A workshop at Injune in late October will give participants practical tools to create a life with
purpose and build strategies to deal with emotional challenges.

South West Hospital and Health Service Regional Adversity Coordinator Gavin Johannesen
said the workshop would help people build belief in themselves and overcome negative
thoughts and emotions.

The Injune workshop will be held on 25 October at the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Hutton St from
9.30 am to 2.30 pm, with light refreshments available.

The workshops will be facilitated by mental health occupational therapist Alexandra Donoghue
from the St George Medical Centre and supported by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“Similar workshops were held at Roma, Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George and Mungindi in
June and July and proved popular,’’ Mr Johannesen said.

“The workshop will provide tools to help you identify what matters to you, how to integrate those
values into everyday life and how to deal with negativity and stuff that gets in the way.

“It will also incorporate strategies to deal with the difficulties that life can throw at us, and help
individuals to strengthen their relationship with themselves – their own self-esteem and inner
strength.

“It’s a great way to learn about yourself and what matters to you.’’

(TRAIC is an acronym for Queensland Health’s Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated
Care program.)

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au