Funding boost to support wellbeing of Queensland’s veterans

  • Recipients announced for grants supporting veterans’ health and wellbeing
  • Organisations could apply for grants of up to $150,000
  • Research projects will help understand challenges faced by veterans

Support for Queensland’s veterans will be strengthened by research organisations receiving funding through a one-off Queensland Government grants program.

Assistant Minister Bart Mellish announced at a Queensland Ex-Service Organisaitons forum, in Brisbane today, that four organisations will share $500,000 through the Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Research Grants Program, which was launched in April 2023.

Grants were available to eligible organisations to undertake new research or to expand the scope of an existing project to improve the understanding of issues impacting the health and wellbeing of veterans.

The recipients are:

  • Griffith University, to develop alcohol prevention programs
  • University of Queensland, to address issues of identity change and the loss of social connection
  • Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, to enable health and wellbeing self-support, and to study chronic pain in female veterans
  • University of Southern Queensland, to support transitioning from defence to the cyber security industry.

Quotes attributable to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“Queensland’s veterans give so much to our nation, and it is important to ensure they have the support and care they need to move forward with their lives.

“For many veterans, their service continues to resonate even after entering civilian life and this can impact their health and wellbeing and affect their family members, partners, and friends.

“Our Government is proud to provide funding for the Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Research Grants Program to support a brighter future of our veterans.”

Quotes attributable to the Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans’ Affairs and the Public Sector Bart Mellish:

“There are many great organisations which support veterans in many ways and those receiving funding grants will help to address the challenges veterans can face.

“The projects to be undertaken by the recipients of the grants funding emphasise the range of impacts which can be experienced by veterans.

“It is important we understand the issues which can affect veterans, so we continue to support ex-service personnel and their families today and into the future.”

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