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​Empowering our Communities funding available to support drought affected communities

December 14, 2018

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is seeking applications from individuals, organisations and/or community groups who are interested in hosting community-led wellbeing events in drought affected communities within the Darling Downs and West Moreton region.   

The PHN has been granted funding under the Commonwealth Department of Health's Empowering our Communities initiative to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought affected areas. 

Up to $10,000 of funding is available per applicant to host their event/s, with the events needing to be hosted before the 30 of June 2019. 

The events must be focused on fostering community social and emotional wellbeing and resilience, and may include:

  • community events or workshops that promote resilience and reduce stigma associated with mental illness and accessing mental health and suicide prevention services; and/or
  • complimentary and lifestyle interventions know to improve physical and mental health, that can be delivered in a group setting, such as exercise classes, relaxation and yoga classes, etc; and/or
  • community education on topics such as managing stress, anxiety, depression and stigma.

Eligible drought affected communities within the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN region are those located in the following local government areas:

  • Goondiwindi 
  • Southern Downs
  • Western Downs
  • Lockyer Valley 
  • Somerset
  • Toowoomba
  • Cherbourg 
  • South Burnett

Interested parties are invited to contact Liam Maher, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Program Officer, to receive the Expression of Interest information and further instructions by emailing

Applications close Friday, 11 January 2019.

The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN will also be funding a number of other community-led projects under the Empowering our Communities funding including early intervention and low intensity mental health services and workforce capability support initiatives.

For more information, please contact Liam Maher on 07 4615 0900. 

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