Trish Walding is the wellbeing and education operations manager for southeast Queensland and has been one of the pioneers in the field across the state.
Walding spent almost three years based in the Central Division (Region) as the first member of staff on the QRL to be employed fulltime in the role; and her success led to the QRL expanding the program statewide.
Walding said her role could be split into four essential components.
Care – offering support to players and anybody in the rugby league community
Crisis – offering emergency services and critical response teams to clubs or communities in crisis
Community – fostering relationships and partnerships with external community groups
Education – educating players from the grassroots all the way up to the NRL
Part of that includes education classes for junior representative players, ongoing care and support for Intrust Super Cup players and offering mental health care and referrals for grassroots clubs and players.