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Human rights

Parliamentary Inquiry

The Queensland Parliament’s Inquiry into whether Queensland should have a Human Rights Act… Read more

Perspectives of lived experience

People with lived experience give their perspective of mental illness treatment and rights protection… Watch the video

Mental health legislation

Mental health legislation aims to protect the human rights of people receiving or being assessed for involuntary treatment… Read more

Wolston Park

The reconciliation process for women placed in Wolston Park adult mental health facilities as children… Read more



Read our comments on Electroconvulsive Therapy… Read more

Our role

The Commission’s role is to drive ongoing reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and substance misuse system. In doing so our legislation requires that we promote the best interests of people with mental health or substance misuse issues, and their families, carers and support persons.

Respect for human rights is fundamental to supporting recovery of people living with mental illness, mental health problems and problematic alcohol and other drug use. It enables individuals to be socially included, have lives with purpose through participation in education, employment and access to services such as health and housing services.

The Commission is contributing to a number of initiatives that promote respect for the human rights of people with mental illness, drug and alcohol issues and those impacted by suicide.

Last updated 20 March 2017

QMHC latest news

QMHC eNews – Issue 42
Commissioner’s Update New mental health commissioner I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for their support for the Commission in its first four... Read more >

Inaugural Commissioner’s final speech
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Expression of interest: Stigma and discrimination
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