Partners and programs

The Queensland Rugby League wellbeing and education team are employed to support and educate the rugby league community about several societal issues to help make more informed decisions when faced with some tough choices. 

With one in five Australians suffering from a mental illness, we understand that mental health is prevalent in rugby league communities, and therefore the wellbeing team offer one-on-one support and referral services for individuals in need. The wellbeing and education team research and develop programs based on the needs of individuals and clubs. 

Programs

NRL State of Mind

The NRL State of Mind program aims to increase mental health literacy, reduce the stigma around mental illness, start positive conversations and enable connections across communities regarding this important social issue. 

Concussion 

Provides the basics for all members of the rugby league community to help understand concussion definition, identification and return to school and sport protocols.

NRL CareerWise for under 16 to under 18 players

Designed to help athletes be better in every aspect of life. Football careers don't last forever - players should plan for the future. This program helps players develop a career off the football field. 

Anti-doping 

As a professional sportsman, players are subject to the World Anti-Doping Authority procedures – the same as would apply to any other athlete in Australia and many worldwide including Olympians. This program helps players understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to complying with NRL anti-doping rules.

Gratitude and ownership (resilience) 

Research has shown athletes who express gratitude benefit from higher levels of life satisfaction and self-esteem. They sleep better and are more resilient in the face of setbacks. We believe, at QRL, helping players flourish off the field is just as - if not more - important than on-field success.  

Respectful relationships 

The QRL works hard to educate young people about their ethical and legal responsibilities, and potential consequences of their actions, which may change their lives forever; as noted by Senior NRL wellbeing and education manager Paul Heptonstall. 

Drug and alcohol education programs

The NRL’s alcohol management strategy was developed with the help of the Australian Drug Foundation. It ensures a whole of game approach to responsible drinking, from the grassroots clubs through to the QRL.

Social responsibility

This program, which encompasses the NRL Better Choices program, covers a range of social challenges and societal issues including cyber safety, bullying and anti-social behaviour, alcohol, decision-making, caring for self and others. It also covers the legal ramifications of all of these areas.