An Urgent Need for Change
The Wellbeing First report examines the urgent and compelling need for change in the mental health system. It is a call to fundamentally shift the focus of our sector from managing illness to actively supporting wellbeing.
The report is informed by eight months of research and exploration. The research was led by QAMH CEO Jennifer Black with guidance from Jose Ramos (Action Foresight) and Helen Glover (Enlightened Consultants).
The Wellbeing First report is based on three key points:
The current system has been repeatedly identified as one which is struggling with demand, fragmented, siloed and difficult for the public to navigate.
The system continues to face unprecedented pressure from the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Human distress does not always need a medical response. For this reason, we need to move beyond current models of care, and pivot to a contemporary whole of community approach that places Wellbeing First.
In this report, the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) calls for fundamental changes to the way we fund and position Community Mental Health and Wellbeing services in Queensland.