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Young Veterans Pilot program a Success

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has partnered with Currumbin RSL and Young Veterans to pilot an innovative program for returned veterans.  As part of the National; Trust’s commitment to community, we have devised a program called Veterans for Wildlife hosted by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Hospital.

The program aims to:

  • encourage involvement in community activities
  • reduce social isolation
  • increase social connectedness
  • increase mental wellness 
  • provide a pathway for volunteer work and/or study

We all know that animals can give people a sense of purpose and for many years therapy animals have been used to assist people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  This same thinking was applied through our program offering interaction with animals that reside in the Sanctuary as well as through wildlife patients of the hospital.