The Black Dog Institute Report:

Prevention through connection: supporting veterans to thrive when their service ends - A report on the National Suicide Prevention Trial"

Launched at The Oasis Townsville on Thursday 2 June 2022

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As Reported in Selected Media
Royal Commission Defence and Veteran Suicide Update
Current Initiatives

Support Townsville's Veteran Community Participation
in Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

Grant Writing Support Workshops

Operation COMPASS Lessons Learned Instructional Package for DVA Wellbeing Centres

The Oasis smartphone app resources

#CheckYourMates Campaigns 2022

Connections activities targeted to specific veteran community demographics

Support for Townsville ESO Community to enhance suicide prevention

Explore Operation COMPASS by short video

Overview / Introduction

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Leaders Talk





Operation COMPASS is the codename for one of the 12 national suicide prevention trials that are trialling initiatives that could reduce the rate of suicide in the ex-ADF community. It has been run from Townsville, North Queensland since June 2017. See a Black Dog Institute report on the 12 trial sites, here

In 2020, Operation COMPASS commenced the evaluation and report writing phase while transferring as many of the 22 active initiatives to organisations and institutions that could continue them, given their success. Those that remained on 1 July 2020 were transferred to The Oasis Townsville. Some of the initiatives will be further transferred when appropriate, others will endure at The Oasis Townsville. 

An evaluation of the program was conducted by James Cook University before transferring to The Oasis. That report is available here. 

Many of the initiatives were taken on by The Oasis Townsville from the Enduring Connections Campaign (one of 6 campaigns). The primary driver for this campaign is to prove the significance of connections in reducing mental health problems and improving the wellbeing of veterans and their families. These initiatives, which are at the core of The Oasis Townsville, have been contracted by NQPHN for three years. 

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The efforts of The Oasis Townsville to support the transition, connection and integration of veterans into civilian life are supported by a grant from: