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The Community Mental Health Workforce Project
Despite the community mental health and wellbeing sector being a crucial part of the mental health service system in Queensland there is a lack of contemporary information regarding the workforce. The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presented additional demands and challenges for a sector already struggling with the changes brought about by the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Community Mental Health Workforce Project provides a snapshot of the Queensland community mental health and wellbeing workforce in 2021 and an understanding of the key challenges faced by the sector. This review was conducted in collaboration with our members and related stakeholders. The identification of key areas for consideration will inform future initiatives to ensure the viability and sustainability of the sector.
Mental Health Service System Changes: Experiences of COVID-19 Project
In March 2020, the Queensland Government introduced a range of restrictions and social distancing measures in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. All elements of the mental health service system were required to rethink traditional models of care including significantly reducing face-to-face service delivery. This presented an opportunity to review and reflect on these changes, and to identify innovations and service models that might enhance care and improve outcomes in the long term.
To investigate this, the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch of Queensland Health funded the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health to undertake this Project in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland, Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Services and Brisbane South PHN.
Co-designing a service model to improve the physical health and wellbeing of consumers with mental health and/or alcohol and other drug issues
People who access mental health services, support someone who accesses services or provide community mental health services in the Brisbane North region, participated in co-design workshop activities to:
The Stretch2Engage (S2E) project’s purpose is to develop a contemporary set of best practice principles that underpin great service engagement activities for service improvement in Queensland’s mental health, alcohol and other drug sectors. The project is funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) as part of its commitment to the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019.
For more information about this project please visit the Stretch2Engage website.
Commonwealth Mental Health Programs Monitoring Project
In partnership, Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) and The University of Sydney are collating, analysing and reporting, on data available regarding the transition of Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs), Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
We would like to thank the QAMH members providing these programs that are involved in the collection of this data.
Queensland Transition to NDIS for Mental Health Strategic Forum
The Queensland Transition to NDIS for Mental Health Strategic Forum (QTN Forum) discusses specific issues for people who live with a mental illness, mental health service providers, representative bodies and state and commonwealth governments in the plans to roll-out the NDIS in Queensland.
The forum is chaired by QAMH Acting CEO, Jacklyn Whybrow.
The Group welcomes input and feedback from the community. If organisations or community members have any questions for consideration, please email Julia Riordan at " target="_blank" rel="noopener"> or phone 07 3252 9411.
For more information read the Terms of Reference.