Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Every week is Mental Health week at HMAS Moreton

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members from HMAS Moreton ship's company during a Bouldering session. (photo: Unknown)

Members from HMAS Moreton ship's company during a Bouldering session.

For HMAS Moreton regularly checking in on one another’s mental health is par for the course of the weekly routine.

Dogs have their day

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Ship’s company and family members from HMAS Moreton at the Blessing of the Animals service. (photo: )

Ship’s company and family members from HMAS Moreton at the Blessing of the Animals service.

HMAS Moreton’s ship’s company and their four-legged friends joined together alongside the Brisbane River as Chaplain Stephen Briggs blessed the members' beloved pets.

Range of services to maintain mental health

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Regional Mental Health Manager ADF Centre for Mental Health, Mr Paul Blakley and Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith in front of the Blue Tree erected at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Regional Mental Health Manager ADF Centre for Mental Health, Mr Paul Blakley and Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith in front of the Blue Tree erected at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day and serves as a reminder of the many mental health services available to Australian Defence Force members.

Relay for Lockdown

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Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Robert Pope checking the times during the ‘Relay for Lockdown’ fitness challenge  at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Robert Pope checking the times during the ‘Relay for Lockdown’ fitness challenge at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Embracing the use of available technology has assisted the Sport and Recreation team at HMAS Cerberus, to plan and hold specific events in a COVID-safe and socially distanced environment.

Selfless act - a sign of brotherly love

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

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Joseph French with his older brother Tom at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Joseph French with his older brother Tom at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

For a long time, Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Joseph French and knew that his brother Thomas would one day require a kidney transplant, he just didn’t know when that day would come.

Chaplains in support of R U OK? Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Senior Chaplain Paul Stuart, left, and Chaplain Jon-Paul Barry cook up a storm on the barbeque to support Defence members for R U OK?Day at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Senior Chaplain Paul Stuart, left, and Chaplain Jon-Paul Barry cook up a storm on the barbeque to support Defence members for R U OK?Day at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

There was a little bit of drizzle and plenty of sizzle as HMAS Kuttabul Chaplains manned the barbeques in support of R U OK?Day, which was held nationally on 10 September 2020.

Personnel Support Unit keeping people in focus

Published on by SBLT Gordon Carr-Gregg (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Officer-in-Charge Personnel Support Unit - ACT Lieutenant Commander Christine Hillam at HMAS Harman. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Officer-in-Charge Personnel Support Unit - ACT Lieutenant Commander Christine Hillam at HMAS Harman.

For six years, Lieutenant Commander Christine Hillam has provided specialist support to countless Navy members in and around the ACT from an out-of-the way, nondescript office aboard HMAS Harman.

Kuttabul PTIs find new ways to keep Navy fit to fight

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Instructor Ben Springer ensures Royal Australian Navy Sailors maintain their fitness to RAN standards, at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Instructor Ben Springer ensures Royal Australian Navy Sailors maintain their fitness to RAN standards, at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

With gyms across the country closed for months, including at Navy establishments, the Physical Training Instructors at HMAS Kuttabul had to get creative to address the demand for alternative exercise options.

Supporting Navy families through deployment

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Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA.

While usually rewarding for members, deployments and other absences can be a stressful and challenging time for some families. Defence Community Organisation has developed a new webinar series for members and their families called ‘Deployment: embracing the challenge’.

Pushing for better mental health

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Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Anthea Baczkowski, a Dental Officer from HMAS Moreton, participates in the Push-Up Challenge held at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Anthea Baczkowski, a Dental Officer from HMAS Moreton, participates in the Push-Up Challenge held at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland.

COVID-19 restrictions didn’t stop Defence Force personnel from bases across South East Queensland taking part in the Push-Up Challenge to raise awareness about mental health during May.