CyberBullying Taskforce Launch

QAMH CEO, Kris Trott, recently attended the launch of the Queensland Government’s response to the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report ‘Adjust Our Settings: A community approach to address cyberbullying among children and young people in Queensland’.

QAMH made a submission to the Taskforce and raised the following:

  • Need for focus on prevention, promotion and early intervention strategies to improve the mental health of young Queenslanders.
  • Ensuring that the Framework to respond to this issue with a whole-of-government strategy that focuses on collaboration across agencies.

The Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced that the government had accepted all 29 recommendations made by the Taskforce, supported by a $3.5 Million pledge to support these recommendations.

The $3.5 million commitment includes:

  • $2 million over two years to develop and roll out awareness and education campaigns to assist the community, parents and carers and young people to understand what cyberbullying is, the harm it can cause and, how we need to address it.
  • $1 million for schools including $450,000 in funding to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to implement the eSmart Schools Program in Queensland schools. Dolly’s Dream Foundation will match this funding with a further $300,000.
  • $500,000 to provide grants to young people and to youth and community organisations that want to undertake their own initiatives to address cyberbullying.

The important message taken from the launch is that cyber bullying is all pervasive and is something that all members of the community play a part in to eradicate such behaviour. 

Pictured with the QAMH CEO, Kris Trott is Principal of All Hallows’, Catherine O’Kane.