Johnathan Thurston heading to South Burnett as part of the Tackling Regional Adversity through Connect Communities program

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Greg Neilson Executive Director of MHAODS, and sporting legend Johnathan Thurston

Greg Neilson Executive Director of MHAODS, and sporting legend Johnathan Thurston

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One of Australia’s most successful National Rugby League players, Johnathan Thurston, will be visiting South Burnett towns in the coming weeks.

Funded by the Tackling Regional Adversity through Connect Communities program, the JT Academy will allow young people throughout the South Burnett region to ask the tough question about life after football, career opportunities and how to be the best version of yourself every day.

The TRACC Program provides support to communities experiencing hardship through severe weather events, disasters, or other community crises is an important service supported by Darling Downs Health.

Regional Adversity Clinician Kristie Lambert said the program was an important initiative of Darling Downs Health.

“Not only does the TRACC Program respond after weather events, disasters and the like, but we have a real focus on promoting mental wellness and overcoming adversities, so who better than JT to come and share with the community about resilience and wellbeing through such a long and successful sporting career.”

Executive Director of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug services Greg Neilson said it was important for regional communities to gather and discuss what was happening in their area.

“The South Burnett is a very decentralised part of our health service, and these community activities will provide the opportunity for people from the various townships to come and gather together and share their experiences over the past two years,” Mr Neilson said.

“I encourage the South Burnett community to participate in the events that TRACC will facilitate and continue to be involved after the activities are over.”

The JT Academy will be visiting the following locations:

Monday 23 May

Kingaroy State High School

St Mary’s High School

Kingaroy Red Ants Football Club

Tuesday 24 May

Murgon State High School

Murgon Men’s Shed

Kingaroy Town Hall/Forecourt – public welcome from 4pm

Wednesday 25 May

Nanango State High School

Yarraman State School