AUSactive members urged to register their gym. Other states urged to provide similar benefits.

The Tasmanian Government has recently launched a Veteran Wellbeing Voucher Program, offering eligible veterans the chance to apply for a voucher of up to $100 to put towards the cost of registration or membership fees at participating gyms and sporting clubs.

AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said it was a fantastic initiative and showed the important link between keeping active and an individual’s overall wellbeing.

“AUSactive applauds the Tasmanian Government for introducing the Veteran Wellbeing Voucher Program. The program not only encourages the more than 10,500 Tasmanian veterans to get active and make social connections through a gym or sporting club but also provides an opportunity for fitness facilities to expand their membership and client base,” Mr Elvish said.

“I encourage all our Tasmanian members to register to become an Activity Provider to ensure they can be part of this positive initiative. The program is free to join and there are no ongoing costs.

“Gyms and other facilities who meet the requirements will be reimbursed for each voucher they accept. The program is open to gyms and clubs throughout Tasmania.”

The Tasmanian Government is currently calling on gyms and sporting clubs to register as an Activity Provider. Eligible veterans will be able to apply for their vouchers later this month.

According to the Tasmanian Government active participation in health and wellbeing programs supports its goal to make Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia by 2025.

Participation in physical activity and wellbeing programs is also a factor in addressing veteran and defence suicide in Australia.

For more information and to register as an Activity Provider visit https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr/for_and_about/veterans/veterans-programs