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Highlights from the first six months

13 Jan 2014

Queensland’s Mental Health Commissioner has released a paper on achievements from the Commission’s first six months. Highlights include:

  • more than 740 stakeholders participating in forums and meetings held during an initial round of consultation to inform the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Strategic Plan
  • commencing work on the Commission’s first Ordinary Report, which will be on systemic issues in social housing
  • responding to the review of the Mental Health Act 2002
  • supporting Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services to develop a costed options paper on the need to expand services for mothers with peri/post natal depression
  • commissioning a review of EDLinQ, a program undertaken with schools to address the early detection and intervention of mental disorders in children and young people
  • leading Queensland's response to strategic planning and coordination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and substance misuse issues at a national level
  • funding seven Hospital and Health Services to provide dedicated clinical positions linked to managing people at risk of suicide
  • funding beyondblue: the national depression initiative to provide a range of community awareness, education and stigma reduction activities
  • supporting a range of organisations including MATES in Construction and Suicide Prevention Australia
  • supporting activities relating to consumers, families and carers, including providing funding to the national consumers forum and recruiting for a dedicated project officer.

For more information, read the Commissioner's full report.