Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Blue Tree Project - a Stirling initiative for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA.

Garden Island, WA is not only home to Navy’s largest base, HMAS Stirling, but also to unique fauna and flora - including a variety of tree that stands out from the rest, mainly because of its bright blue paint.

Island running tracks offer something for everyone

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval.

HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West personnel may have noticed a number of unusual marker posts with various coloured geometric shapes popping up around Garden Island recently and wondered just what they are.

Ride another day: mitigating motorcycle risk in Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Kate Johnstone stands by her motorcycle at the Australian Defence Force Motorcycle Rider Safety training program held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Kate Johnstone stands by her motorcycle at the Australian Defence Force Motorcycle Rider Safety training program held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW.

Between 2006 and 2016, there were around 530 reported motorcycle vehicle accidents involving Australian Defence Force Personnel which resulted in minor to serious injuries. The statistics also recorded at least one fatality per year.

Getting work-life balance right at the hub of Navy aviation

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Fiona Sneath; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Braedon McGuinness; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Kyle McPherson; and Executive Officer HMAS Albatross Commander David Hutchinson at the opening ceremony of the Sea Monkey Garage. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Fiona Sneath; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Braedon McGuinness; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Kyle McPherson; and Executive Officer HMAS Albatross Commander David Hutchinson at the opening ceremony of the Sea Monkey Garage.

Two exciting new work-life balance initiatives have recently been launched at HMAS Albatross - The Sea Monkey Garage and the Chief Petty Officer Kane Vandenberg Memorial Mountain Bike and Running Trail are already proving popular with members.

Christmas message from the Navy’s Principal Chaplain

Published on by PCHA Collin Acton (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: )

File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Christmas is almost upon us. Whether religious or not, we can all agree that this is time, in our otherwise busy year, to take stock of what’s important for our wellbeing.

Navy officer takes command of Joint Health

Published on by Mrs Claudia Henry (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra.

The dual role of Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and Commander Joint Health was formally handed over to Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey from Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart on 4 December.

Fighting fit to take on the New York Marathon

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Tavis Knack (author), CPOML-SC Kathryn Holmes (photographer), ABML-S Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer)

L-R: Leading Seaman Jarryd Boyd; Chief Petty Officer Raechelle Henderson; Sub Lieutenant Savanna Schimmel; CPO Jeremy Pitchford; Lieutenant Commander Tavis Knack and Petty Officer Neale Merrick from HMAS Brisbane alongside San Diego Naval Base prior to the 2019 New York Marathon. (photo: ABML-S Sittichai Sakonpoonpol)

L-R: Leading Seaman Jarryd Boyd; Chief Petty Officer Raechelle Henderson; Sub Lieutenant Savanna Schimmel; CPO Jeremy Pitchford; Lieutenant Commander Tavis Knack and Petty Officer Neale Merrick from HMAS Brisbane alongside San Diego Naval Base prior to the 2019 New York Marathon.

Following a highly successful Combat System Sea Qualification Trial period HMAS Brisbane Officers and Sailors took on a very different fight along the famous streets of New York City.

Navy-themed New Testament launched in Sydney

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), SIG Robert Whitmore (photographer)

Brand new copies of the Royal Australian Navy's DPNU bible sit ready for distribution, onboard HMAS Canberra at the Garden Island Defence Precinct, 11 October 2019. (photo: SIG Robert Whitmore)

Brand new copies of the Royal Australian Navy's DPNU bible sit ready for distribution, onboard HMAS Canberra at the Garden Island Defence Precinct, 11 October 2019.

A Navy-themed edition of the New Testament has been launched aboard HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East in Sydney, making it easy for officers and sailors of faith to take the Bible to sea.

Navy gets dirty for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Reuben Sugars (author), SBLT Harry Joseland (photographer)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done. (photo: SBLT Harry Joseland)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done.

Fifteen personnel from HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty braved a course of mud and obstacles in stormy weather to raise funds for Beyond Blue on Sunday 20 October.

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.