Drought Wellbeing Service

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Since April 2015, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) has been leading the Drought Wellbeing Service across Queensland. This program offers free-of-charge counselling and support to people living and working in rural and remote areas impacted by drought.

Our Mental Health Clinicians are specifically trained and available to assist people with a range of health and wellbeing issues. The Drought Wellbeing Service offers a confidential and safe environment for individuals to express their concerns and, more importantly, to help provide solutions and strategies to overcome these problems. 

Our service has been designed to help prevent and resolve a wide range of conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and sleep problems. As well as providing clinical counselling services, our Drought Wellbeing Service Clinicians are also available for talks, presentations and workshops including Pit-Stop health checks and participation in community events.

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Access to our free-of-charge Drought Wellbeing Service is as easy as picking up the phone. 

To arrange an appointment, or talk things through with one of our Mental Health Clinicians, contact your local RFDS team through the details below. 


Your local RFDS Drought Wellbeing Service team (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

North West and Central West

  • Dr Tim Driscoll, Clinical Lead, Outback Mental Health 0438 324 226

South West 

  • Karen Sherlock, Senior Mental Health Clinician 0418 358 083
  • Alex Donoghue, Senior Mental Health Clinician 0447 086 607

For further information regarding Drought Wellbeing Services in your area, contact Gail Jamieson, Manager Outback Mental Health on 0427 288 432 or email infodws@rfdsqld.com.au

24 Hour Helplines

  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Life Line: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back: 1300 659 467
  • Mensline: 1300 78 99 78
  • headspace: (12-25 y/o) 1800 650 890

The Drought Wellbeing Service is funded by the Queensland Government