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2014-2019 Strategic Plan

The first statewide strategic plan, the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 was published in October 2014, providing the foundation for ongoing reform across a wide range of sectors.

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, including those with mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drugs use and those affected by suicide. The plan is supported by a strategic plan summary for quick review.

The delivery of strategic plan is a one of the requirements of our legislation.

About the plan

The plan is based on:

  • evidence about the prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders
  • research about what works
  • what we heard from people across Queensland including people mental illness, problematic alcohol or other drugs use, or affected by suicide, as well as their families, carers and supporters.

Other members of the community, government agencies, industry, businesses and the community sector shared their ideas and concerns. The plan brings together the best ideas to shape a new direction for mental health, drug and alcohol reform

Vision and outcomes

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is underpinned by a vision and outcomes, as well as seven principles to guide collective reform.

Pillars of reform

Improvements in the mental health, drug and alcohol service systems are supported by four pillars of reform that will lead to a better quality of life and better outcomes for people living with mental illness or problematic alcohol and other drug use.

They are: better services; better awareness, prevention and early intervention; better engagement and collaboration; and better transparency and accountability.

Shared commitments to action

Eight shared commitments to action address immediate priorities and will strengthen partnerships and capacity for collective action over the life of the plan.

Action plans

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan has resulted in five Action Plans that address priorities outlined under the shared commitments to action.

Reporting and reviewing the plan

It is critical to determine whether our collective actions under the strategic plan are making a difference. We measure the progress of the Strategic Plan towards achieving its vision and outcomes, and monitor implementation of commitments under each action plan.

  • Annual performance indicator reports track those statistical indicators that influence the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, including those with mental illness and problematic alcohol and other drugs use.
  • Annual implementation reports track implementation of Action plan commitments.
  • Strategic plan renewal. A review process must be undertaken within five years to make sure the plan continues to meet changing needs and circumstances.