MEDIA RELEASE – Rolling out a state-wide social prescribing trial would be a positive step in easing loneliness in the community and building population-wide mental wellbeing, according to the state’s peak body for the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector.

At the start of the first Loneliness Awareness Week (7-14 August), the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is urging the State Government to follow the recommendations of the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Isolation and Loneliness, which reported in 2021.

“That inquiry advised the Government to implement a state-wide trial of social prescription which is monitored, evaluated and reviewed,” QAMH CEO Jennifer Black said.

“Funding social prescription, which develops and draws on naturally occurring community resources, would improve mental wellbeing and help alleviate pressure on acute clinical health services.”

Social prescribing is broadly defined as the practice of health professionals linking patients with social services and social groups. It is rapidly gaining traction internationally and is now embedded within the UK National Health System, with the employment of 1,700 additional “link” workers.

Ms Black said that existing community-managed mental health organisations in Queensland were well-placed to play a key role in developing social prescribing models across the state.

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Media contact:
Emma Griffiths
QAMH Director – Advocacy and Communications
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health
M: 0439 971 080
E: egriffiths@qamh.org.au