What is it?
Conquer winter and go in the chance to win a family winter getaway for 2 people for 1 week
to New Zealand for a 5 star winter holiday experience! Program is FREE and open to all Aussie
veterans with eligible DVA white and gold cards.
About the challenge
So often during winter we let ourselves relax, we slack off and we put on weight and we let the winter blues get the better of us. This effects our mood, our relationships with friends and family, we experience weight gain, fatigue and generally we aren’t progressing to better ourselves and those around us.
Thats why we created a holistic management plan to help veterans conquer winter and bring out
your winter warrior!
Exercise Programs with a Qualified Exercise Physiologist
Online Yoga and Meditation Classes
Injury Management Techniques and Exercises
Regular Weekly Check ins with Psychologist
Community Group with other Members for Peer Support
Lessons in Managing Stress and Improving Sleep
Classes in Relationships
Nutrition Programs and Heath Advice
You can undertake these services all from the comfort of your home or come into our locations to participate.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
"When the dust settled" after 10 years military service and two active "Tours of duty" with Australian Special Forces, surviving the impact of an Improvised Explosive Device and near death scenarios Andy found himself in a dark hole, seeking purpose and carrying baggage that affected everyday life.
Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) in 2001 over the years he's sought to create purpose and meaning based on a work/lifestyle that is designed around being positive and mindful of his condition. This isn't always the case, it's easy to quickly derail and at Christmas 2018 a combination of unforseen circumstances and events saw his mental health deteriorate. It was at this low point, whilst campiing and close to being homeless the idea of Invisible Injuries was born. Early in his journey to recover Andy learned how to navigate and seek out support services. Now was the time to enact his self-care plan, accessing support systems and doing the work to get back on his feet.
Now Andy shares his lived experience and those of his peers so he could better the mental health and wellbeing of veterans, first responders and their immediate support experiencing PTSD. Through hosting the Invisible Injuries podcast, Holistic self-care ideas, connecting support services to the user and creating an "all-in-one" online resource.
Andy has guested on many podcasts interviews and public speaking events, also being published in Stories of Hope and is an active member of the community volunteering his time with numerous ex-services organisations.