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Our role

We are committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and minimising the impact of substance misuse in our communities.

To do this we bring together experience and professional expertise by partnering with the community, government, and industry across a range of areas including health, employment, education, housing and justice.

Through these partnerships, we find solutions and guide action to improve the systems that support people with, or at higher risk of, mental illness or substance misuse, as well as their families, carers, support persons, and the Queensland community.

We do not have a formal role in individual complaints or concerns about services and do not provide counselling, treatment or support services. We will refer these matters to the appropriate agency.

To improve and integrate the mental health and drug and alcohol systems in Queensland we:


We strengthen the voice of all Queenslanders affected by mental illness or substance misuse by seeking and listening to their views. We understand that there are many different perspectives and listen to a broad range of stakeholders to determine our priorities and inform our work.


We focus on finding solutions and providing evidence-based advice to government on a range of issues and emerging trends. We engage with our stakeholders to develop, monitor and report on a whole-of-government strategic plan to strengthen the mental health and drug and alcohol systems in Queensland.


We know that the responsibility for improving mental health and minimising the impact of substance misuse in our community does not rest with one sector or agency alone. We unite community, government and industry to share the opportunities and benefits of working together.

Last updated 16 March 2017

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