About Victorian MHPE
Currently, there are 22 volunteers throughout Victoria. The DVA MHPE VIC team and the MHPE VIC State Volunteer Representatives, provide support and assistance to the VIC MHPE volunteers.
About the MHPE Volunteers
The Victorian volunteers provide peer to peer support to veterans and other men to encourage men to look after their health.
- Deliver health presentations to veteran community groups, ex-service organisations,
- Distribute health information to the veteran community,
- Get involved in Veterans’ Health Week activities,
- Distribute the National MHPE magazine,
- Promote the MHPE Program.
Volunteer training in Victoria
As part of the support offered to MHPE volunteers, DVA provides initial training for 3 days as well as refresher training each year called recall training. Recall training gives volunteers new information about health and provides networking opportunities.
For more information or to become a MHPE volunteer please contact the team at MHPE VIC or contact the MHPE VIC Coordinator on 03 9284 6682
Gary Treeve, a Vietnam veteran, has been involved in the program since the beginning and was part of the first training group in Vic in 2001. Currently Gary is the Regional Volunteer Representative. Gary continually promotes Health and wellbeing in the Wodonga region. Gary is involved in the Murray Border Association Vietnam Veterans. Gary has many opportunities to educate the veteran community, recently he was invited onto the military base at Latchford Barracks and gave a presentation to 50 soldiers regarding Prostate Cancer. Gary enjoys keeping fit and attends many exercise classes during the week.
Alan White, also a Vietnam veteran, has been involved in the program since the beginning and was part of the first training group in Vic in 2001. Currently Alan is the Metropolitan Volunteer Representative. Alan is a Committee member with the RAAF Vietnam Veterans' Association and a Board member of the RAAF Association (Vic).
Alan states the following:
"Keeping fit healthy and active is a priority for me; with walking, bike riding and swimming. I’m lucky to live fifteen minutes from the beach, so for me a dip in the bay is a great start to my day. Leading by example is a good way to demonstrate health and wellness when talking to groups. This also means having balance in my life; getting out to socialize by meeting friends for coffee, movies and allowing myself to have time out. Relaxing can be difficult, but Im working on it!"
Who to contact
For enquiries about the VIC MHPE program, contact DVA VIC MHPE Coordinator.
If you would like to speak to a Victorian volunteer, contact the VIC MHPE Volunteer Representatives below:
VIC MHPE Regional Volunteer Representative
Phone: (02) 60592765
Mobile: 0407 480 201
VIC MHPE Metro Volunteer Representative
Mobile: 0407 617 800