Closing date: 9am, Monday 1 March 2021

The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) is inviting people with lived experience of the Queensland Health’s Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) programs within the last 12-24 months to join a Steering Committee to support an evaluation project.

Queensland Health’s Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch has commissioned QCMHR to evaluate the four Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) programs delivered by non-government organisations, in order to inform their future design, delivery and sustainability.

What are the MHCSS programs?

Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) are non-clinical recovery-focused psychosocial wraparound support services delivered one-to-one, peer-to-peer or group-based depending on the person’s recovery needs.  Find out more > https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/clinical-staff/mental-health/community-services

Role of the consumer and purpose of the Steering Committee

Members who have lived experience of the MHCSS program(s) will have equal participation on the Steering Group and contribute their lived experience (including knowledge of the experience of mental illness and navigating health systems and services) to guide the evaluation of these services being delivered across Queensland and provide feedback on:

  • the research plan (March/April 2020),
  • the interview questions (March/April 2021),
  • the early findings (August/September 2021),
  • and the overall key findings, conclusions and recommendations that come from the full evaluation (December 2021).

This opportunity would ideally suit a  consumer who has:

  • committee experience, either partnering with Queensland Health or within a Non-government Organisation,
  • an interest and some knowledge of Queensland’s community mental health service system,
  • previous (within the last 24 months) or existing consumers of the MHCSS programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Find out more and apply >