Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Watson’s wonderful place of worship

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Chaplain Colin Tett, RAN, stands out the front of the HMAS Watson Chapel. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Chaplain Colin Tett, RAN, stands out the front of the HMAS Watson Chapel.

Whitewashed walls and giant windows of HMAS Watson’s chapel shine like a beacon in the morning sun atop Sydney’s South Head.

Creative rehabilitation ideas bear results

This article has photo gallery Published on by SQNLDR Jaimie Abbott (author), Ms Grace Costa (photographer)

Members of the AARTS program performing the rehearsal on stage at the University of Canberra. (photo: Grace Costa)

Members of the AARTS program performing the rehearsal on stage at the University of Canberra.

Applications are soon to close for the Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program.

Questions asked on military life

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Alex DeValentin (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace, after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace, after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West.

Navy families have two weeks left to provide feedback about their experiences and views on service life through a Defence Community Organisation initiative aimed at understanding the challenges of life in military families.

Sport conquers doubt for injured

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Invictus Games swimming coach Sub Lieutenant Amy Beal at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT. (photo: Jayson Tufrey)

Invictus Games swimming coach Sub Lieutenant Amy Beal at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT.

Navy people are training hard for the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto, with a squad of 53 athletes hoping to be selected for the adaptive sports competition.

Ongoing health support continues

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samuel Penfold (author)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year - one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increasingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a ‘howl’ of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.

Building balance into busy lives

Published on by WO Ian Daley (author)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on
Mental Health Day. (photo: Unknown)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on Mental Health Day.

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure balance and well-being are part of everyday naval life, the Australian Defence Force Centre of Mental Health based at HMAS Penguin took personnel away from their workplaces for a change of scenery recently.

Art therapy brings a new perspective

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

A guest views some of the static displays that were presented for the Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program. (photo: CMDR Chloe Wootten)

A guest views some of the static displays that were presented for the Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills program.

Eight Navy members swapped sea time for stagecraft, scripts and sculpture during November as part of an arts-based recovery program focussing on creative care.

Rankin team treks for health

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOCISSM Anthony O’Riley (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, right, and organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulmun Track, near the Mundaring Weir Hotel, WA. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, right, and organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulmun Track, near the Mundaring Weir Hotel, WA.

The submariners in HMAS Rankin have completed a month-long adventure training exercise that took them from Kalamunda to Albany, in Western Australia, and also raised money for a very worthy cause.