Cairns community to benefit from new Veteran and Family Wellbeing Services

The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP
Assistant Minister for Defence
Assistant Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Assistant Minister for the Republic

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Thistlethwaite today launched the RSL Queensland Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in Cairns, the first facility of its kind in the region.

The new centre will mean veterans in and around Cairns can access specialised services and supports close to home.

The wellbeing centre, established by RSL Queensland in partnership with Mates4Mates, is a prime example of Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) working together for the benefit of the local veteran community.

This will complement the Federal Government’s national Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs program.

Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs provide access to important veteran services, which may include mental and physical health services, wellbeing support, advocacy, employment and housing advice, and social connection.

RSL Queensland State President Major General Stephen Day DSC AM officially opened the new centre with a plaque unveiling this morning.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Thistlethwaite:

“A key priority for the Albanese Government is improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and families, and reducing the risk of suicide.

“Stakeholders, such as ESOs, are essential partners in delivering high quality, evidence-based services to veterans and families.”

“In the Cairns area and surrounding regions, it is estimated there are around 5060 veterans. With the addition of their family members, this facility will be a beacon of hope and support.”

“I congratulate all involved in the establishment of the RSL Queensland Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in Cairns. This facility is a great community driven project which will help the local defence and veteran communities achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes.”


Media contacts

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides 24/7 free confidential crisis support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families on 1800 011 046 or the Open Arms website. Safe Zone Support provides anonymous counselling on 1800 142 072. Defence All-Hours Support Line provides support for ADF personnel on 1800 628 036 or the Defence Health Portal. Defence Member and Family Helpline provides support for Defence families on 1800 624 608