Men’s Health Peer Education in National Volunteer Week

May is a special time for our Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) volunteers as it is the month to celebrate National Volunteer Week (17–23 May 2021).

This year, MHPE had a total of 46 volunteers receive a lapel badge, certificate and letter signed by the Repatriation Commissioner Don Spinks AM, in recognition of their commitment to the MHPE program.

MHPE reached a milestone this year, attaining 20 years as an ongoing program, whose volunteers do wonderful work in the community, encouraging veterans to improve their health and wellbeing. Thirteen of the current cohort of volunteers from all over Australia were recruited when MHPE first started, and to mark this occasion, DVA had a 20–year lapel pin designed and produced to join the suite of recognition badges for 5, 10 and 15 years of volunteering.

The continued commitment and dedication of our volunteers is appreciated by both DVA and by members of the ex-service community. It is volunteers such as these who have made the MHPE program a success.

DVA would like to recognise and thank all the MHPE volunteers for their energy and commitment.

MHPE volunteer award recipients

20 years

  • Mr Gerry Bailey
  • Mr Malcolm Bush
  • Mr David Williams
  • Mr Robert Crust
  • Mr Don Donnelly
  • Mr Lindsay Muddle
  • Mr Gary Treeve
  • Mr Barry Somers
  • Mr Sean O’Mara OAM
  • Mr Peter Harvey
  • Mr Kevin Moss
  • Mr Damian Dixon OAM
  • Mr Peter Lawrence

15 years

  • Mr Bruce Reedman
  • Mrs Alison Bowman
  • Mr Syd Cooper
  • Mr Raymond Kuschert
  • Mrs Veronica Kuschert
  • Dr Roderick Bain OAM
  • Mr Keith Bleechmore
  • Mr Ron Boyce

10 years

  • Mr Ron Blanchard
  • Mr Warren Churchland
  • Mr Allan Edgar
  • Mr Robert Postlethwaite
  • Mr Graham Rice
  • Mr Steve Tulloh
  • Mr Ray Mastorgio
  • Mr John Vickary
  • Mr Geoff Whittet

5 years

  • Mr Eric Aitkins
  • Ms Judy Bartlett
  • Mr Jason Becker
  • Mr Graham Clarke
  • Mr Ian Jones
  • Mr Alastair MacKenzie
  • Mr Glenn Woodward
  • Mr Terry Byrne
  • Mr Tony Sten
  • Mr Gary Stone
  • Mr Graham Tongs
  • Mr Steven Turner
  • Mr Ian Taylor
  • Mr David Tanner
  • Mr Bernard Swales
  • Mrs Peta Richards
A group of people march down a street with banners

National Volunteer Week parade in South Australia, with 2 MHPE volunteers carrying the MHPE banners.