The impact of programs like these cannot be underestimated and we are pleased to partner with MESHA to make it available to more members of our community.

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Veterans SA has teamed up with Military and Emergency Service Health Australia (MESHA), to deliver a program of workshops designed to equip veterans and Australian Defence Force (ADF) partners with the tools for success – both personally and professionally.

Beginning in June 2024, the popular MindRight and StoryRight Program workshops will be available to transitioning and former ADF personnel in South Australia.

Delivered by MESHA, the programs will equip attendees with the support tools needed to navigate the transition process and post-service life and achieve personal and professional goals.

In an Australian first, both programs will also be tailored to meet the unique needs of Defence and veteran partners. The tailored MindRight workshop will guide partners to navigate change, explore goals, values, and strengths to open the door to a renewed sense of purpose.

“The impact of programs like these cannot be underestimated and we are pleased to partner with MESHA to make it available to more members of our community,” said Veterans SA Acting Director Rebecca van Reesema.

The workshops can be undertaken in isolation or together, with each uniquely designed to fulfill distinct needs in the transition process. MindRight delves into participants’ expectations of themselves, their identity in and out of uniform and provides them with a clear sense of purpose as they embark on their next chapter. StoryRight helps translate skills and experience gained in the military into a language that can be easily understood by civilian employers.

The StoryRight program for partners will help participants understand their unique skill set and enhance their communication skills to pursue new opportunities.

The first two partner workshops will be held in August, spread over two shorter days, with onsite childcare provided.

“Defence and veteran partners encounter a unique set of challenges associated with life as a military family, including impacts on their own career progression and ambitions,” said Ms van Reesema. “We are committed to exploring ways in which we can improve outcomes and extend opportunities to partners, and are confident these new programs will help participants on their path to future success.”

Dr Karen May Associate Director for MESHA welcomed Veteran SA’s support for the expansion of MESHA’s MindRight and StoryRight programs.

“It’s exciting that this funding will enable us to develop a new and innovative program to support Defence spouses to seek employment as well,” she said.

“This is an area of need that I have personally been aware of for nearly 10 years with spouses and ADF members expressing concerns around moving locations, supporting children and sometimes forgoing their own education, training and career goals as a result.”

Registrations for the June and August workshops are now open. The sessions are free to attend, however numbers are limited to 12 participants per workshop.

Four additional sessions will also be delivered later this year to accommodate more than 100 participants throughout 2024.

Learn more and register to attend.