Improving mental health and wellbeing takes time and it is important that our efforts are continually reviewed.
Reform across many sectors has commenced since the release of the whole-of-government Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (2014-2019 Strategic Plan).
To make sure our efforts complement these reforms, and continue to make progress towards achieving better outcomes, the Commission commenced reviewing the state-wide strategic Plan in February 2017.
Through forums and responses to discussion papers, we have heard from over 250 people across the state.
We engaged with people with lived experience, their families, carers and support people as well as front-line providers at forums held in Cairns, Townsville, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Toowoomba.
People attending the forums and responding to discussion papers shared with us what they believe will make a difference in improving mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and to prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and suicide.
We heard, not only about things that need to change, but some examples of what works.
The formal submission process has now closed but you can still share your views on the Strategic Plan by contacting us.
Your voice, one vision
On 10 October 2017, we launched the consultation report Your voice, one vision.
The report draws together the wealth of information and experience shared with us during consultation and sets the scene for future reform in Queensland.
Key findings include that the system should:
- be centred on the diverse and changing needs of Queenslanders
- support recovery and people to live lives with purpose
- coordinate programs and funding to ensure equitable access to services and better outcomes for people
- promote and support coordination, collaboration and integration within and across services and sectors
- place greater focus on prevention and early intervention
- enable flexibility and remove barriers to accessing services
- tailor policies, programs and services to better respond to the needs and goals of Queenslanders
- provide stepped care options that are linked to other support services
- reduce stigma and discrimination
- ensure meaningful engagement with the community and people with a lived experience.
Read the media statement Mental health reforms need to focus on people.
Our next steps
We will use the consultation findings in talks with decision-makers, and to guide development of a renewed Strategic Plan, due in 2018.