Exercise and Wellbeing

a healthy mind and body
This community webinar was held on 1 November 2017
Exercise and physical activity are essential for our health. While most of us know that physical activity is important for the health of our muscles and bones, exercise provides many benefits for our mental health too.

Exercise can stimulate the release of chemicals in our brains that can have a positive effect on mood, stress and anxiety. It can also help to improve our sleep, which can be affected by a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.

This Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) webinar will explore the ways that physical activity and exercise (or lack of it) affect our mental wellbeing and provide tips and ideas for how to start getting some of these benefits into your everyday life.
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VVCS Community Webinars
VVCS webinars are held on a bimonthly basis, covering a range of topics effecting current and ex-serving ADF, their families and the broader veteran community. Previous webinars include:

The information contained in this webinar will be general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this webinar.

All current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, who have at least one day continuous full time service and their families can receive free mental health and wellbeing support by calling VVCS on 1800 011 046 (24/7). 

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Dr Mark Creamer
Dr Creamer is a clinical and consulting psychologist, internationally recognised for his work in post-traumatic mental health. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, he has assisted individuals, communities, and organizations following distressing incidents of natural and human origin. In addition to his clinical practice, he works with government and non-government organisations to improve the recognition, prevention and treatment of psychological problems following stressful life events. Mark provides clinical policy and program advice, training, and research consultancy. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Psychiatry Department, University of Melbourne, and has an impressive research record with over 150 publications.
Dr Sam Hay
Dr Sam Hay is a practicing Australian GP and can regularly be seen throughout the media. Sam has hosted Amazing Medical Stories on Channel Nine, and was one of the charismatic presenters of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under. Sam regularly writes for popular parenting resource kidspot.com.au and the HIF Healthy Lifestyle blog, and is the resident doctor for The Today Show on Sundays and the Kyle and Jackie O radio show on KIIS.

A former Senior Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Dr Sam has been working in general practice since 2005 and is currently a partner in one of Sydney’s most successful GP practices, Your Doctors™.

Sam has also appeared as a medical expert on Studio 10 as well as on radio stations Sea FM and Triple M. He was also the ambassador for the Beer, the Beautiful Truth campaign.

Dr Sam started his military career at the 1st Health Support Battalion with the Parachute Surgical Team – a small scale highly mobile hospital, able to respond within hours to any emergency, anywhere in the world, specifically by parachute. He found his most challenging trip was to Afghanistan, where he led a small medical team that integrated with an American helicopter based retrieval team. They were responsible for retrieving injured soldiers from the combat zone, and evacuating them back to the military hospitals.

Dr Sam is a self-confessed health and fitness advocate who can be found in the gym or the surf.
Adrian Talbot
Mr Talbot enlisted in the Royal Marine Commandos in 2005. In March 2006 he deployed to Afghanistan with 42 Cdo RM. Whilst serving as a Commando, Adrian completed MP training at Southwick Park, Portsmouth and was then sent to Royal Marine Barracks Stonehouse as an investigator. In 2009, Adrian was injured while training to become a close personal protection operative. In 2009, Adrian was subsequently discharged after extensive surgeries and rehabilitation.

Adrian was given the opportunity of competing in the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014 and was successful in bringing home two Gold medals in Swimming. Adrian is honoured to have the opportunity of being the Clubs NSW Ambassador for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and spreading the word on the healing power of sport.


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