Veterans’ Health Week 2016 – Social Connection

Friday, October 21 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
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The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has encouraged serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and members of the ex-service community to take part in Veterans’ Health Week between 22 and 30 October.

Mr Tehan said the theme for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week was social connection through activities across Australia that promote a healthy lifestyle.

More than 300 events and activities are planned for Veterans’ Health Week, including family fun days, cooking competitions, mental health first aid sessions, fitness challenges, health expos, community walks and BBQs.

“I encourage all veterans, ADF members and their families to take part in a local event, meet new people who share a common experience and build relationships,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Government is committed to supporting the mental and physical health of our veterans. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has a range of programs in place to promote the health and wellbeing of the veteran community. These programs cover mental and physical health and can be accessed through the DVA website ( or the At-Ease portal (”

To find out more about Veterans’ Health Week, including information on local and Australia-wide events, visit

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.