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Relating to community legal services

18 Mar 2014

Queensland's Mental Health Commissioner attended the Community Legal Services Conference to provide an overview of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, its strategic plan and relevance to community legal centres. Read the Commissioner's presentation to the Community Legal Services Conference.

You can also read more about the Queensland Mental Health Commission's emerging principles outlined in the presentation.

Emerging principles


The unique views, needs and strengths of people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds are acknowledged, respected and valued. 

Our responses must utilise these strengths and meet the specific needs of vulnerable population groups in Queensland.

Rights and dignity

The rights and dignity of people living with mental illness or harmful drug use, as well as their families and carers, are embraced and upheld at all times. 

Person centred

The unique experiences and needs of the individual are the central focus of our work. 

People living with mental illness or harmful drug use, as well as their families and carers must be engaged as genuine partners in advising and guiding reform and participate in the development, planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of policy and programs.

Quality of life

Everyone, regardless of the presence of mental health or drug related problems, has a right to a home, meaningful relationships, good physical health care, quality treatment and support services when needed and opportunities for inclusion through education, employment or community participation.


Strategies, actions and interventions must be responsive to a range of health and social needs at all stages of the life course, from  infancy, childhood, adolescence through to adulthood and older age with a focus on maintaining or recovering wellbeing. Prevention and early intervention will lessen the likelihood and impact of illness.

Collaboration and integration

Improving mental health and minimising harmful drug use is a shared responsibility across all areas but particularly health, employment, housing, education and justice. 

Partnerships and collaboration between government, non-government and community stakeholders strengthen our collective impact in improving outcomes for Queenslanders. 

Fair and accessible

Priority and resources are allocated to groups and populations based on need through analysis of data and emerging trends. 

All programs and services are accessible, available as close to home as possible and underpinned by contemporary evidence and principles of best practice.