Veterans' Health Week 2021

Supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this year’s Veterans’ Health Week being held from 16 October to 24 October 2021. Events will also be held throughout the month to ensure there are multiple opportunities for the veteran community to take part.

Physical activity is an important contributor to emotional, mental and physical well-being. Veterans’ Health Week is a great opportunity for veterans and their families to get active and participate in events being run by the local working group.

If you want to find out more about these events, or to confirm your attendance, get in touch with the event organisers. Some activities may have limited places, so make sure you RSVP to secure a place.

Events

Time Event titleHost Contact details
Saturday 2 October
9am to 10:30am Darwin Waterfront Obstacle Course Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
Monday 4 October
9am to 1pm Activity - mini golf, archery and driving range plus BBQ lunch Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 5 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 6 October
5pm to 7pm Sailing evening Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Thursday 7 October
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Friday 8 October
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament round 1 Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
4pm to 7pm Family fun day - Top End Multi Sport Larrakeyah Family Group Charne Saunders
Phone: 0447 586 591
Saturday 9 October
9am Neuron scooter CBD treasure hunt and drink / snake - Darwin CBD and Mad Snake Café Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
2pm to 6pm Paddle boarding - Darwin Harbour Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Monday 11 October
8am to 10pm Hiking day, 5km and breakfast - Stokes Hill around CBD Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 12 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
  Learn to dance - 13/1 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove Rix Kix Samantha Maloney
Phone: 0490 151 944
Wednesday 13 October
5pm to 7pm Sailing evening Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
5pm to 8pm Clay target shooting - Marrara Sporting Complex Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Thursday 14 October
9:30am Paddleboards and BBQ - Lake Alexander Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
10am to 6pm Fishing charter - Darwin Harbour Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Friday 15 October
7am to 9am Friday foreshore walk and breakfast - Nightcliff Foreshore Cafe Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament round 2 Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Saturday 16 October
8am to 12noon Kayaking - Nitmuluk Gorge Network Tindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
9am to 10:30am Darwin Waterfront obstacle course Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
12:30pm 007 jet ski assignment - Stokes Hill Wharf Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
  DRA step challenge - virtual event Disaster Relief Australia Lee Dalzell
Sunday 17 October
10am Family sports day and BBQ - Berry Springs Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
9am to 12noon Horseriding Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Monday 18 October
9am to 1pm Flight path activity - mini golf, archery and driving range plus lunch Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
Tuesday 19 October
7am Yoga and bacon and egg breakfast Mates4Mates Jan Peters
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 20 October
10am Lawn Bowls - Nightcliff Sports Club RSL Darwin Dan Tellam
Phone: 0439 659 382
9am to 12noon Coffee making course - Mad About Coffee, Parap Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Thursday 21 October
10am to 2pm Water fun day (kayaking and paddleboards) and family picnic - Lake Bennett Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
Friday 22 October
1pm BBQ lunch and table tennis tournament final Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 7:30pm Family skate night Network Kindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
5:30pm Lawn Bowls - Nightcliff Sports Club RSL Darwin Dan Tellam
Phone: 0439 659 382
  Resin workshop Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Saturday 23 October
9:30am Mahjong taining and family champions playoff - Made Snake Café Council of Australian Veterans Samantha Snell
Phone: 0412 603 140
11:30am Exercise mud skipper - Stokes Hill Wharf Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0431 992 451
8am to 12noon Kayaking - Nitmuluk Gorge Network Tindal Sarah Loftus
Phone: 0407 666 376
9am to 12noon Coffee making course - Mad About Coffee, Parap Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
  Mountain biking in Darwin Darwin Off Road Cyclists Jo Fox
Phone: 0439 889 442
Sunday 24 October
10am to 12noon All ages yoga - Lyons Community Centre Veterans Australia NT Sue McCallum
Phone: 0414 511 952
Tuesday 26 October
9am Coffee catch-up and breakfast Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
Wednesday 27 October
5:30pm to 7pm Childrens circus and movement workshop Soldier On Kristine Rushforth
Tel: 0408 542 294
Thursday 28 October
  Half-day Blue Waters fishing charter Mates4Mates Jack Smith
Phone: 1300 462 837
4:30pm to 5:30pm Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Reeling Veterans Michael Hurren
Phone: 0458 014 507
Sunday 31 October
8am to 1pm ATV tours - Batchelor Mates4Mates Chris Mayes
Phone: 1300 462 837

The department is proud to support Veterans' Health Week 2021.

Veterans and family support

If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call:

  • Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else
  • Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046
  • Safe Zone Support, free anonymous counselling line on 1800 142 072
  • Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608
  • ADF mental health all-hours support line on 1800 628 036
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14
  • 1800RESPECT, National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732.

You can also find links to additional support on the Australian Government's Department of Veterans' Affairs website.


Last updated: 07 October 2021

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