VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to get moving and increase their physical activity, with $200,000 in funding available nationally to assist community groups and ex-service organisations with planning and hosting Veterans’ Health Week events in October 2021.
This year’s theme for Veterans’ Health Week will be ‘Get moving’ and the veteran community is encouraged to plan early for their events this year.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Veterans’ Health Week, from Saturday 16 October to Sunday 24 October 2021 was a great opportunity for veterans and their families in Barker to get active and participate in an event.
“Ex-service organisations or community organisations with links to the veteran community are eligible to apply for funding or to register an event for Veterans’ Health Week,” Mr Pasin said.
“Physical activity is such an important contributor to our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, and is even more important due to the challenges faced in the past 15 months with COVID-19.
“Whatever the activity, keeping our bodies and minds active plays an important part in living and ageing well.
“I encourage veterans groups to think about activities they can organise for Veterans’ Health Week in their community that will encourage veterans and their families to come together and get moving.” Mr Pasin said. 
Ex- service and community groups are encouraged to get creative and apply for $720 in funding to support their activities.
With COVID-19 restrictions continuing in some jurisdictions, event organisers should seek advice about what restrictions apply to their state or territory, and plan accordingly. Event organisers can contact their local DVA community support advisers if they are unsure of what type of events would be suitable during this time.
For more information on Veterans’ Health Week and the funding available, visit the Veterans’ Health Week page on the DVA website, call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or email
Applications for funding close 10 September 2021.