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Drought Support

Our region currently has eight local government areas (LGAs) afflicted by drought. We are committed to supporting farmers and communities affected by drought in our region.

Funding is being invested in drought affected areas through our PHN under the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Empowering our Communities (EoC) Initiative.

Initiatives We Fund

We are working with community leaders, farmers and their families and local community organisations and group to fund community-led mental health, suicide prevention, and social and emotional wellbeing initiatives.

Community Event Grants

Community Event Grants

Community events funded by our PHN aim to promote community resilience and enhance community wellbeing through group-based activities that deliver mental health and wellbeing benefits to individuals.

learn more about these initiatives

Community Connections

Community Connections Program

Our PHN has commissioned Lifeline Darling Downs and South West QLD to deliver the Community Connections Program.

The Community Connections Program delivers training to community members to act as gatekeepers, trusted advocates and referrers for drought affected community members and their families. The trusted advocates can:

  • recognise and respond to signs of distress
  • identify the most appropriate referral point
  • assist community members to access required mental health and other relevant supports.

learn more about this program

Drought Calendar

Drought Calendar

Under the Empowering our Communities (EoC) Initiative, our PHN has partnered with Neami National to develop the 2020-2021 (financial year) Drought Calendar.

The Calendar aims to confront stigma and promote awareness of available mental health supports in the region.

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Making a Difference

Learn more about how the PHN is making a difference and the community is responding to drought in Warwick.

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Helpful Links and Resources

We've compiled a list of helpful links and resources for you to access.

For Community: Telephone Support

For Community: Additional Resources

Virtual Psychologist

Virtual Psychologist offers free 24hr psychological counselling services to drought affected farmers via SMS, online chat, email and phone.

Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS)

ADIS is a free, confidential and anonymous information, counselling, advise and referral service that is available 24/7.

beyondblue Support Services

Offers 24/7 confidential telephone support, counselling and referrals to trained mental health professionals.


Offers a 24hr crisis support and suicide prevention service which includes toolkits, information sheets and a service finder.

Suicide Call Back Service

Provides 24/7 crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.


headspace provides people aged 12 - 25 years and their families support to communicate with a qualified mental health professional.

Emerging Minds

View Community Trauma Toolkit to help and support people before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Drought in Australia Information pack provides information on assistance for individuals, families, farmers and communities in drought regions.

ReachOut Digital Drought Care Package - Youth

A digital drought care package to help young people living in drought-affected communities deal with the pressures of the drought.

ReachOut Digital Drought Care Package - Parents

A digital drought care package to help parents living in drought-affected communities deal with the pressures of the drought.

ReachOut Digital Drought Care Package - Schools

A digital drought care package to help schools living in drought-affected communities deal with the pressures of the drought.

Get Support

For more information, please contact:

Trevor Stephens
Bushfire Recovery Coordinator
07 4615 0900

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