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Ipswich to have say on State mental health, alcohol & drug strategies

23 Mar 2017

The Ipswich community is being encouraged to comment on a high level plan that sets the direction of action to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 is a whole of government plan first released in 2014.

On March 28 and 29, the Queensland Mental Health Commission will host consultation forums on the Strategic Plan at the Ipswich Civic Centre, Limestone Street, Ipswich.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said: “It is important that the voices of all Queenslanders, from all sectors, are heard during the renewal process.

“We’ll be in Ipswich to listen to the perspectives of Ipswich people about the needs and priorities of their community.

“It is particularly important that we hear from people with lived experience of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and those affected by suicide, as well as their families, carers and supporters.”

Dr van Schoubroeck noted that significant mental health reform, action and new services had been delivered across Queensland.

“Improving mental health and wellbeing takes time and it is important that our efforts are continually reviewed to ensure they meet the changing needs of Queenslanders and align with recent reforms,” she said.

Discussion papers on key topics are available for comment. Registrations for the two Ipswich forums are under ‘Strategic Plan renewal’ on the Commission’s website

Location Date Forum
Ipswich 28 March 2017 Lived experience forum
29 March 2017 Community forum