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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013
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ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT APP ‘ON TRACK’ TO DELIVER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a new and improved version of the ON TRACK with The Right Mix mobile phone application, which is now available for download.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) ON TRACK mobile app currently lets you keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you; and lets you know about that impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness.

“With the update, users will be able to graph the data being collected – providing a visual representation of the impact of one’s drinking behaviour over time.  Users will also have the ability to send data to their health clinician, enabling the app to be more easily used in conjunction with treatment,” Senator Ronaldson said.

DVA has also expanded the options to track how much exercise is required to burn off the alcohol kilojoules consumed. 

Since being released in March 2013, the app has been downloaded around 3000 times.  Current users of the app will receive a notification to download the update.

The updated version will also include a feedback feature which allows users to provide feedback to DVA on how they use the app.

“We are evolving ON TRACK to meet user needs as we learn more about what users want, what works and what doesn’t.

“This updated app will further assist veterans and Australian Defence Force members to better understand how their drinking habits affect their fitness and wellbeing,” Senator Ronaldson said.

ON TRACK with The Right Mix was developed by DVA in consultation with the ADF and the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).  It can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) or at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au

Note: Some features of this app may not be accessible on earlier model Android phones.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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