Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

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.

Newcastle stays connected with mental health

Published on by MIDN Samuel Hicks (author and photographer)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War. (photo: MIDN Samuel Hicks)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War.

HMAS Newcastle’s recent visit to HMAS Stirling was an opportunity for ship's company to discuss the importance of good mental health to maintain the ability to fight and win at sea on a dedicated Mental Health Day.

Navy members looking out for each other and themselves

Published on by Mrs Sara Tennant (author), Ms Elise Willamson (photographer)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards. (photo: Elise Willamson)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards.

As Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett called on all Navy members to “look out for each other and themselves” on ADF Mental Health Day, Navy Reservist and mental health professional, Commander Steve Dunning has reminded members of the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability - its people, during a recent workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.

'Staying connected' is key to building good mental health

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Debra Holland (author)

ADF Mental Health Day 'Staying Connected' video. (photo: N/A)

ADF Mental Health Day 'Staying Connected' video.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has called on all Navy members to “look out for each other and themselves” on ADF Mental Health Day 10 October.

HMAS Harman focuses on welfare and wellbeing

Published on by WO Graeme Gibney (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues.

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation.

Men’s Health Week: the challenges of keeping fit at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Petty Officer Physical Trainer Rhoderick Hunter conducts a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Choules, at Fleet Base East, NSW (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Petty Officer Physical Trainer Rhoderick Hunter conducts a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Choules, at Fleet Base East, NSW

Life at sea in the Navy can be challenging and achieving the simplest tasks can be a difficult undertaking, not the least of all keeping fit and healthy. Men’s Health Week presents an excellent opportunity to look at how the men and women of the Navy maintain fitness at sea.

Sirius supports Beyond Blue

Published on by LEUT Mark Taylor (author), LEUT Timothy Milas (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Russell and Leading Seaman Daniel Taylor present a $2000 donation from HMAS Sirius to Susan Anderson from Beyond Blue. (photo: LEUT Timothy Milas)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Russell and Leading Seaman Daniel Taylor present a $2000 donation from HMAS Sirius to Susan Anderson from Beyond Blue.

HMAS Sirius hosted a representative from Beyond Blue and the mental health staff from HMAS Stirling onboard in April, to donate a fundraising cheque for $2000 dollars, share a BBQ and have a general meet and greet.