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Veterans' Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) this year will be held from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2016.

This year's theme is Social Connection.

The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.

DVA will be partnering with Ex-service organizations’ (ESOs) and community groups to develop a program of fun and interactive events and activities at a local level.

Events and activities

As we get nearer to VHW 2016, information will be provided about events and activities in your State or Territory.

DVA provides some funding support for events and activities held for VHW. Details are included in the Information Resource Kit (below) and the Application for VHW 2016 Event with Funding (if required). Please note, the Information Resource Kit and Application for event with funding form have been updated as at 15 July 2016. If required, DVA will consider funding requests for catering.

The following are resources to assist event organsiers in planning events and activities during VHW.

VHW Posters & Logo

How can I get involved?

DVA encourages a range of organisations, including ESOs, Day Clubs, Men’s Health Peer Education volunteers and community groups to organise activities throughout VHW. As an individual, you can either encourage organisations you are involved with to organise a VHW event, or you can take the lead in organising a VHW event yourself.

Canvas friends, family and acquaintances to assist and come along to events planned in your local area and take part in the fun. Note that all members of the veteran and service communities, their friends, carers and families are encouraged to participate. This year DVA is hoping that members of the veteran community will make a special effort to come along with friends, family and acquaintances who don’t normally get involved in veteran activities.

Where can I go for more information?

For more information call 133 254 or, for Regional callers: 1800 555 254 and ask to speak with your nearest Veterans’ Access Network office or contact the VHW team via e-mail to: vhw@dva.gov.au

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