Sup­port­ing vet­er­ans

Central Queensland News - - LIFE -

AS WE head into a new year, we want to re­mind Aus­tralian vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies that there is sup­port avail­able if they need it.

At Mates4Mates we pro­vide sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to any cur­rent and ex-serv­ing De­fence Force mem­bers with phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal in­juries, and their fam­i­lies.

Whether you need sup­port or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for a phys­i­cal in­jury, or you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion or post-trau­matic stress, it’s im­por­tant to know that you don’t have to go through it alone.

We of­fer psy­chol­ogy ap­point­ments at our Fam­ily Re­cov­ery Cen­tres or via phone, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ad­ven­tures or ses­sions with an ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist, em­ploy­ment sup­port, and so­cial con­nec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

We know that vet­er­ans can face a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges as they tran­si­tion to civil­ian life, and we’re here to make that tran­si­tion a lit­tle eas­ier.

In 2018, we fa­cil­i­tated 4175 psy­chol­ogy ap­point­ments, pro­vided 13,892 phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and well-be­ing con­tacts, and fos­tered 8062 so­cial con­nec­tion con­tacts.

If you need sup­port, pri­ori­tise your health and well-be­ing and get in touch on 1300 4 MATES or visit

Troy Wat­son, Mates4Mates Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer is call­ing on all Aus­tralians to ovary-act by host­ing a Paint the Town Teal fundrais­ing event in sup­port of Fe­bru­ary’s Ovar­ian Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

Reg­is­ter­ing your Paint the Town Teal event at www.paint­thetown­teal Aus­tralians can also raise funds and show their sup­port by wear­ing a teal rib­bon through­out Fe­bru­ary, par­tic­u­larly on Teal Rib­bon Day, Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 27.

Teal rib­bons are avail­able for $3 from Ter­ryWhite Chem­mart phar­ma­cies and Black Pep­per stores na­tion­ally, as well as from Ovar­ian Can­cer Aus­tralia at www.ovari­an­

Jane Hill, Ovar­ian Can­cer Aus­tralia

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

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