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Frequently asked questions

What is the Leading Reform Summit?

The Leading Reform Summit sets the agenda for ongoing reform of Queensland’s mental health, alcohol and other drug and suicide prevention system.

The two-day program aligns with the key focus areas of Shifting minds, the Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan, the touchstone document for system reform in Queensland.

The venue for the 2019 Summit is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Grey Street, South Brisbane.

Who can attend?

The Summit is a by-invitation-only event that brings together leading thinkers and influencers, clinicians, service providers, policy makers, planners, decision-makers and people with lived experience to drive reform of the mental health, AOD and suicide prevention system in Queensland.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to leaders who are invited to attend the Summit.

Do I need to do or bring anything specific to the Summit?

There isn't anything you need bring except yourself, your desire to hear great speakers and test current thinking, and your willingness to contribute to the solutions that will reform the system.

What happens at the Summit?

The packed two-day program includes speakers, panel discussions and audience interaction on the important topics of suicide prevention, better lives and lived experience, whole-of-system improvement, and invest to save.

As the audience comprises sector leaders, there are no break-out sessions. Everyone in the room can listen to and participate in every session.

Who are the speakers at the Summit?

The two-day program includes more than 50 speakers and panel members, including:

• Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Advisor to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
• Leilani Darwin, Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre Black Dog Institute
• Professor John Mendoza, Director of ConNetica
• Luke Terry, Co-Founder and CEO Whitebox Enterprises, and QUT Resident Social Entrepreneur
• Dr Peggy Brown, Consultant Psychiatrist Limen health Care Consulting, Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General Department fo Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
• Georgie Harman, CEO Beyondblue
• Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen

Can I attend for just one of the two days?

It would be ideal if all delegates could attend all the sessions to get a full picture of the reform required for the mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention sector, and to share information, ideas and the innovations that can drive sector reform.

We understand that some delegates may have other commitments. To make sure you don’t miss out, the Queensland Mental Health Commission will continue the conversation online over the next 12 months to build on the momentum of our 2019 Summit. We would love you to join us online to celebrate our milestones in leading reform and to get the latest news, evidence, frameworks and information to guide ongoing reform.

If I've been invited, can I bring people with me?

While we try to accommodate requests for additional people, we try to ensure people who are invited have the first opportunity to attend.

We are more than happy to keep the names of additional people on an expression of interest wait list. The majority of people get a ticket.

If I can't attend, what do I do?

If you find your circumstances have changed and you are unable to attend one or both of the two days of Summit, please let us know as soon as possible.

This will allow people who are currently on the wait list to be able to join us in your place.

What time should I arrive?

We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early if you would like to grab a coffee and network with the people you know or would like to meet.

How do I find out more about the Summit?

You can look at the other pages on this website, or download the Leading Reform Summit App to find out more information, connect with other delegates, speakers and panellists and contribute to audience discussions or to ask questions of speakers or other delegates.

Do I need to bring my own food or buy my own lunch?

The Leading Reform Summit is a catered event providing lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and refreshments including tea, coffee and water for all registered delegates, speakers and panellists.

I have questions about the venue for the Summit. Where can I get them answered?

You can find out all the information you need to know about the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), including car parking and other transport options, accessibility, wi fi, visitor services, navigating the BCEC, nearby accommodation, cafes and restaurants, conditions of entry and other details on the BCEC website:

Where can I provide feedback on the Summit?

We'd be delighted to receive your feedback and your topic and speaker ideas for next year.

You can complete the anonymous survey here, or email us your thoughts.

Can I register for the 2020 Summit?

You can email your expression of interest to

How do I contact the Summit organisers?

If you have any questions about the Summit, you can contact the Summit team by calling 1300 855 945 or by emailing