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The GEARS (Group Emotional and Relationship Skills) Program is a new and refined program which has evolved from the highly successful STAIR (Skills Training in Affective Interpersonal Regulation) Program.

This program is tailored specifically for Australian military members and emergency service personnel and the issues they face including identity in transitioning back to civilian life, improving mood regulation, interpersonal communication skills and relationship skills. GEARS was developed by Dr Jon Lane, Psychiatrist and current ADF Reservist and Afghanistan Veteran.

GEARS is a 12-week program (2 hours per week) overseen by Dr Lane and facilitated by trained lived experience peer facilitators.

You will learn how to:

  • Become more aware and comfortable with your emotions
  • Develop positive, healthy coping skills for distressing feelings
  • Identify unhealthy relationship patterns
  • Build skills to improve your relationships
  • Build resilience and confidence.

To be eligible for a place in the program, you must:

  • Be a current or former military or emergency services member
  • Have mental health symptoms that concern you
  • Obtain a referral from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist to attend the program.


The program is held in Adelaide and Hobart and online sessions are also available via Zoom.

New dates for the next sessions will soon be announced.


Places are limited! For more information, or to be put on the waitlist for our next program please contact [email protected]


Please note GP Referral is mandatory to participate for ethics requirements of the project.

GP Referral Form


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