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The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) was established on 1 July 2013 as a statutory body under the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013.

Under the Act our purpose is to drive ongoing reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and substance misuse system.

In line with our legislation, our job is to:

  • Develop a whole of government strategic plan by working together with consumers, families, carers, government and non-government stakeholders. Our role is to then facilitate, support and report on our work and the work of others who put the Strategic Plan into action
  • Carry out, support and contribute to reviews, research and evaluation
  • Facilitate and promote awareness, prevention and early intervention strategies
  • Establish and support mechanisms to improve system governance, such as the Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council and promoting consumer, family and carer engagement and leadership.

Our focus is on increasing knowledge, understanding and information sharing through partnerships, public reports and community awareness activities. We work closely with the community, government, and industry in areas including health, employment, education, housing and justice.

The Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council provides advice and guidance on mental health and substance misuse issues and makes recommendations on how we fulfil our function.


Last updated 8 March 2016

QMHC latest news

QMHC eNews – Issue 44
Commissioner’s viewpoint Strategic Plan renewal: next steps Those who took part in consultations in recent months have given us valuable insight for renewing the mental health, alcohol and... Read more >

New grants boost to QMHW
MEDIA RELEASE Grants totalling $85,000 are available to communities across the State to host Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) community awareness events. Individual grants up to $2,500 are... Read more >

QMHC eNews – Issue 43
Commissioner’s viewpoint First impressions Two weeks into the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner role and I am overwhelmed by the level of commitment and motivation that has been expressed... Read more >