Peer mentors a valuable addition to local support network, says Senator

A new Peer Mentor Network will provide invaluable support to the region’s serving and returned Defence personnel, Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald welcomed the news of the new service, which will support the work of the Townsville Suicide Prevention Trial Site.

 “I am pleased to see the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensuring our defence personnel are fully supported not only throughout their service, but importantly, as they transition back into civilian society,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “Townsville is a Garrison City, so it’s good to see this status being recognised by the Federal Government with this announcement.

“With so many former defence people choosing to retire in the Townsville region, it is important to ensure the necessary support services are in place to assist them.”

 Senator Macdonald congratulated local veterans Andrew Dyer and Tim Loch who have been appointed full-time community and peer advisers.

 “I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes from this program, which will offer additional benefits to the wonderful work already being done by the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and our local ex-Service organisations.”



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