Award-winning Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservist Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare is once again cementing her support of fellow Australian military members, emergency service personnel and their families through her latest appointment. She is joining Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA, formerly The Road Home), part of The Hospital Research Foundation Group as an official ambassador.
The team at MESHA is thrilled to have Dr Mascall-Dare on board and say she will be an asset to the organisation bringing a wealth of knowledge from her extensive experience in defence and media.
MESHA’s Executive Director Dr Miranda Van Hooff said: “MESHA warmly welcomes Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare as our official ambassador. She is highly respected in the defence industry and veteran community. Her vast industry networks along with a diverse and distinguished career make her the perfect ambassador for our organisation.
“We are excited to begin working with her as we continue to advocate for our service personnel and their families to deliver positive mental health outcomes.”
After spending 30-years as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Dr Mascall-Dare joined the Australian Army Reserve as a Specialist Service Officer with her first posting to the Headquarters 9th Brigade, leading the Public Affairs Cell. She was also named on the Government of South Australia’s Women’s Honour Roll in 2015 for her services to media and journalism education, notably her coverage of Indigenous Affairs and the Anzac Centenary.
Dr Mascall-Dare has also gained a stellar reputation for helping ADF members transition into civilian life, which led to the development of the StoryRight program following her deployment to Iraq in 2016. StoryRight is a peer-led workshop helping military members transition from service to civilian life.
MESHA was pleased to expand its services by adding StoryRight to its offering in 2021. The program has already helped over 200 ex-serving members of the ADF, with a national expansion underway to help even more ex-service men and women.
Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare said: “I’m thrilled to take on my new role as an ambassador for MESHA. I’m a huge advocate for the work they are doing and the research they are conducting to help our military members and emergency services personnel and their families.”
“I believe with my new appointment we can continue making a positive impact on those who need our support. MESHA has personally helped myself and my family and I will forever be grateful to them and I’m excited to give back to my fellow veterans and help those who need it most.”