2015.

The first round pool match of the 2015 International Defence Rugby Competition between Australian Services Rugby Union and the British Army was an eagerly anticipated replay of the 2011 final. The match was played at the home of British Army Rugby Union, at the Aldershot Garrison, under fine conditions and on a lush green pitch, in front of vocal home crowd. 

Taking Command of mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), LCPL Evan Moore (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Commander Doug Griffith, RAN, competing in the cycling leg of an Ironman event. (photo: )

Commander Doug Griffith, RAN, competing in the cycling leg of an Ironman event.

After seven months in Kabul witnessing some of the worst of humanity, Executive Officer Undergraduates at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Commander Doug Griffiths returned to Australia mentally tired, somewhat jaded and a bit disenchanted.

Transition research aims to improve wellbeing

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Defence members and their families are invited to participate in a wellbeing study.


 (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Defence members and their families are invited to participate in a wellbeing study.

Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are calling for members and their families to participate in the Transition and Wellbeing Research Program.

Principal Chaplain - Navy Christmas Message

Published on by Director General Chaplaincy - Navy Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre). (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre).

As the end of the year comes upon us, with the opportunity to relax and reflect, we can find ourselves commemorating the various events in our life that have taken place and shaped us over the past 12 months.