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Leading Reform Summit 2019


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

A by-invitation event, the Summit is intended to be a catalyst to align leaders, introduce new evidence and strategies, fuel collaboration, harness the collective knowledge of sector leaders and drive the reform agenda forward.

The Summit not only shapes the direction of reform, it asks powerful questions of leaders about the solutions and the actions individual and collective leaders can take to drive system change.

The program

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

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The Summit explores:

  • the key themes and priorities of state and national reform
  • suicide prevention across the population, as well as in at-risk populations
  • developments in lived experience engagement and reaching critical mass in the peer workforce
  • the opportunity of social enterprise for employment, training and better lives for people with lived experience
  • further work around the human rights of people with a lived experience of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and suicide
  • the principles of patient-centred care and putting people before paperwork
  • the expectations young people have of a modern system
  • amplifying the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in system and services reform
  • New Zealand's wellbeing revolution, and shifting the focus upstream to wellbeing and prevention 
  • perspectives of 100 Queenslanders on mental health, AOD, suicide and reform
  • imperative policy reforms for alcohol and other drugs
  • the challenges and opportunities for NGOs in an uncertain funding world.

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The speakers

A range of leading state, national and international thinkers at the cutting edge of reform, including:

  • Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Leilani Darwin, Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre, Black Dog Institute
  • Professor Maree Toombs, Director of Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland
  • Professor John Mendoza, suicide prevention advocate and Director of ConNetica Consulting
  • Dr Peggy Brown, consultant psychiatrist and healthcare consultant
  • Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General of the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Dr John Wakefield, Director-General of  the Queensland Department of Health
  • Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Beyondblue
  • Professor Alison Ritter, Director Drug Policy Modelling Program, The University of NSW
  • Kim Wood, Principal Commissioner, Queensland Productivity Commission
  • Mick Palmer, former Commissioner, Australian Federal Police
  • Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen.


You can contact the Summit team by calling 1300 855 945 or emailing