The Hawthorn Amateur Football Club has been touched on more than one occasion by the tragedy of depression in men. Sadly, we have lost two former players and a former player’s father through suicide between 2005 and 2009. This prompted us to do something to raise awareness in our club and in our community to help prevent any further tragedy. Over the past 6 years we have held lunches at our club rooms, a lunch at Visy Park and 3 VIP breakfasts. Guest speakers so far have included Premier Ted Baillieu (twice), Beyond Blue Chairman and former Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett, AFL identity Billy Brownless, Gold Coast Suns player Campbell Brown, former Carlton great Ken Hunter, North Melbourne and Sydney AFL star Wayne Schwass plus various medical experts speaking about Men’s Health and depression. These lunches and breakfasts have occasionally attracted the media in the form of Channel 9 news, The Age and The Herald Sun.
Apart from raising awareness, the main reason for these events is to raise money for the Mental Health Fund which has been set up by the club to assist anyone from the HAFC community who is struggling with depression or anxiety. This fund is designed to remove the financial burden for anyone needing help. We want to ensure that anyone who needs help can get it, either from their GP or a Mental Health Professional. If you or someone in your family requires access to this fund, simply speak to any committee member. This will be treated as strictly confidential. If you don't feel comfortable having the conversation face to face, email email@example.com.
The other part of our Mental Health fundraising efforts is the City 2 Sea fun run in November. Starting in East Melbourne near the iconic MCG, the 15km course winds its way down St Kilda Rd, around Albert Park Lake and finishes in St Kilda.
Hawks have raised over $40,000 for Charity Partners One In Five and Headspace through participating in this run.
The Club awards a perpetual trophy to the person who best looks after their mates, on and off the field.
The WINGS Trophy is named in honour of Jacob Pitcher, Peter Lynch and David Holland, the three members of our club who have passed away by suicide.
This trophy is generously sponsored each year by Mrs. Chris Monohan
This page is designed to be a hub of information on all things Mental Health. Whether it is you who is struggling or someone you know, we want you to be informed and educated on Mental Health basics.
Provided below, we have several links to important information on Depression, Anxiety and other Mental Illnesses. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Sarah Ward, Tim Chapman, Pat Clancey and James Ridley have completed Mental Health First Aid training and they are all happy to have a confidential chat to anyone who has any questions or needs some advice.
Asthma, Epilepsy, Depression and Anxiety are all treatable illnesses
So where do I go for help?
The Club has a Mental Health Fund which is available for anyone in the wider club community for the purpose of seeking help for mental health issues. This could involve seeing a Psychologist or Psychiatrist, travelling to and from appointments or any costs of medications not covered by Medicare. Access to this fund is completely anonymous. All you need to do is email your receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your bank details and you will be reimbursed. If you have any difficulties you can alternatively get in touch with Pat, Tim or Sarah to help with any questions relating to the fund and access to reimbursement.
Start by seeing your GP. The Better Access Scheme provides a Medicare Rebate for people with mental health problems to have therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist. In order to take advantage of the scheme, the person seeking treatment needs to first see their GP to develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan which is a document the GP and patient work on together . It includes an assessment of mood, specific life difficulties and goals which may be achieveable within a set period of time. Up to 10 individual sessions per year can be subsidised by the Medicare Scheme
Lifeline is a phone service for short term support for people who are overwhelmed and having difficulty coping or staying safe. Give them a call on 13 11 14
The club has partnered with Evado Studios located at 165 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. Evado Studios are run by qualified Sports Physiotherapists and one of their physios will be at training on Tuesday nights to assess injuries.
All injured players are required to be at training on Tuesday nights to be assessed by the physio and given a rehab program. If it is necessary, you may be directed to make an appointment with the physio to further treat your injury. Evado will subsidise physio appointments for all Hawks players so you won’t be too out of pocket.
Evado also provide fitness classes on site and all Hawks members can join for $22 per week for unlimited classes (usually $35). Classes offered are Fitness Pilates, Clinical Pilates, Functional Strength, Conditioning Circuit, Spin classes and Boxercise. Classes run from 6am to 8pm so you can fit them in around work. The classes are small group training with up to 8 people in each class. You can book classes and physio appointments on the Evado Studios app.
Players registered with an affiliated AFL Club enjoy the benefits of coverage under a Personal Injury policy, however there are three very important points players should be aware of.
What are you covered for?
PERSONAL INJURY COVER CAN PAY FOR NON-MEDICARE MEDICAL EXPENSES
‘Non-Medicare’ means medical costs that can’t be claimed through Medicare.
Items include physio, chiro, dental, ambulance transport and private hospital accommodation.
PERSONAL INJURY COVER IS NOT PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
It is law that Medicare items can’t be claimed on Personal Injury cover. These items can be claimed on Private Health Insurance and include services such as doctors and surgeons.
PERSONAL INJURY COVER IS NOT INTENDED TO BE LIFE INSURANCE
Personal Injury cover is a policy for injuries occurring due to an accident. It is not a sickness or illness policy.
The Personal Injury cover starts at a standard level called Bronze.
50% reimbursement of non-Medicare expenses
$2,000 maximum per claim
Capital Benefit maximum $100,000
Quadriplegia/Paraplegia maximum $1,000,000
It is strongly recommended that all players investigate their personal insurance needs.
Players should consider the benefits of:
Private Health insurance
Loss of Income (particularly for self-employed players)
MAKING A CLAIM - Personal Injury Claims
Option 1 – Complete Online
Submit your claim online. https://claims.jltsport.com.au/
Complete and submit all personal information and injury details relating to your claim online.
Following your online claim lodgement, JLT Sport will email you 3 separate Declarations that need to be completed and signed by your Club, your treating Physician and/or your Employer.
The Declarations can be printed and filled in manually or emailed straight to the relevant person for them to print, complete and return to the Insurer on your behalf.
If you have any questions about this process please contact JLT Sport on 1300 130 373.
Option 2 – Complete Manually
Download the Personal Injury Claim Form https://cdn.jlta.com.au/afl/documents/AFL_Personal_Accident_Claim_Form.pdf?v=201803020900
Complete all relevant sections of the form.
Send your completed form to Echelon as soon as possible (and within 270 days from the injury date).
Echelon will confirm receipt of your claim and provide you with a claim number.
Any further costs can be submitted to Echelon quoting this claim number.
Documents can be submitted by email, post or fax.
The Health Insurance Act (Cth) 1973 does not permit the Trustee or Insurer to contribute to any charges covered by Medicare (including the Medicare Gap).
Personal Injury coverage through your club is limited by the Health Insurance Act. As such, JLT Sport encourage participants of AFL football to investigate the benefits of private health insurance.
To assist clubs, ensure players are aware of the benefits of private health insurance, there is a Private Health Audit available from the Downloads section of this website.
Examples of Non-Medicare Medical items.
Examples of items covered by Medicare.
Claimable as per the Policy Wording.
We can not reimburse you for these costs.
Private Hospital Accommodation
*Please note: MRI scans are generally claimable through Medicare, however sometimes the referrer and/or provider is not registered with Medicare. Please check with your treating physician prior to lodging your claim.
In addition, there will be no refund in respect of:
Any expenses recoverable by You from any other insurance scheme or plan providing medical or similar coverage or from any other source except for the excess of the amount recoverable from such other policies/plans.
Any expense to which the National Health Act (Cth) 1953 or any of the regulations made there under apply.
Please Note, if you are receiving benefits from player Insurance, as soon as you play a game the benefits STOP!!!!!!
Ambulance Victoria Cover is Affordable.
Can you afford an ambulance transport bill?
The average cost of an emergency transport is more than $1,100
Health Insurance May Not Cover You
Does your Private Health Cover really provide 100% ambulance cover?
Many Private Health Funds have significant limitations, exclusions or caps to ambulance cover.
Ambulance Victoria responds to over 800,000 calls for medical help from Victorians every year. That is over 2,200 calls a day. Emergency medical transport services are not free and not covered by Medicare. Become a genuine Ambulance Victoria member and be protected against the cost of transport and treatment by paramedics.