Remembrance Day 2021
Hornsby RSL sub-Branch will commemorate Remembrance Day on 11 November at the Hornsby Cenotaph at 11am. Members and veterans are invited to attend.
Some Covid restrictions may apply and these will be advised closer to the date.
Veterans Health Week Activities16-24 October 2021
Supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans, Get Moving (physical activity) will be the key focus for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 16 October to 24 October 2021. To that end, the following activities may be of interest to veterans in the Hornsby area.
This Veterans’ Health Week 16-24 October, RSL Australia is working with Veteran Sport Australia and Open Arms to encourage members to register in ‘Team Veteran’ at a local Parkrun. It’s a great way for veterans and their families to connect with the wider veteran community each week.
Once you’ve registered, head over to this Open Arms page to claim your ‘Team Veteran’ t-shirt and proudly wear the RSL logo.
Hornsby Shire Council has agreed for the Shire's two Aquatic Pools, located at Hornsby and Galston, NSW to be open during Veterans Health Week to all Veterans Free of Charge that process DVA card and proof of residency in Hornsby shire, The use of pool facilities during VHW 16th to 24th of October has the support by Council and it is hoped that many veterans within our community will take advantage of this opportunity.
It is recommended that veterans look up Hornsby and Galston Aquatic Centre online or phone facility and review Aquatic Centres COVID Safe Plan. All veterans attending to be fully vaccinated.
Please see the attached brochure for eligibility requirements.
DVA 12 Month Free Health and Fitness Program for Returned Veterans & Peacekeepers & those covered by the ADF Firefighters Scheme
Did you know the DVA provides a free 12-month health and fitness program that can be delivered to returned Veterans and peacekeepers with operational service and those covered by the ADF firefighters scheme anywhere in the country. The program is flexible and able to accommodate participants living in metropolitan areas, regional or remote areas, those still working or retired, studying or with other time constraints. Run on behalf of the DVA by Corporate Health Management the program aims to help you increase your physical health and wellbeing through practical exercise support and 12 months of health coaching and advice on healthy lifestyle choices provided by one of our team of highly qualified allied health professionals.
Am I eligible?
Started 20 years ago for those returned from Vietnam, the Heart Health Program is free and now open to all returned veterans and peacekeepers with operational service and those covered by the ADF Firefighters Scheme who have not previously done the Heart Health Program before. To check your eligibility visit http://www.veteranshearthealth.com.au/eligibility/
Individual Heart Health Program – How it works
Each participant receives 12 months of healthy lifestyle coaching from a highly qualified and dedicated allied health professional via fortnightly health coaching calls with information and advice tailored to each individuals health and fitness goals. The health coach will use their extensive knowledge along with health surveys and food diaries to guide you through the program. The program covers a range of topics including:
· setting healthy goals
· nutrition and diet advice
· advice on lowering alcohol consumption
· developing better sleep patterns
· stress management
· managing diabetes
· taking care of your body
· managing your weight
· and maintaining a healthy heart
Program Exercise Resource – Exercise how you like to
The program can provide an exercise resource to help participants to exercise the way they like to or provide an opportunity to try something that’s different than the usual. Resources can take the form of:
Registering Your Interest
Registering your interest or checking eligibility is easy. Simply visit http://www.veteranshearthealth.com.au/eligibility/ and follow the steps. Or please call the program phone number 1300 246 262 at any time to speak to one of our team.
Heart Health Team - DVA Heart Health Program
Mental Health First Aid Course 23 & 24 Oct 21
The Hornsby RSL sub-Branch in conjunction with the Veterans Well Being Centre-Hornsby is running a Mental Health First Aid Course on the 23 & 24 Oct 21. The course is free and the venue is the Anzac War Memorial at Hyde Park. Full catering is provided for both days and the dress is casual. Attendees will need to be double Vaxed and provide proof.
The course is open to all Veterans and their partners. If you wish to attend please respond via email to our President, George Main.
Changes to meeting dates for the remainder of 2021
Even though we are starting to emerge from COVID lockdown, public health restrictions over the next two months have meant that the following changes must be made to the our General sub-Branch meetings for the next two months:
Hopefully, more normal arrangements can resume in 2022.
Army Museum Victoria Barracks Paddington
Members may be interested in this newsletter from the Army Museum Victoria Barracks Paddington
The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly to the point where the Taliban has again seized power in that country. RSL Australia is concerned that those who served in that theatre over the past 20 years will be feeling significant frustration and disappointment at this turn of events. Our sub-Branch is able to assist veterans who may be struggling with a range of emotions at this time. In the event that you, or someone you know, need immediate mental health support, you can contact:
• Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
• Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
• Open Arms (current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families are able to seek this free and confidential support) – 1800 011 046
• ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line (for current serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 628 036.
• Safe Zone Support (for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 142 072. When you call Safe Zone Support, you do not need to identify yourself if you do not want to.
DVA Expansion of Face to Face Services
Hornsby sub-Branch has received the following information from RSL NSW. The message is reproduced in full for the information of readers.
RSL NSW has received advice from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) that its service delivery to veterans and their families has been expanded.
Veterans and their families can now access face-to-face DVA services at 318 Services Australia service centres across Australia. You can find your closest centre by following this link.
All Services Australia staff will undertake mandatory training to ensure they can provide the support that veterans and their families are looking for.
The expanded service offering will not impact the services and support currently provided through the DVA’s Veterans Access Network.
Another welcome part of the service expansion is that Services Australia will actively recognise and promote significant national commemorations such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
It is intended that these changes will enable easier access to DVA services, in particular for those living in rural and regional areas and are an important expansion of the DVA footprint to reach the veteran community. Veterans and their families will be able to walk into any Services Australia shopfront and receive assistance.
Impact of COVID-19
Please bear in mind that depending on your location, the NSW Government’s current COVID-19 restrictions may limit the availability of face-to-face services provided by Services Australia and DVA.
Did you know that our partner charity RSL DefenceCare provides free, specialist assistance with submitting claims to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or appealing rejected claims.
RSL DefenceCare claims and advocacy specialists can help veterans to achieve the best possible result with their DVA claim including advocating on their behalf at the Veterans’ Review Board.
Click here to find out more or call 02 8088 0388.
Coffee Club meetings
The schedule for Coffee Club meetings in 2022 will be uploaded shortly
Phillip Chin Quan Interview
As part of the 2021 ANZAC Day commemorations, SBS published a feature on the experiences of one of our members, Phillip Chin Quan during his time in Vietnam and his subsequent struggles with PTSD. Interested members can find the feature at SBS feature - Phillip Chin Quan
News from Borneo
Members may be interested to read the attached newsletter from Lynette Silver. Lynette has been instrumental in documenting and raising awareness of the Sandakan Death Marches in 1945 . Almost all of the 2434 prisoners incarcerated at Sandakan, 1787 Australian and 641 British, perished during the forced during forced marches across Borneo. Only six Australians who had managed to escape survived the ordeal.