Kicking off on 16 October, more than 720 events that focus on veteran well-being are set to take place across the country for our biggest Veterans’ Health Week yet.
The Australian Government has provided a record $540,000 in funding for Veterans’ Health Week, which will see activities continue until the end of November and deliver a range of events that focus on the overall health of veterans and their families.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said this year’s theme, Get Moving, will promote physical health and encourage veterans and their families to stay active.
“I’m delighted that this year’s Veterans’ Health Week is the biggest yet, with ex-service organisations and community groups coming together to host more than 720 events around the country,” Minister Gee said.
“Veterans and their families and friends can take part in as many activities as they like and there are plenty of options on offer, so I encourage everyone to check out what’s on and get moving!”
Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said veterans in regional Victoria can get involved in several events happening for Veterans’ Health Week.
“This year’s focus on physical activity offers a fantastic opportunity for veterans to make new connections with other veterans and their families while having some fun in the process,” Senator McKenzie said.
“I encourage all our local veterans, current serving personnel, and their families to check out what events are happening in the area, or online, and put your hand up to participate. You can take part in activities like the Beechworth RSL’s veterans gorge walk or the Ballarat Legacy Veterans Health Week 2021 Luncheon for example.”
For more information on attending a Veterans’ Health Week event, including a list of activities near you, visit the DVA website dva.gov.au/vhw, call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.