South Australia

Derrick McManus, the founder of the Australian Centre for Human Durability is a 42-year veteran of South Australian Police.

Derrick has taken the experience of him being shot 14 times, surviving and then thriving afterwards and developed tools and models to help anyone not only recover from adversity but thrive in the face of adversity.

This is applicable to Police, Army, Navy and Airforce; medical staff, volunteers and full-time; family, supporter and children.

Derrick has worked with children in schools, run workshops for the RAAF high-performance program, run sessions at military mental well-being days, run multiple sessions for the Joint Operations Command.

He was a sniper, recovery diver and trained by the military SAS in counter-terrorist tactics.

When he was shot 14 times, with a military rifle, and lying on the ground for 3 hours with multiple massive life-threatening injuries.
He lost so much blood, his vision closed down and he saw the white light of death.
Doctors say he should not have survived. Doctors say he should never walk properly again. Doctors thought he would be in psych therapy for decades.

Derrick defied all the odds and returned to work on full duties after 2.5 yrs of physical rehab.
However, psychologically, he was diagnosed with no anxiety, stress, depression or PTSD as a result of the shooting.

Derrick has taken the experience of the shooting and recovery and create a system and tools that can assist anyone to prepare for adversity or to move from where they are now to where they want to be. This applies to physical, mental and emotional space.

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Counselling
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Support
  • Family Support
  • Helpline
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Physical Wellbeing
  • Regional Support
  • Social Community Engagement Support
  • Transition
  • Transition - Building Youth capacity
  • Welfare


Ph 0414600069

Hours of Operation

9 - 5 for 7 days a week and then by appointment.


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