Veterans' Health Week (VHW) 14 - 20 October 2013
At the launch of Veterans’ Health Week in Melbourne, Alzheimer's Australia, in collaboration with Fitness Australia and DVA released a new help sheet: Physical Activity for Brain Health and Fighting Dementia. To download a copy of the help sheet, watch a YouTube video featuring Ita Buttrose or find other helpful information.
Events and Activities
Please follow the links below for events and activities in your State or Territory:
- QLD (Word 64 KB)
- NSW & ACT (Word 103 KB)
- VIC (Word 100 KB)
- TAS (Word 45 KB)
- SA (Word 64 KB)
- WA (Word 40 KB)
- NT (Word 32 KB)
Resources have been developed to assist event organisers to organise events and activities during VHW. These downloadable resources are:
- Information Resource Kit that contains the following: (PDF 272 KB) (Word 3.7 MB)
- Purpose of the Kit,
- Information on Veterans’ Health Week,
- More on this year’s theme,
- Information on funding support, planning and promotion of the week,
- Use of the Veterans’ Health Week logo,
- Guidance on photography,
- The Power of Partnerships,
- A four page Ideas Guide,
- A two page Event Planning Checklist, and
- Selection of VHW posters that can be printed in either A4 or A3 by selecting the scaling command on your printer.
- General Veterans' Health Week poster:
- VHW general poster (includes full colour, part colour, and black and white), PDF, 456 KB
- VHW general poster, full colour, Word format, 160 KB
- VHW general poster, part colour, Word format, 136 KB
- VHW general poster, black and white, Word format, 156 KB
- Fillable VHW Events poster:
- VHW Events poster (includes full colour, part colour, and black and white) PDF, 408 KB
- VHW Events poster, full colour, Word format, 160 KB
- VHW Events poster, part colour, Word format, 136 KB
- VHW Events poster, black and white, Word format, 156 KB
Other links and useful information
- Better Health Channel: The Better Health Channel was established in May 1999 by the Victoria Government. The Channel provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. The link below takes you to the Physical Activity page. The Better Health website has information on the following:
- Exercise and sport.
- Starting and staying active.
- Exercise safety.
- Indoor activities.
- Outdoor activities.
- Water related activities.
- Team activities.
- Exercise and health conditions.
- An interesting paper produced by the Mental Health Foundation in the United Kingdom for Mental Health Awareness Week 2013: The impact of physical activity on wellbeing.
- An interesting article about physical exercise in older people living in rural Australia: Barriers and motivators to exercise for older adults: A focus on those living in rural and remote areas of Australia (PDF).
Falls and Falls Prevention Information
Most falls can be prevented. A range of actions have been found to be effective in reducing falls and injuries from falls.
The DVA booklet Homefront Guide to Preventing Falls in Older People provides veterans and war widows living at home with practical information about falls and how to prevent them.
It details the causes that contribute to the risk of falling and helps you to consider the risk factors that may apply to you. You can then work through a list of practical actions you can take to minimize or modify each risk factor.
Unsteadiness in walking, slips or trips, or actual falls, are warning signs that should be discussed with your doctor. You may also seek assistance from other health professionals, such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or community nurse (for example, at a community health centre). When seeing your General Practitioner in relation to a fall or balance issue, talk with him/her about a referral to a Falls and Balance Clinic. These Clinics are in all States and Territories and most are attached to public hospitals.
Activities to prevent falls are important because they also:
- help maintain independence, and
- improve quality of life and well being.
Pages that may be particularly useful in the booklet are 7 to 10, 18 and 19, 21 to 23 and 45 to 48.
So, check out the booklet or the DVA Factsheet: Information for veterans about the provision of HomeFront – falls prevention and personal safety program (HAC04).
Where can I go for more information?
For more information on planning an event, or to find out what events may be taking place in your area, call your local Veterans' Access Network (VAN) office or contact the VHW team.