Currently, there are 14 volunteers throughout Victoria and Tasmania. The volunteers are involved in local Ex-Service Organisations and many also have other volunteering roles.
The Victorian/Tasmanian volunteers provide peer to peer support to veterans and other men in the community. The volunteers focus is on promoting health and wellbeing. The volunteers:
- Deliver health presentations to veteran community groups
- Distribute health Information to the veteran community
- Get involved in Veterans’ Health Week activities;
- Distribute the National MHPE magazine
As part of the support offered to MHPE volunteers, DVA conducts facilitated Recall Training each year. Recall Training provides volunteers with new information on health topics and networking opportunities. Volunteers receive regular updates through the MHPE National magazine and associated newsletters.
MHPE Recall Day
The Victorian Recall Day was held on 17 October 2018 at the Melbourne Office.
The Community Support team presented on a range of topics throughout the day. Topics included communicating online using the platforms available. The volunteers thoroughly enjoyed testing their knowledge of text message abbreviations and emojis.
The volunteers were presented with two nutritional topics, including the importance of mindful eating and an interactive virtual supermarket tour. Practical strategies were discussed to help reduce the risk of developing dietary related chronic diseases.
A ‘not-so-virtual supermarket tour’, was showcased to demonstrate how communicating via text messages could generate discussion about food choices.
All the volunteers presented on their involvement with their communities over the past few months.
Marty Tanzer shared his experiences on the excellent work carried out by Young Veterans Sale. The group engage with younger veterans by collaborating with local community group and Ex-Service Organisations to develop activities which focus on improving veteran’s health and wellbeing.
Veterans' Health Week
Veterans’ Health Week saw a number of our volunteers organising and participating in this year’s activities, including:
- Alan White attended the Highett and Bentleigh RSL activity, which involved a healthy food cook off.
- Marty Tanzer helped organised a number of activities, this included: a healthy luncheon, a smoothie making workshop, an online shopping tutorial and a local shopping tour.
- Gary Treeve attended the Albury RSL activity. Gary introduced the topic of Nutrition which generated some great discussion followed by the participants enjoying healthy salad and smoked meat rolls.
- Gordon Trail attended the Epworth Geelong VHW activity which consisted of the healthy ANZAC biscuit bake off between chefs at the Aged Care facility and the hospital.
Gary Treeve – MHPE Volunteer Representative
Gary Treeve, a Vietnam veteran, has been involved in the program since the beginning and was part of the first training group in Victoria in 2001. Currently Gary is the Volunteer Representative for Victoria and Tasmania. Gary supports the veteran community in the region by working with organisations such as the Albury RSL, Soldier On Albury and the Wodonga/Albury Men’s Shed.
Gary enjoys keeping fit by visiting his local gym regularly and travelling with his wife.
For enquiries about the VIC/Tas MHPE program, contact DVA VIC MHPE Coordinator.
If you would like to speak to a volunteer, contact the VIC/Tas MHPE Volunteer Representatives below:
VIC/Tas MHPE Metro Volunteer Representative
- Gary Treeve
Mobile: 0407 480 201
Email: gdmtreeve [at] bigpond.com