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Rehab@DVA — Vol. 4 No. 3 — September 2018

Rehab@DVA is a newsletter that provides information and updates for providers of rehabilitation services. For previous editions, see rehabilitation service providers.

Australian Coat of Arms. Reads: An Australian Government Initiative. Logo: "Veterans' Health Week" with four cubes/dice, each with an image of lifestyle activities, for exercies, food, communication and self-care.

Veterans' Health Week

From 22 to 30 September, community groups and ex-service organisations will be conducting a range of Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) events across Australia.

The events support this year’s theme of 'Nutrition'.

There is a range of events to choose from including cooking classes, talks by specialists on nutrition and visits to community gardens to learn about the importance of nutrition while enjoying new and delicious foods.

The goal of VHW 2018 is to help veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families, to eat better and smarter.

To find an event in your state or territory visit Veterans’ Health Week.

See also: Recipe cards

Helping veterans to get fitter, healthier and happier

Logo for Heart Health with the silhouette of a man jumping, arms and legs out, like an angled star jump.The Heart Health Program aims to help clients increase their physical health and wellbeing through practical exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management support. 

Eligible clients can sign up to a free program which is offered over 52 weeks as either a group or as an individual program.

The program covers a range of topics include:

  • setting healthy goals
  • physical activity
  • back care
  • stress management
  • nutrition and healthy eating
  • chronic conditions
  • quitting smoking
  • responsible alcohol consumption

For more information and to register for the programme clients can visit the Heart Health Program on the DVA website.

The Practitioner Support Service

Reads: A Phoenix Australia Initiative, Centenary of Anzac Centre, Practitioner Support ServiceThe Practitioner Support Service is a free, nation-wide, service providing expert multidisciplinary support and guidance to health practitioners and others working with Australian veterans with mental health problems.

This service provides access to free consultations with veteran mental health experts, online practitioner resources, professional development and networking opportunities for those supporting veterans. 

Through a flexible delivery mode, this service aims to ensure that support is made available to practitioners all around Australia, including those in rural and remote areas.

Photo of a lady, sitting in front of her computer with her fingers on the keyboard. Overlay reads: Practitioner ResourcesPractitioner resources include a range links to further information on:

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