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FLTLT Melody Earl
FLIGHT sergeant Gary Browning ex-
perienced the ride of his life when he
rode his motorcycle from Adelaide to
the Red Centre to raise awareness and
money to fight depression.
About 250 motorcyclists from
around the nation joined him for the
Black Dog Ride in late August.
The four-day trip stopped at Port
Augusta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs
and Glen Helens in central Australia.
At last count, FSGT Browning, of
RAAF Base Edinburgh, had raised
$2789 – with $2369 of that being
donated from Edinburgh.
The funding will support the Black
Dog Institute which provides educa-
tion and research on depression.
The PTI from 24SQN, who is
recovering from depression, hopes to
show people they are not alone and
support is available if they are willing
He said telling his executive offic-
er he had depression was one of the
best things he had done.
“I am relieved that I can be so
open about my journey through
depression and share the effects
it has in every aspect of my life,”
FSGT Browning said.
“Once I’d spoken out, I felt like the
world had lifted off my shoulders.”
FSGT Browning joined the
Air Force in 1983 and he first had
depression in the late 1990s before it
returned 18 months ago.
After reaching out to his chain
of command about six months ago,
he was assigned a case worker, who
facilitated his medical support.
His work schedule has changed to
support half days and he has received
great support from a number of peo-
ple at Edinburgh and beyond.
It was suggested by his support
network on base that he pursue activi-
ties that inspired and engaged him. His
1800cc Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle
is a great passion, after his partner and
“Getting out on the motorbike is
one of the biggest things I enjoy,” he
“To coincide that with raising
awareness and money for depression
is a plus. Luckily I’ve never gone
down the road of feeling suicidal
but if I can help somebody come
back from that stage then anything
I’ve gone through is worthwhile.”
XO 24SQN SQNLDR Matt Grant
said the rehabilitation program had
been a team effort between FSGT
Browning, the unit and Defence medi-
FSGT Browning’s message is
“The quicker you get a hold of
depression the easier it is to treat, like
out on his
riding to raise
to fight the
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