ACTIVE MINDS & Clubs

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Day Clubs

Day Clubs provide opportunities for the aged, the isolated, people with disabilities, carers and volunteers, to develop and maintain social contact outside the home through activities such as games, sports, fitness, information sessions and arts and crafts.

Day Clubs provide opportunities for the aged, the isolated, people with disabilities, carers and volunteers, to develop and maintain social contact outside the home through activities such as games, sports, fitness, information sessions and arts and crafts.

Physical Therapist
Disabled Athletes Playing Basketball
Kids Running
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Check the list of organisations in your State that may provide a club, social centre, activity or event near you

Mindfulness

Mindfulness & Pain

Free Yoga Online

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Take time to view this video created by the US Veteran Affairs (It may not be an Australian video but it has some Veterans insight & perspective that may assist you make a choice) https://youtu.be/3VYPwgi8zrw

Links further below: Meditation and Mindfulness may be seen by many as boring and pointless or it can be appreciated as supportive and relaxing for healing. Mindfulness may assist you to learn to be aware of your surroundings and appreciate each moment as it happens or it may have an opposite effect. It is your choice.

Here are some APPS that you may wish to use, (no 3rd party gimmicks or marketing to make money from you or DVA):

 

Smiling Mind is a free app.  http://smilingmind.com.au/   Smiling Mind is an Australian mindfulness meditation app. It was created as a non-profit initiative to improve the lives of Australians through increasing clarity, calm and contentment and reducing stress via mindfulness instruction and encouragement.

Headspace https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Headspace users can start out with a free 10-day mindfulness meditation program known as ‘Take 10,’ and then begin a paid subscription if interested in more content.

 

CALM   https://www.calm.com/ The app can be downloaded for free with plenty of content, including more than 20 soothing audio/visual nature backgrounds, trackable timed sessions and free guided meditations, such as the 7 Days of Calm series and a meditation for easing tension and a body scan.

 

Mindfulness Meditation Jason Stephenson An Australian guided sleep meditation for Veterans PTSD (YouTube session). The sleep meditation has been aimed for returned soldiers' support to help with sleep and healing.  More meditation and Mindfulness links here Jason Stephenson - Sleep Meditation Music – YouTube and https://www.facebook.com/JasonStephensonMeditation

 

Insight Timer https://insighttimer.com/meditation-topics  is the worlds largest free meditation app with 19 million meditators and over 130,000 free tracks

 

Stop, Breath and Think app — ReachOut.com is suitable for young people wishing to manage anxiety through controlled breathing.

Please consider the below links as some programs may require referrals

Health Programs

DVA delivered Programs

Australian Dept of Defence Listed Programs

Physiotherapist search near you

You may need a referral from your doctor.

Occupational Therapists for Veterans

You may need a referral from your doctor.

In the link - change the Funding Scheme

search to:  Dept of Veteran Affairs

Exercise Physiology Programs 

Practitioner search near you

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.Ahpra keeps a list of every health practitioner who is registered to practise in Australia in the professions below:   The list is called the ‘Register of practitioners’. When a health practitioner’s name appears on the list, you know that they are allowed to practise. Sometimes a registered practitioner has a type of registration or conditions that limit what they can do. This information is also published on the list. 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice

  • Chinese Medicine

  • Chiropractic

  • Dental practice

  • Medical practice (doctors)

  • Medical radiation practice

  • Nursing

  • Midwifery

  • Occupational therapy

  • Optometry

  • Osteopathy

  • Paramedicine

  • Pharmacy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Podiatry

  • Psychology

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Veterans and their families are encouraged to access DVA’s website to learn more about DVA's funded health services.

Veterans and families should take care of any  3rd party advertisements and request for personal information prior to disclosing their services.