Wattle House Model of Service Workshop

2017 is shaping up as a big year for the Wattle League Foundation. On 9 February 2017, we welcomed an impressive group with a shared goal to develop a model of service that will be provided to ADF veterans during their stay at Wattle House.
We were joined by Veterans Sean Mulqueen and Tom Williams, physicians, clinicians and individuals from ex-service organisations working with Veterans on a daily basis.

Sean and Tom provided invaluable advice gained through their extensive work supporting their mates in the former ADF network through the difficulties they experience post service.

It is clear the program will require a personalised recovery service model, with clear goals set for each veteran during their stay at Wattle House. This will not be just ‘another place to stay’ – its focus will be on recovery.

Some services and therapies will be accessed on-site, with others off-site. Each Veteran’s needs are unique, so their program of supports will vary.

Some may be focussed on employment and need to work on job readiness with the Open Minds Employment Services team, some may even undertake work experience whilst residing at Wattle House. Others may need access to family and individual counselling and therapy, or help with budgeting and setting financial goals.

The peer support amongst the residing cohort will be an invaluable element, unique to Wattle House – friends helping friends achieve their chosen goals on a road to long-term recovery.

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Wattle Day High Tea

The Wattle Day High Tea is our annual major fundraising event.
In 2016, Wattle Day High Tea will help us to raise awareness and much-needed donations for the Foundation and its first project - Wattle House.

This invitation only event will be held in the Strangers' Dining Room at Parliament House, hosted by the Honourable Peter Wellington MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, on Friday 2 September 2016 from 10:00am till 12:00pm.


Wattle Co-design Day

In the last 20 years, more than 45,000 Australians have served in peacekeeping operations and in areas of conflict. Tragically, too many of our veterans will struggle at some stage with mental illness once they return home and as a direct result of their service to our country.

Common mental health issues among Veterans include: depression, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). As a result of these issues, some Veterans find themselves homeless or displaced, or isolated from their families and communities.

It is now vitally important to understand the needs of ex service personnel, to design a supports that meet their unique set of circumstances and needs. On 4 August 2016, we will listen to them, and to a rich mix of other skills and relevant experience through an inclusive and facilitated co-design process. We plan to optimise to utilise the experience and expertise to enhance the design of Wattle House and its program of supports. The process will ensure that Wattle House is designed to provide safe and supported supports for our Veterans experiencing mental ill health.

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Wattle House will deliver supports for our veterans, many of whom experience depression, anxiety, homelessness, substance abuse, trauma and stressor-related disorders (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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