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Ex-Service Organisation Directory

There are many ex-service organisations (ESOs) that help current and ex-serving personnel in various ways.

RSL Queensland collaborates with a range of ESOs to ensure members of our Defence family get the help they need. 

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AUSTRALIAN WAR WIDOWS (QUEENSLAND)

Established in 1947, Australian War Widows (Queensland) Inc. (AWWQ) protects the interests of war widows and provides friendship, understanding and community support services to its members across Queensland. Membership is open to the Department of Veterans' Affairs designated war widows and associate membership for wider community who support AWWQ.

Legacy Brisbane

Provides a range of support services to the families of veterans who have given their life or their health in service to the Australian Defence force. Legacy’s traditional services are to the families of deceased veterans- supporting widows and their children to move forward with their lives despite the loss of their loved one. Legacy’s family support program provides services for families with an ex-service veteran who has sustained a wound, illness or injury (most commonly PTS) as a result of their service. This program empowers families to re-establish resilience, structure and stability in the face of many challenges. Services include: emotional support and guidance, practical and financial assistance and service coordination, information and referral.

Currumbin Clinic

Currumbin Clinic provides inpatient and day patient treatment for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addictive disorders including alcohol or drug misuse. Specific programs for veterans include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Mood and Anxiety and the associated problems of PTSD such as Effective Communication and Mastering Anger.   Set in a private bush surrounds close to Currumbin Beach, Currumbin Clinic is the leading provider of mental health treatment on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas with over 20 years experience.

St George's Defence Holiday Suites

The Service Personnel Anglican Help Society Inc is a charitable organisation that provides holiday accommodation, for Service and Ex-Service personnel and dependent children at Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Queensland via the St Georges Defence Holiday Suites, situated within The Garland building. With northerly views over the water, easy access to a number of surf breaks, safe swimming beaches, the Tweed River, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas of Coolangatta /Tweed Heads it makes for an ideal beach front holiday.

Stand Tall for PTS

Stand Tall for PTS is a not for profit entity set up to create more public awareness for PTS, to help reduce the Stigma associated with PTS and to lobby governments and authorities to try to do more.

Mates4Mates

Supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their immediate families, who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. In a family friendly environment, Mates4Mates provides a range of Psychological Services; Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitative Adventure Challenges; and Social Connection Activities. Mates4Mates is an initiative of RSL Queensland.

Operation PTSD Support

An online and face to face support network for partners, parents and children  of veterans that are caring for a veteran with mental health issues. We offer a very active online support network across Australia and internationally, as well as regular social inclusion events around Australia and Weekend Retreats Bi-annually. Free Mental Health First Aid Courses are also available to assist the caring role.

Combat Support Association

Combat Support Association provides:   Transition: Individual advice and sources service for the development of individual Transition Plans.   Representation: Represents on Veterans Issues as part of a networked Ex Service Organisation.   Welfare: Sources veteran and community services to support individual, family or unit welfare needs For more information please email president@combatsupportassociation.org.au  

Defence Community Organisation

Staffed by social workers, teachers, and Military Support Officers, DCO provides: critical incident support for death or illness of ADF members; short-term counselling and referrals for family and relationship issues; crisis support specialist relocation and posting support - preparing for and making moves, connecting with the community, advice on schools and support available to Defence children deployment and managing absence support-how to assist children and families managing the Defence lifestyle, scheduling of support events advice on DCO National Programs in relation to education assistance, child care, partner employment, community grants support to units on base. DCO provides a 24 hour emergency hotline for currently serving members and their family.