VETERANS' PHYSICAL HEALTH LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
WHAT IS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?
It is well recognised that people with a mental health condition have higher rates of disease and illness due to medical problems when compared with the general population. Creating a healthy lifestyle takes both choice and action everyday to help live a life that is physically and emotionally healthy. For an individual to best manage their physical health, they need to be aware of the contribution of:
- regular exercise
- proper nutrition
- managing use of cigarettes and alcohol
- correct use of medication
- possible medication side effects
- adequate rest.
HOW CAN THE PROGRAM HELP?
The Veterans' Health and Lifestyle Program provides veterans with targeted education to make life-long commitments to a healthy lifestyle. Making this commitment can help reduce the effects of mental health conditions, revitalize energy, increase motivation, improve self-esteem, manage stress, establish social support and minimise the chances of relapse.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The program consists of eight group sessions which are held two days per week for four weeks. A follow up day is also offered after three months to assist the veteran to maintain their health in the community. The program is facilitated by experienced mental health staff and complements the individual treatment that patients receive from their psychiatrist.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE PROGRAM?
Entry into Toowong Private Hospital’s Veterans' Health and Lifestyle Program is through referral from the veteran’s treating psychiatrist or GP.
Ex-servicemen and current serving personnel, who hold a DVA gold card, or have written approval from the Department of Defence, may participate in the program. Those who hold a DVA white card may also be eligible; however, approval is first sought from DVA.