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10th December 2020 Latest News Military And Emergency Services Health

Introducing Military and Emergency Services Health Australia

Military and Emergency Services Health Australia   Miranda Van Hooff   Karen May

THRF Group rebrands its charity The Road Home.

The Hospital Research Foundation Group is proud to officially launch Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA), the rebrand of its group charity The Road Home.

MESHA is a new world-class collaborative research institute focused on optimising the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s current and former military members, emergency service personnel and their families. It will have a unique focus on research and programs that are co-designed, guided by and responsive to the immediate and long-term needs of industry.

World-renowned trauma researcher and MESHA’s Executive Director Dr Miranda Van Hooff said the institute, which remains co-located at the Jamie Larcombe Centre in Glenside, South Australia, will play a key role in informing and improving policy across Australia.

“Our institute has a unique focus on collaboration, bringing together both research partners and industry stakeholders to help drive our robust and interdisciplinary research portfolio as well as the development, evaluation and delivery of innovative programs and models of care,” Dr Van Hooff said.

“We adopt a person-centred approach to both research and program delivery for military and emergency services personnel, prioritising the needs, preferences and experiences of our service members and their families to guide all that we do. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health acknowledging that symptom reduction is only part of the story. Our aim is to empower all service personnel and their families to be able to live fulfilling, meaningful lives regardless of their past experiences.

“In addition to research and programs, we’re thrilled to provide a broad range of opportunities for knowledge exchange and training in the prevalence, risk factors and innovative interventions for mental health issues among service personnel and their families.”

MESHA was launched at the annual Remembrance Day Breakfast in Adelaide, attended by members of the veterans’ and emergency services community alongside keynote speaker Curtis McGrath OAM and panel speakers Genevieve Rueger, Graham Cornes OAM and Jock Statton AM.

MESHA has evolved from charity The Road Home, which was established five years ago when THRF Group took over The Repat Foundation following the SA Government’s announcement of the formal closure of the Repatriation General Hospital.


Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA), formerly The Road Home, is a collaborative research institute dedicated to actively informing and improving policy, programs and services for current and former serving Australian military and emergency service personnel and their families.

As part of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, MESHA relies on the support of donors, sponsors and partners to help achieve its purpose.

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Remembrance Day Breakfast 2020

A key event on the South Australian calendar, MESHA’s Remembrance Day Breakfast provides a unique opportunity for attendees to come together to acknowledge the Australian men and women who have served or continue to serve our great Nation.

Gold Sponsor: Flinders University                             Silver Sponsor: Helping Heroes Rehabilitation Services

Keynote Speaker Sponsor: Saab Australia                Panel Sponsor: Babcock Australasia

Table Sponsors

  • Defence SA
  • Veterans SA
  • Ramsay Health Care (SA)
  • Naval Group Australia
  • Nova Group
  • Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation