QAMH Online Members Forum: Lived Experience in Meetings

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Come along to our next Members Forum where we will be joined by Jorgen Gullestrup, CEO of the Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Queensland (MHLEPQ). During this forum the conversation will centre around recognising Lived/Living Experience in meetings and events.

Jorgen will speak about:

Recognition of Lived Experience
Creating a safe agenda
Acknowledging power difference in the room
Clarity on process and outcome
Reporting back and transparency


Jorgen Gullestrup is the CEO of the Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Queensland (MHLEPQ). The MHLEPQ was created in Queensland in 2022 to provide collective advocacy and systems advice informed by persons of lived experience of the Queensland mental health system. Jorgen identifies as having lived experience of mental illness and as a suicide survivor. Born in Denmark Jorgen migrated to Australia in 1988 as a plumber. He worked as a construction worker and as a workplace health and safety advisor before becoming an official with the Queensland Plumbers Union in 1994. From 2001 to 2007 he led the Union as State Secretary and National Assistant Secretary. Then in 2007 Jorgen started the Charity MATES in Construction, a peer-based suicide prevention program designed for and by construction workers in Queensland. In 2022 Jorgen became the CEO of MHLEPQ.

Jorgen has a Masters Degree in Suicidology and is currently a PhD candidate researching help offering amongst men in suicide prevention. Jorgen is a 2017 Churchill Fellow investigating approaches to workplace suicide prevention and mental health globally and a 2018 Suicide Prevention Australia LIFE Award recipient for Sector Leadership.

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We look forward to our member’s continued involvement and engagement in our member’s forums.

QAMH represents over 100 members in the Queensland Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector, and people with experiences of psychosocial disability.

Through QAMH, members have the access to resources that strengthen their organisations, a platform to connect with colleagues, and create a solid evidence base for community mental health interventions.

Our member’s support has enabled QAMH to deliver some positive outcomes for the mental health sector in terms of advocacy, influence, representation and sector development.

Membership with QAMH includes a range of benefits as part of our commitment:

  • Representation and advocacy
  • Opportunity to influence Queensland’s community mental health landscape
  • Strategic support
  • Delivery of latest and most relevant Information
  • Training, forums, and development opportunities
  • Invitations to member-only events.

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If you are interested in discussing membership, please contact QAMH, via email at or phone 07 3394 8480.
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