State-of-the-art Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre now open to veterans and their families
The new state-of-the-art Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre was officially opened on 5 December 2022, providing an expanded range of health and wellbeing services for local veterans, current serving Australian Defence Force members and their families in the Shoalhaven region.
Together with our charity partner RSL LifeCare, RSL NSW is committed to expanding our network of Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs working with local communities and other ex-service organisations to offer services across health, education and skills, housing, social support and connection, employment, income and finance, and recognition and respect.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh attended the official opening of the first Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in NSW alongside RSL NSW President Ray James and RSL LifeCare CEO Janet Muir.
“Veterans and families from around the region now have access to this purpose-built facility that will offer a range of services including assistance with transition from the ADF, employment, advocacy services and mental health support,” Minister Keogh said.
RSL NSW President Ray James said that the veteran communities have witnessed the benefits of these Hubs in action. “RSL NSW is committed to supporting the Hubs for one reason; we know they work.”
The Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre is part of the Australian Government’s $43.2 million investment in a network of Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs (formerly known as Veteran Wellbeing Centres) across the country, providing access to a consortium of services to support veterans, Defence personnel and their families under one roof.
In addition to the capital funding support from the Australian Government for the Centre’s establishment, RSL NSW sub-Branches have donated over $5.2 million since 2021 to RSL LifeCare to support the ongoing delivery of services to veterans and their families.
RSL LifeCare CEO Janet Muir said “RSL LifeCare recognises the importance of supporting those who have given so much to protect our country – a sentiment also recognised by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and RSL NSW, both of whom I want to thank for their funding and support of this Centre and the service it will provide.”
Veteran Wellbeing Centres/ Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs are a joint strategic initiative of RSL NSW and RSL LifeCare. Find out more in the RSL NSW Strategic Plan 2021-26.