Drought wellbeing service

Resilience and determination are a natural part of rural life. However there may be times when ongoing hurdles like drought make it that bit harder to ‘get back on the horse’. Difficult climatic conditions, financial and emotional stress, combined with the hard work and long hours put into running a family-owned business can place enormous pressures on farming families. These pressures can impact your mental health and wellbeing, leading to symptoms of anxiety, depression and other health-related issues.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Drought Wellbeing Service offers free counselling and support to people living and working in areas impacted by drought. The program has clinical counsellors specifically trained to help people with a range of issues including:

  • sleep difficulties
  • physical effects such as headaches and muscle tension
  • anxiety and depression
  • stress management
  • grief and loss
  • relationships
  • self esteem
  • work related issues
  • alcohol and
  • gambling
  • building resilience through change

If you, a friend or loved one would like to chat with one of the RFDS Drought Wellbeing Service counsellors, please call (07) 3852 7544 or contact your local officer below.

Townsville Region
Cath Walker (07) 4775 3111

Mount Isa Region
Georgina Woods (07) 4743 2800
Rita McInnes (07) 4743 2800

Darling Downs and South West
Jackie Stewart (07) 3852 7531
Liz Hill 0428 259 299
Trish McKenzie (07) 4655 4911

Cairns and Longreach RFDS bases also have social and emotional wellbeing teams who offer mental health assistance.