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Defence Force Welfare Association (QLD Branch) Inc Victoria Barracks Brisbane ENOGGERA QLD 4051

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Office Hours

Tuesday - Wednesday 1000 - 1400
Telephone: (07) 3233 4480
Email: qldbranch@dfwa.org.au

Office Bearers

President: John Lowis
Executive Vice President: Robert Shortridge
Vice President – South Queensland: Pat Jackman
Vice President – Sunshine Coast: Win Fowles
Vice President – Cairns: John Wilson
Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Walter Buldo
Membership: Vacant (Walter Buldo Acting)
Communications Officer: Deb Keir
Administration Officer: Sharyn Hughes
Project Officer: Chris L.
Advocates: Walter Buldo, Clem Russell
Welfare / Funerals: Harry Mee, Pearl Mee



DFWA strongly supports the proposal to establish the Ex-ADF Community Support Services Hub in Townsville, known in the ESO community as 'The Oasis Townsville'. The proposal originated from the collaboration of all ESOs in Townsivlle. These ESOs  have been working with Townsville City Council, Queensland State Government and the local business community to centralise the referral for services of the various ESOs into a single facility. This Oasis gives ex-ADF members and their families one place to go to find answers and identify disparate and specialised services provided by ESOs that are spread throughout Townsiville. The ESO assessment of the need has been reinforced strongly by the findings of the Federal Minister for Health trial being conducted in Townsville to support the prevention of suicide in the ex-ADF community. Townsville is one of 12 National Suicide Prevention Trial sites around Australia, and the only one dealing with the ex-ADF community. The Townsville project is known as Operation Compass. The Oasis Townsville is the single biggest issue for the ex-ADF community in Townsville and has had the effect of banding ESOs, the Townsville community and veterans of all generations together very strongly to find a solution to simplifying effective access to services for ex-ADF members and their families.  Read more about the proposal here

18 November 2017: MORE ON THE PROPOSED EX-ADF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES HUB. Here is more information about The Oasis Townsville ....http://www.theoasistownsville.org.au/