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Rural and remote drought and disaster community grants

Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program grants 2018-2019

The Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) grants program is in its third year and encourages community-based groups to develop and promote mental health support in regions affected droughts, disasters and other crises.

The 2018 -2019 TRAIC Grants co-design procurement approach allowed rural stakeholders to be involved in developing program ideas. Local councils, non-government organisations, people with a lived experience of mental health, and community members had a say on projects that would meet the needs of the community.

The $600,000 TRAIC grants are funded as part of the $3.5 million Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care scheme, announced November 2015.

TRAIC Grants Recipients

The following 12 successful organisations will be developing community resilience-building strategies, projects and activities that grow community networks, build awareness of mental health issues, and encourage individuals to seek help if needed.

Hospital & Health Service Applicant Project Name Project

Cairns and Hinterland

Agforce Queensland Farmers Limited

Our Agribusiness Expos - strengthening communities through education and support Three ‘marquee’ events will be delivered in Malanda, Mareeba and Mount Surprise. The project aims to improve mental health literacy through the delivery of targeted education sessions and the presence of support services providing information on how to seek help.
Central Queensland Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice Assn Inc Enabling and Enhancing Community Wellbeing in the Banana Shire The project will deliver train-the-trainer suicide prevention workshops, enhancing community resilience around suicide prevention and increasing mental health literacy. The aim is to build resilient communities that can recognise when mental health problems develop and be able to seek help when needed.
Central Queensland Regional Council

Providing Counselling by Chance and Let's Talk Suicide

The project will deliver education sessions in Capella, Gemfields, and Tieri and focus on youth in Blackwater and Emerald. Participants will increase their understanding of mental health issues and learn the basic skills to support someone in an emotional crisis or at risk of suicide by learning how to recognise, respond and refer to an appropriate service for assistance.
Wide Bay North Burnett Regional Council Reconnecting Communities The project will provide a series of comedy events across communities that have been impacted by the culminative effects of both drought and flooding. The events provide an opportunity to openly discuss mental health issues and share concerns about issues impacting on the community.

Uniting Care Community

Project Seahorse, Riding the waves of life, resiliently Coordinated by the Discovery Coast Wellness Group, the project aims to address stigma around mental illness through different strategies including an innovative film project and promotion of an easily recognisable emblem to break down mental health communication barriers.
Central West Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Ltd Dress the Central West The project will deliver regional showcase events, including creative skills based workshops, focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. Workshop participants will be provided with information about mental health and encouraging help-seeking behaviour.
Townsville Prospect Community Services

Building Connected Communities

The project will increase the networking and partnership capacity of organisations to address local mental health issues and train local champions to promote suicide prevention awareness. Local 'mental health' champions in the Cardwell, Home Hill, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Ayr, Hughenden and Richmond areas will promote positive messages about mental wellness and encourage people to seek help when needed.

Darling Downs HHS Agforce Queensland Farmers Limited

Darling Downs Wellbeing Project

The project will focus on events that raise awareness, educate and support regional communities about the importance of good mental health under the guise of entertainment. Entertainment events will take in several drought affected communities including Chinchilla, Stanthorpe and Kingaroy.
North West HHS McKinlay Shire Council Celebrating our Volunteers The project will build the capacity of volunteers to help reinvigorate much needed social events and activities in the community. The project culminates in a two-day whole of community event that will focus on building connectedness to improve the wellbeing of the community.

Cloncurry Shire Council

Cloncurry Community Wellness Project The project will include three community driven projects with the aim to encourage people to seek positive help prior to mental health conditions going from manageable to crisis. The projects aim to address social isolation, lack of access to services and mental health information.
Mackay HHS Girudala Community Co-operative Society Ltd Whitsunday Opening Doors The project will implement community mental health ‘heroes’ modelling help-seeking behaviour with the aim to address lack of knowledge about the early signs of distress and mental health stigma.
Emergency and Long-Term Accommodation Inc

Stronger Smarter Communities

The project will promote a “grass roots” approach to early suicide prevention by connecting with people when they start to become vulnerable. The group work collaboratively in the community to deliver multiple programs to increase mental health literacy and promote help-seeking behaviours.
South West HHS

Murweh Shire Council

Murweh Shire Community Drought Strategic Project

The Murweh Community Drought Strategic Project will deliver a program of community workshops and a major event in drought affected communities in Augathella, Morven, Charleville and Cooladdi to improve mental health literacy and information on accessing mental health services.

For more information about the TRAIC Program please email

Last updated: 30 July 2018