Mar 13, 2019

QCoal cash to help RFDS tackle mental health issues among those affected by flooding

QCoal cash to help RFDS tackle mental health issues among those affected by flooding The Royal Flying Doctor Service has received $25,000 from the QCoal Foundation to help the mental health of those affected by last month's widespread flooding in north and west Queensland.

QCoal Foundation has given the Royal Flying Doctor Service $25,000 to support the mental health of north and west Queensland residents following recent widespread flooding.

The funding from QCoal Foundation’s special-purpose flood response grant will support the RFDS’ post-disaster trauma support project.

RFDS clinicians will assist people directly and indirectly affected by the disaster through tailored training sessions to teach community members, frontline responders and service providers how to deal with the current, and potential increased, mental health issues for communities.

Training sessions will be held across the North Queensland region, in strategic locations, to ensure those communities worst affected by the flood disaster have access to support.

Residents, community members and staff of support agencies will be invited to attend the training.

RFDS Queensland Section chief executive officer, Meredith Staib, said the support of QCoal Foundation would ensure the service could continue to provide support to those affected by the floods.

“The RFDS is co-ordinating a multi-agency taskforce in response to the disaster and we have already provided support to over 400 people across the five flood-affected shires,” Ms Staib said.

“Given our history, experience, and current relationship with these communities, the RFDS is well placed to provide this vital support and I am grateful that the QCoal Foundation has chosen to support our work in this region.”

QCoal Foundation chairman Christopher Wallin said the foundation was proud to assist.

“The QCoal Foundation established a special purpose grant program in response to the Townsville and North Queensland flood disaster and is pleased that we can extend our long-term partnership with the RFDS to address the challenges facing those communities,” Mr Wallin said.

“The QCoal Foundation is proud of its reputation for partnering with others to support resilient communities across rural and remote Queensland and looks forward to contributing to recovery efforts both short and long term.”