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Discussion papers

It is important we hear your views to shape the renewed Strategic Plan for Queensland.

We invite the views and experiences of a wide variety of stakeholders from people and organisations representing many sectors, including health, community services, education, employment and local government.

It is particularly important that the voices of people with a lived experience of mental illness, mental health difficulties, suicide and alcohol and other drug issues are heard.

Your feedback is invited on two discussion papers.

You can provide feedback by:

  1. registering to attend a Consultation forum, or
  2. emailing a written submission to


Submissions closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 12 May 2017.

DISCUSSION PAPER 1: A renewed plan for Queensland

The discussion paper, A renewed plan for Queensland (PDF, 845KB): Reviewing the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014–2019 seeks your feedback about reforms and actions that can:

  • improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders
  • prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness
  • prevent and reduce the adverse effects of problematic alcohol and other drug use
  • prevent and reduce the impact of suicide.

It outlines steps taken to implement the Strategic Plan to date and progress made towards achieving its six-long-term outcomes.

DISCUSSION PAPER 2: Engaging people with lived experience

The discussion paper Engaging people with a lived experience: Renewed priorities (PDF, 204KB) considers renewed priorities for meaningful, well-supported engagement of people with a lived experience their families, carers and support people as valued, equal partners in the reform journey.

The review particularly focuses on identifying ways to increase and improve engagement of people with a lived experience to influence policies, programs and service delivery.

Drawing on well-established evidence, policy and practice, and new research, this discussion paper seeks your views about:

  • opportunities to increase meaningful engagement to influence policies, programs and services;
  • opportunities to increase peer work and peer networks
  • future priorities for lived experience engagement and leadership across Queensland
  • examples of good practice, including those that target people from diverse backgrounds.

Promoting lived experience

Promoting lived experience, including individuals, their families, carers and support people to have an active role in shaping policy, programs and services will deliver a more responsive system focused on delivering the best outcomes possible.

Learn more about the Commission’s work in promoting the value of those with a lived experience:

  • There are many ways to effectively engage people with a lived experience, their families and carers. The mapping engagement project maps and measures the level, type and range of engagement of service users, consumers, families and carers within mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors. The project also identified areas of good practice.
  • Best practice principles have been developed to guide organisations to engage service users in the design and delivery of mental health, alcohol and other drugs services as a core business activity.

Last updated 16 May 2017

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