The Oasis Townsville Limited, a public benevolent institution, is endorsed to access the following tax concessions:

  • Income Tax Exemption under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

  • GST Concessions under Division 176 of 'A New Tax System' (Goods and Services Tax) 1999

  • FBT Exemption under Section 123C of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986

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Adopting Hounds4Healing

Moving into The Oasis Townsville

Hounds 4 Healing is a very successful assistance dog program running in Townsville. The Boards of The Oasis Townsville and Hounds 4 Healing are working together to bring Hounds 4 Healing into The Oasis Townsville as a Special Program. 

Hounds 4 Healing has operated as a not for profit organisation founded by Australian Defence Force veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for over five years. Their philosophy is that "dogs are our freedom". Dogs provide the necessary support to brave the world again. ​By creating a solid and reliable bond between dog and handler, veterans and other clients can start to gain some independence ​and a routine again. 

The training and certification provided are intended to ensure both dog and handler are safe and can behave appropriately when in public, particularly on public transport and crowded places. 

What You Need to know about the Program

What does H4H do?

We offer the following for anyone who has served in the Australian Defence Force or any of the first-responder services:

  • Training of a psychiatric assistance dog. You have the option to have your own dog assessed for suitability or H4H can offer support in selecting and obtaining a suitable dog.

  • Qualifications of Trainers. We utilise a highly experienced trainer who is registered with the Queensland Government for training and assessing assistance dogs. We also have several assistant trainers who are being mentored by a qualified trainer.

  • Training Schedule. We conduct weekly training through a six-week train timetable. Once your dog has gained their learner jacket, personal one-on-one training is arranged with your trainer in real life situations: such as shops, cafes and public transport.

  • Different class levels for training. Puppies, young dogs through to advanced level for learner jacket dogs. The trainer will determine what level is suitable for you and your dog.

  • Training is in line with the national accredited public access test through the Queensland Government Guide Hearing and Assistance Dog (GHAD) Act.

  • Assessment for the Public Access Test (PAT). This test is designed to put you and your dog through a series of very achievable but demanding tests conducted in real life situations. The PAT certification is completed under the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Canine Helpers for the Disabled Incorporated. H4H has worked closely with this Brisbane based organisation for many years.

  • Assistance with the costs of the public access test are possible through H4H.


How to join Hounds4Healing:

  • email with your expression of interest

  • a short questionnaire will be sent to you for completion

  • you will receive an invitation to attend an information session

  • our trainer will arrange a time for your dog to be assessed

  • you will be invited to start training in the appropriate class level in the next available 6-week training block. Please note: numbers for training are capped so you may be added to a wait list


What comes next?

  • Once our trainer determines you and your dog are ready for advanced training your dog will be issued a learner jacket and the trainer will then arrange personalised training for you both.

  • You're one-on-one field training for the PAT will be done during these training sessions.

  • Once you and your dog have passed the PAT, your dog will receive a full assistance dog jacket displaying the GHAD Badge to indicate that the dog is fully qualified. You will also receive a Queensland Government identification card.


Please note:

  • The suitability and progression of all dogs through the program is at the discretion of our trainer.

  • The duration of training and the assessment process will differ for everyone.