House debates

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Statements by Members

Veterans' Health Week

1:53 pm

Photo of Melissa McIntoshMelissa McIntosh (Lindsay, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

This week is Veterans' Health Week. It's an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of the health and wellbeing of veterans, current serving personnel and their families. In a year that has challenged us all, with many feeling isolated from friends and family, maintaining social connection is such an important part of our mental health and wellbeing. That's why the theme of this year's Veterans' Health Week is social connection. There's a range of events locally across Australia to support veterans and their families and maintain that vital social connection.

In Lindsay this morning the St Marys RSL sub branch hosted a morning tea for local veterans to catch up and share the important messages of Veterans' Health Week. The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia's St Marys outpost is hosting a lunch on Thursday and a morning tea on Saturday, giving local Vietnam veterans a chance to reconnect. There are over 300 events happening across Australia, both in person and online, and I encourage our local veterans to get involved. I'd like to thank all the organisations for their hard work all year round to support our veterans, but particularly for hosting Veterans' Health Week events this year. You can find the full list of Veterans' Health Week events at or by calling 1800VETERAN.