Expression of Interest: Focus Groups and Interviews

Seeking input from people who access mental health services, and those who support them, on their experiences of the changes that have occurred across the mental health service system in the Brisbane South region due to COVID-19.

The Project is being delivered through a partnership between QAMH, Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Services (MSAMHS) and Brisbane South PHN.

Queensland Health has funded the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) to undertake the Mental Health Service System Changes: Experiences of COVID-19 Project.

Opportunities to be involved

To understand the experiences of people who access mental health services in Brisbane South, and those who support them, QAMH are conducting focus groups and individual interviews. Participants will only be asked about their experiences of service delivery changes and will not be asked any questions about their health.

Focus Groups

Focus groups will be held during February and March 2021. Each focus group will have 6 – 10 people and go for up to 2 hours.

The focus groups will be facilitated by Leanne (Project Lead) and/or Tina (Lived Experience Advisor).

The focus groups will be online (e.g., via Zoom) or face-to-face.

Participants will be remunerated $80 for their time and contribution to the Project.


Individual Interviews

Individual interviews will also be held during February and March 2021. It is anticipated that each interview will take 30 – 60 minutes.

The interviews will be conducted by Leanne (Project Lead) or Tina (Lived Experience Advisor).

The individual interviews will be conducted over the telephone, via videoconference, or face-to-face (if safe to do so). Participants will be remunerated $40 for their time.

Please note: There are limited opportunities to participate in the focus groups or individual interviews. People will be invited to attend based on the information provided in the expression of interest form. This is to ensure diversity in experiences across the Brisbane South region.

Online Survey

Another option to participate in the Project and to share your views and experiences is to complete an online survey.

The survey will take approximately 30 – 60 minutes to complete, depending on how much information you choose to provide. You can access the online survey here. Completing the survey is voluntary.

The survey will close on 31 March 2021.

To express interest 

If you are interested in participating in a focus group or individual interview, please click here to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible.


If you have any questions or would like any more information about the above opportunities to be involved please contact Project Lead, Leanne Kelly, on 07 3394 8480 or email