Stafford Now Home to Queensland’s First Veteran & Family Wellbeing Centre

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Photo credit: rslqld.org

Just in time for Remembrance Day on November 11, Queensland’s veterans and their families now have a dedicated wellbeing hub to cater to their physical, mental, and social needs in one convenient location, as the doors opened on RSL Queensland’s first Veteran & Family Wellbeing Centre in Stafford.


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The 1,500 sqm facility, fully funded by RSL Queensland, is located at 274 Stafford Road in Stafford. It brings together programs run by both RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates to offer advocacy, rehabilitation, mental health services, financial guidance, employment assistance, and social activities in the one convenient location.

Designed with veterans in mind, the purpose-built centre features a rehabilitation gym, consultation rooms, a veterans lounge, and an outdoor area. 

Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, at the opening of Veteran & Family Wellbeing Centre in Brisbane last October (Photo credit: rslqld.org)

RSL Queensland CEO Rob Skoda said the welcoming collaborative environment will make it easier for defence members and families to access the support they need.

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RSL Queensland State President Major General Stephen Day DSC AM and Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland (Photo credit: rslqld.org)

Mr Skoda highlighted the large population of current and ex-serving ADF members in Queensland, saying it was crucial to establish a space tailored specifically to support the defence community.

He said the centre epitomises RSL Queensland’s pledge to adapt to the changing needs of veterans and answer demands for more assistance.

The CEO noted that by co-locating with Mates4Mates, the facility advances RSL Queensland’s mission to care for, commemorate and foster camaraderie among veterans through meaningful service delivery.

The centre takes a holistic approach to foster purpose, connection and wellbeing for veterans. It builds on RSL Queensland’s growing statewide impact, after the organisation increased charitable support by 60 percent last year to help 3,500 new clients.

RSL Queensland’s impact continues to grow, with over $3 million distributed last year alone to provide urgent financial aid for veterans and families struggling to afford groceries, fuel, bills and housing. The new Wellbeing Centre aims to further expand support and make a difference across Queensland’s defence community.

Attend a service, wear a poppy, or observe a minute’s silence at 11am, and help keep the legacy of our service people alive.  Lest we forget.  

RSL Queensland 

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Published 8-November-2023