Queensland ESO Forum15 November 2023
Earlier this month, on Friday 3 November, RSL Queensland and Legacy Brisbane hosted the second Queensland Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) Forum for 2023
The Forum welcomed more than 80 attendees from 40 organisations across the sector who came together for a day of collaboration and connection.
Setting sights on the year ahead, the Forum provided the opportunity for ESOs to share their vision and key learnings and consider collaboration on future initiatives to better support veterans and their families.
Presentations and updates were shared from RSL Queensland, Legacy Brisbane, Young Veterans, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Defence, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) and the Repatriation Medical Authority, which all placed a key emphasis on veterans’ health and wellbeing. Queensland Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans’ Affairs and the Public Sector, Bart Mellish MP also addressed the Forum.
Participants had the opportunity to ask questions of each of the presenters, and there was a particular focus on health initiatives and transition support services for the Defence and veteran community.
Throughout the day, there was a sense of shared purpose and mutual support in the room, with ESOs keen to continue working together to advocate for the needs of veterans and their families, to secure a bright future for current and ex-serving Defence personnel.