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MESHA Expands Program Offering for Australian Veterans

MESHA Expands Program Offering For Australian Veterans

Australian veterans will benefit from increased access to transformational ‘life-after-service’ programs with Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA) adding two renowned programs to its offering.

StoryRight, established in 2017, and MindRight, established in 2019, have officially joined MESHA and are programs that will aid Australian military members transitioning out of service.

StoryRight was developed by Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare on her return from deployment to Iraq with the Australian Army and has since gained a stellar reputation for helping ADF members transition into civilian life. The one-day program assists veterans in developing a robust personal narrative that builds their confidence as they navigate the civilian employment landscape.

MindRight was subsequently developed by StoryRight team member Tom Moore, drawing on the work of Dr Paula Dabovich to assist veterans psychologically and culturally as they prepare for the adjustments of transition.

MESHA’s Executive Director Dr Miranda Van Hooff said the organisation, as part of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, was honoured to be able to carry on these programs and ensure they continue to make a difference in the lives of Australian veterans and potentially other groups in need.

“We have seen first-hand the transformational nature of these programs with transitioning military members and are looking at ways we can also offer these programs to emergency service personnel,” she said.

“We’re grateful for Dr Mascall-Dare and the team behind StoryRight and MindRight and look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver impactful programs, while adding on an evaluation framework through our research institute.”

Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare said the transition of these programs to MESHA was a natural fit with a clear values alignment.

“We are thrilled to be joining MESHA who have a clear focus on optimising the mental health and wellbeing of current and former military members,” Dr Mascall-Dare said.

“The addition of research and evaluation that will now support these programs will also help enhance the offering we currently provide and provide evidence for their expansion to other groups such as emergency service personnel.”

For more information on accessing these programs, please contact Matt Newlands, Lived Experience Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Program Coordinator/Facilitator, MESHA, [email protected].

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