Can Volunteering Benefit Your Mental Health?

Transitioning out of Defence can be a challenging time. Without the structure and mateship of military life veterans can feel isolated and may find it hard to break into civilian social circles.Read more

Coping with the pressures of Christmas

Although Christmas is often a time to celebrate, many people find the holiday season stressful. Just the expectation that one should be ‘merry’ or ‘jolly’ over the festive season is enough for a person to feel stressed and overwhelmed during this time.Read more

Finding Purpose in a Grey Shirt

Army veteran Elaine Gallagher says volunteering with Team Rubicon Australia at the Invictus Games in Sydney was rewarding, empowering and an ultimately healing experience.Read more

Piecing Together The Puzzle

For young veteran Dylan Rushby, reaching out to the RSL proved life-changing. The 31-year-old had been struggling physically and mentally in recent years, but has now regained control of his life and credits the support of his RSL Advocates and Wellbeing Program for his transformation.Read more

Running 1500km in search of resilience

With the unrelenting Queensland sun beating down on him, Wayne McMurtrie ran a gruelling 1500 kilometres over 22 days – about 68km a day – from Brisbane to Winton in Central West Queensland. His goal was to highlight the resilience and determination required by veterans in their journey home from war.Read more

When Sledging With Your Mates Is OK

While only new to Queensland, para ice hockey is an exhilarating, fullcontact sport rapidly gaining fans within the Australian Defence Force.Read more

Could Adventure Be Part of Your Journey To Recovery

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation investigates the role adventure therapy programs can play in improving the health and wellbeing of former service personnel.Read more

Learning To Be Happy

Ashlea Henley, 25, is a veteran of the Royal Australian Navy and a mentor for Trojan’s Trek, an RSL-supported initiative designed to help veterans struggling to cope with life outside the military.Read more

Veteran Wellbeing At Heart of RSL Moreton District Office

It may have been pouring rain, but that didn’t keep members from across the Ipswich region from celebrating the official opening of the new RSL Moreton District office on March 7.Read more

The GP and Me

How to build a relationship that could save your life.Read more

Doctors and Veterans Break Down Health Barriers

RSL Queensland and the Australian Medical Association Queensland have joined forces to improve the healthcare of veterans across the state.Read more

PTSD Initiative: Research to Restore Lives

A guide to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and your Physical Health. An initiative of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation and RSL Queensland. Read more

PTSD Initiative: Key Findings - Cardiac Health

Patients with PTSD are almost four times more likely to have suffered a heart attack in the past.Read more

PTSD Initiative: Key Findings - Gastrointestinal Health

Patients with PTSD have a two to three times increased risk of suffering from gastrointestinal problems including irritable bowel syndrome and its associated symptoms. Read more

PTSD Initiative: Key Findings - Liver Health

Patients with PTSD are two times more likely to have abnormal liver texture, suggestive of liver disease, and had a four times higher risk of fatty liver.Read more

PTSD Initiative: Key Findings - Sleep Health

The GMRF PTSD Initiative found that participants with PTSD are three times more likely to suffer from serious sleep disturbances like obstructive sleep apnoea.Read more

PTSD Initiative: Key Findings - Respiratory Health

Patients suffering PTSD have an increased risk of developing problems with breathing, and have decreased overall lung function. Read more

Stepping Out & Stepping Up

Queensland’s first Trojan’s Trek for women provided camaraderie, new perspectives and a second chance at life for the trek’s participating veterans and mentors.Read more

Support From The Top

Supported by RSL Queensland, the Human Performance Framework has three main pillars – the Vasey Resilience Centre, which builds soldiers’ performance before deployment, Geckos Family Centre, which looks after soldiers’ families, and the Soldier Recovery Centre, which helps rehabilitate soldiers when they return from service. Read more

PTSD Education Program for GPs Launched

A national GP Education Program launched this year will better equip general practitioners and other healthcare professionals with new strategies to better identify the signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Read more

Sleep Your Way to Better Health

For many of us, a good night’s sleep comes naturally, unfortunately for others, this could not be further from the truth. World-first research published this week in the Australian Medical Journal by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) and its research partner RSL Queensland, identified sleep as a major health issue for Vietnam veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

'Tis The Season To Be Jolly... In Moderation

While no one is immune to serious illness, there are lifestyle factors that can significantly impact your level of risk. We don’t want to put a dampener on your Christmas celebrations, but we would like to share with you a few things to keep in mind this silly season.Read more

Your Guide to Good Health: The Importance of a Regular Visit to Your GP

When it comes to serious illness, one piece of advice generally holds true across the board: early detection could save your life. While the first port of call for many of us might be “Doctor Google”, it is a visit to your local GP that could make all the difference to your future health.Read more

Your Heart Health

Our mind and our heart can often be at odds with each other when it comes to making decisions, but when it comes to our health they’re surprisingly in sync. The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) is conducting research to better understand the mind-heart connection with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the veteran community. Read more

RSL Adaptive Sports

In response to the rapid interest and growth of adaptive sports internationally and here in Australia, RSL (Queensland Branch) is encouraging current and ex-serving men and women to get involved in adaptive sports programs.Read more

Veteran Services Opens New Chapter For Veteran

Every person who comes to the RSL for support or assistance has a different story. Some are young men or women who have returned from active service in other countries who need a helping hand to reconnect with their families and re-integrate into our fast-paced society.Read more

Soldier To Civilian: The Journey Home

Imagine losing your identity, your job, and your purpose – all on the same day.  It might sound like an absurd prospect to civilians, but for our service personnel it is the reality that some feel confronted with as they discharge from the Defence Force and transition into civilian society. In this article, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation provide an insight into the direction of their most recent research project.Read more

At Ease: DVA Mobile Apps

The Department of Veterans Affairs have developed a range of mobile apps to help manage PTSD and other illnesses associated with military service.Read more

Vasey Resilience Centre

While there has been a significant – and necessary – emphasis on supporting our wounded, injured and ill soldiers for many years, the question has been asked: what if we could prevent some of those things from occurring in the first place? Read more

PTSD: Physical and Behavioral Symptoms

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can present with physical and/or behavioural symptoms, often being out of the ordinary or amplified for the individual. Read more

Veteran Services Provide A Helping Hand

Veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force who have an injury or illness related to their service, or were discharged on medical grounds, may be entitled to claim compensation for medical expenses and for the impact their illness or injury may have on their ongoing quality of life.Read more

Invictus Games

Unconquered. This word conjures images of steadfast fortresses and untouched mountain peaks. And now, thanks to the inspiration and dedication of a high-profile veteran, unconquered is a word associated with many who have overcome physical, mental and emotional adversity.Read more

GMRF Research and Outcomes

RSL Queensland has committed $6.75 million to research into veteran health initiatives, conducted by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.Read more

Taking on PTSD: Reducing the impact into the future

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the single biggest health problems in Australia, affecting up to 1.5million people in some form, and yet little is known about the condition or how to treat it. Read more

Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation: Love Your Liver

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) is a research facility based at Greenslopes Private Hospital committed to enhancing the health of our veteran community. Our research is innovative, relevant, and inspired by the legacy of the brave men and women who served this country in its time of need.Read more

Spare a thought for your liver this festive season

A recent study identified liver illnesses as the second biggest killer of Australian veterans of the war in Vietnam.Read more

Australian Army Rugby Union

RSL (Queensland Branch) proudly supported the Australian Army Rugby Union inter-Brigade competition by supporting the Best and Fairest Awards for the men’s and women’s matches.Read more