Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
For HMAS Creswell’s Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Amy Vickers supporting her teammates is an integral part of her job, but a recent experience has given her an opportunity to reflect on how far Navy has come in supporting those with stress-related illnesses.
HMAS Kuttabul is driving a team sport and physical fitness focus with the introduction of dragon boating, gladiator games, sea kayaking and lunch-time fitness classes at the Sydney Navy base.
HMAS Choules outclassed a swag of other Navy sides to win the annual Patrons Cup Rugby League Competition in late July at Cronulla Sharks League Club in Sydney.
It is said that there are no atheists in fox holes, but for many Navy members their spiritual side can be neglected in the pace of service life. That said for the National Day of Prayer for Defence, some Navy Chaplains joined forces to pray for Defence members and their families as a reminder to acknowledge the sacrifices service can require.
Warrant Officer Shane Rosetto and his wife, Una, believe the transition back to civilian life is a family affair, and with that in mind they have both already attended an Australian Defence Force Transition Seminar in Nowra, New South Wales.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, was among many Defence personnel to mark Defence Mental Health Month by leading by example and making a public personal mental health promise.
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.
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.
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’.
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.