Veteran Wellbeing At Heart of RSL Moreton District Office

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Anita Jaensch
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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.

District President Vivienne Stanbury said the new offices were open to all of the 1600 plus RSL members in the region, who would be able to use the meeting room and other facilities.

“We’re the central hub for the 17 Sub Branches in the region and it’s important to me that they all feel equally at home in these beautiful new premises,” Vivienne said. “We had a number of Sub Branch members at the opening today, but I hope those who couldn’t be here will drop in when they’re in the area.”

The outside of the new RSL Moreton District office. 8: Veteran Services Officer Advocate Anita Bentley, left, with RSL Queensland Veteran Service Officer Wellbeing Xanthe Moore.The outside of the new RSL Moreton District office. 8: Veteran Services Officer Advocate Anita Bentley, left, with RSL Queensland Veteran Service Officer Wellbeing Xanthe Moore.

“The new District office is a fresh, welcoming hub for the members of the region’s Defence community, where they can get face-to-face support and access to our full range of services and programs,” RSL Queensland President Stewart Cameron said.

An important element of the new office is its focus on providing tailored support for the thousands of current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in the region. Two full-time wellbeing officers and a full-time advocate are now located at the Pine Street premises, in addition to the existing part-time pensions and welfare officer.

General Manager Operations Scott Denner said the wellbeing officers would work with individuals to develop personalised plans.

“That might involve referring them to one of our advocates to lodge or follow up a claim with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or to a financial counsellor, accommodation service, or relationship counselling. But our wellbeing officers can also connect them with our health and wellbeing programs like Trojan’s Trek, the RSL Queensland Surfing Initiative and RSL RAEMUS Rover off-road racing, as well as the amazing support offered by Mates4Mates,” Scott said.

During the official opening, State President Stewart Cameron presented a commemorative certificate to local veteran Ron Bateman, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Ipswich born, Ron enlisted in the army during WWII and was posted to Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney, returning to Ipswich in the 1960s. Ron is a long-serving member of the Ipswich Railway RSL Sub Branch.