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Robe to Recovery


The Robe community has instigated an innovative concept to support Australian Defence Force veterans.

“Robe to Recovery” supports veterans who have returned from active duty and need to begin to heal physical and psychological wounds.

Jacqui Bateman and returned vet Justin Brown have teamed up to organise stays of a few days of respite for returned veterans who may be struggling to fit back into civilian life after returning from deployment and discharging from the defence force.

Adelaide-based Justin knows who is likely to need support through his contacts in the Australian Defence Force.

WATCH: ABC TV Back Roads on “Robe to Recovery”

Many traders in Robe and the Robe Tourism Association members are involved.

“I went along to a RTA meeting and explained the concept to the members and asked for any support from the local businesses,” Jacqui said. “The response was amazing.

“I had local cafes and restaurants offering meal and coffee vouchers and other offers of bakery goods, seafood, ice-cream, wine, massages and art.

“Several accommodation providers offered a few days accommodation, the local dairy donating milk and cheese.

“The first veteran who came down with his family was totally overwhelmed.

“He was just expecting a weekend away but when he walked in and saw a gift basket containing a whole bunch of extras, he couldn’t believe it.”

Jacqui believes that handwritten notes from each of the donors to the visiting veteran — often something as simple as thanking them for their service – is the thing which makes the most impact.

Robe to Recovery gives Ex-Australian Army veteran Leith Bache a much-needed break

“They go away from the weekend knowing that people do care, that people appreciate what they have done for their country, and that the little town of Robe appreciates their service and sacrifice.”

“We are hoping to grow the program to where we have up to 12 families visiting each year.

“The response from the Robe business owners and community has been absolutely fantastic.”

“The opportunity to create a respite program for returning vets seemed like a good idea,” said Justin.

“Between Jacqui and myself we have made the program and the difference it has made to the veterans has been tremendously rewarding.

“We think that the program has on-going opportunities and benefits for the veterens.

“The Robe community have have been wonderful supporters.

“I would like to see the program replicated around the country.”

For more information on the Robe to Recovery program and to assists in some way call Jacqui on 0427 343132 or email jacqui@jacquibateman.com.au.

Text from https://www.coastalleader.com.au/story/4964806/robe-to-recovery/

Photo by Royston Rascals. Image has been cropped and colour saturation increased. Used under license https://www.flickr.com/photos/roystonrascals/

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The Trojan’s Trek Foundation is pleased to announce…

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC Governor of South Australia has agreed to be the Patron of the Foundation for the term of his office.

This represents a milestone in the short history of the organisation and we look forward to showing His Excellency the program next year on Moolooloo.

 

 

 

Moose Dunlop OAM
Chairman
October 16, 2017.

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Veterans’ Support Walk

Charity walk outcome

A very big THANK YOU to everyone that donated to, and/or attended AEP’s Young Veterans Support Walk. We raised a total of $30, 819.15!

The Board would also like to extend a huge thank you to Reuben Vanderzalm and staff who did a superb job of organising the walk.


Sunday 29th October walk, run or roll around the River Torrens at 10.30am

All funds go directly to Trojan’s Trek, a program to help with the rehabilitation of young veterans returning from combat duties.

Four different event options with prize money on offer:
1) 5km walk (families, prams, and pets on leash are welcome).
Two $50 random spot prizes.
2) 5km FEMALE run. Prize of $150 for first place.
3) 5km MALE run. Prize of $150 for first place.
4) 5km TEAM OF 3 EVENT. Prize of $150 for first complete
finishing team.

WHERE River Torrens, directly north of the Torrens Parade Ground.
NOTE Parking WILL be available on the Torrens Parade Ground.
AFTER BBQ, coffee and amazing prize draws.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Register online HERE

Snail mail: download the registration form as a pdf here
Mail your cheque and completed form to: AEP Health Group, RE: Trojans Trek Charity Walk, 699 Port Road, Woodville Park, SA 5011.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure you get a T-shirt in your preferred size, please ensure we receive your form and cheque before 1st October, 2017. *UPDATE October 26, 2017; we have run out of shirts completely! Apologies*

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WELCOME SUPPORT

 

On 11 May a joint meeting between the boards of RSL Care and Trojan’s trek was held at the War Veterans’ Home (WVH) at Myrtle Bank.  The objective of the gathering was to share information related to the aspirations and operation of both organisations. After a period of discussion, it became apparent that both shared a common aim; to assist contemporary veterans. Readers would be aware of the work of Trojan’s Trek but few may be familiar with a new WVH initiative called the Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL), which is designed for contemporary veterans who are in need of urgent transit accommodation which is an emerging issue in the veteran community.

At the conclusion of the meeting a cheque for $10,000 was presented to the Trojan’s Trek Foundation by Loretta Byers, the chair of WVH.

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YOUNG VETERAN’S SUPPORT WALK

This year we had 27 sponsors and 189 walkers register, a great result and thanks to you all for your support. However the weather was not being friendly. In short it looked grim with an on-going poor prediction.

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Participants gather for Veterans’ Support Walk

Thanks to AEP the day was organised down to the last tee. Many thanks go to AEP staff and Reuben for his work again this year.

The start time this year was later than in previous years, managing to catch out a few regulars who arrived very early. By the time Peter Goers had completed his humorous off- beat comments about life in general the black clouds had gathered menacingly. Not to be deterred off they went at 1030 on a slightly amended route which resulted from part of the Torrens Lake track being affected by the recent rains.

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RSL CARE SA CONTRIBUTES

The excellent relationship between the Foundation and RSL care was further enhanced recently with a very generous donation to the cause.  This is not the first time RSL Care SA has assisted Trojan’s Trek and confirms the intent of the RSL Care Board to embrace their philosophy which is to provide “care and support for the benefit of the ex-service and wider community”. The funds will be used on the upcoming SA treks for men and women.

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Join us for Trojan’s Trek Veterans’ Support Walk.

On Sunday October 30th, join us for the Trojan’s Trek Veterans’ Support Walk.

Walk, run or roll around the River Torrens, raise money for veterans and be in the running to win some great prizes!

Free parking, partners and pets welcome, coffee, sausage sizzle & BIG Raffle draw

– $100 Cash prize for first male and first female across the line
– $200 Cash prize for first team of 3 across the line, and
– $50 Cash x 2 spot prizes

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2016 QLD Trojan’s Trek – Men Outcome Data Report

There were eleven participates in the 2016 QLD Men’s Trojan’s Trek. For the purpose of this report, their questionnaire responses on four measures (Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale -DASS21, General Self- Efficacy Scale, Life Satisfaction Scale and the Positive and Negative Interactions Scale, See Table 1) were scored and analysed to measure quantitative change in mental health and wellbeing indicators from Day 1 and Day 6.

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All of the participants (100%) showed a positive change between Day 1 and Day 6 on their total DASS21 scores (reduction in scores for depression, anxiety and stress). All but one participant showed an increase in self-efficacy.

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Overall life satisfaction improved for all participants, and all showed an increase in satisfaction with mental health and sleep. Nine of the eleven participants (82%) showed an increase in satisfaction with feeling part of the community; the other three participants’ results remained stable. Ten of the eleven participants showed an increase in perception of positive interactions with friends and family, and increase in positive perception of spouse relationships was seen for all participants in a relationship. Satisfaction with relationships with children improved for seven of the eleven participants, while two remained stable. Results for each measure are outlined below in greater detail.

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Of note, five participants showed clinically significant reduction in all areas measured: stress, anxiety and depression severity. A sixth person showed significant reduction in stress severity, and another showed reduction in depression to clinical levels and another two participants showed significant reductions in both depression and stress, as highlighted in Table 2.

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On average, participant scores changed from severe anxiety, stress and depression on Day 1, to normal level anxiety, stress and depression scores by Day 6. At Day 1 scores were well above the average for the general population and by Day 6 became well below the average, see Table 3.

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Self-efficacy
As outlined in Figure 2, ten participants showed an increase in their self-efficacy scores and one participants’ scores remained stable. The average self-efficacy score was similar to that of the general population at Day 1, and above the general population at Day 6, see Table 4.

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Life Satisfaction
Overall satisfaction with life increased from Day 1 to Day 6 for all participants, and satisfaction increased in all areas measured; see Table 5. Participants’ life satisfaction in all areas was below that of the general population at Day 1, and above that of the general population at Day 6. Selected results for life satisfaction are shown in Figure 3; ten participants experienced an increase in overall life satisfaction between Day 1 and Day 6, nine participants showed an increase in satisfaction with mental health, and ten showed an increase in feeling part of the community and increased satisfaction with sleep.

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Relationships
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On average, perception of positive interactions with friends, family and spouses increased between Day 1 and Day 6. This scale (the Positive and Negative Interactions Scale) measures participants’ perception of how well they feel their relationships are going. Taking results from the Life Satisfaction Questionnaires, all participants who had a spouse indicated improvement with their satisfaction with their relationship except for one participant whose scores remained high and stable. Seven participants showed improvement in satisfaction with their relationship with their children, with two participant’s scores remaining stable and two others showing a slight score reduction, see Figure 4.

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References
DASS21: Lovibond, S. & Lovibond, P. (2004). Manual for the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (2nd Ed). University of New South Wales: Sydney.
Positive and Negative Interactions Scale: Schuster T. L., Kessler, R.C., & Aseltine, R. H. Jr (1990). Supportive interactions, negative interactions and depressed mood. American Journal of Community Psychology, 18, 423-438.
Self-Efficacy Scale: Schwarzer, R., & Jerusalem, M. (1995). Generalized Self-Efficacy scale. In J. Weinman, S. Wright, & M. Johnston. Measures in health psychology: A user’s portfolio. Causal and control beliefs. 35- 37. Windsor, England: NFER-NELSON.
Life Satisfaction Scale information: Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (2010, February). Evaluation of Trojan’s Trek: Final report. Retrieved from http://www.trojanstrek.com/wp- content/uploads/2011/04/Trojans-Trek-Final-Report-2010.pdf
Note: See Participant Snapshot for an overview of where areas of change were for each participant.

Data analysis and report completed by Kendall Bird for Trojan’s Trek

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VETERANS’ SUPPORT WALK 2015

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A beautiful day greeted the 200 plus dogs crowd which gathered on the banks of the Torrens Lake on 25 Oct to take part in the Veterans’ Support Walk.

 This year the day was organised by Reuben Vanderzalm from Adelaide Exercise Physiology assisted by some of his staff and a few other volunteers. Thanks Reuben and company.  

After parking of the parade ground the crowd waited patiently for the start while listening to some interesting and funny commentary from Peter Goers.  A number of serious runners were among those gathered, looking for a share of  the cash prizes on offer.  

The Veterans Rowing Club catered for those with a need for a morning coffee while the MFS through David Gorham worked frantically to set up the BBQ which happened to coincide with an emergency response in the city. And a close thing it was too with the first batch of snags rolling off the barby as the quickest groups completed the 5km course.  

Winners for the day were:
1st male Lauchie Hennig,
1st female Zhali Clarke,
1st Team 
Steve, Lindi and Mike and the random $50 winners were Jeanette Mossop (who handed her winning back), and Wendy Turner.

A number of raffle winners also departed smiling.  The day will clear in excess of $14.5K which is a great effort.  

Thanks to all those who gave support to the day.

EDEN HILLS PROBUS CHIP IN

A part of community awareness, Moose Dunlop OAM and James Paterson,
a veteran of the Iraq war, responded to an invitation to address the club on 12 October.

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A large group of about 55 listened to the Probus member Tom Pearce thanks Moose for his address presentation and to James personal experience with stress illness and his recovery.

The number of insightful and astute questions which followed indicated a high level of interest in the approach taken by the foundation.