Applications close at 9am on Monday, 8 February 2021

Are you a consumer with a lived experience of accessing a Youth SUSD service or other child and youth mental health service in Queensland Health? Are you a carer with a lived experience of caring for a person who has accessed a Youth SUSD service or other child and youth mental health service in Queensland Health.

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Department of Health is seeking one consumer representative and one carer representative to participate as equal members on the Youth Step Up Step Down (Youth SUSD) Advisory Committee.

What is the Youth SUSD service

The Youth SUSD services support young people aged 16-21 years who are experiencing mental health issues and who do not require hospital care but who would benefit from more intensive mental health recovery support in a rehabilitative and residential setting.

The services offer short-term, sub-acute community bed-based mental health support and treatment with a recovery focus for young people to ‘step up’ from the community to reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital care. It also enables timely discharge for young people to ‘step down’ from hospital care to support transition to their home and community. You can find out more here:

Purpose of the Committee

This Youth SUSD Advisory Committee provides advice to support the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) role as system manager for the Youth SUSD services in Cairns, Caboolture and Logan including:

Role of the consumer and carer

Consumer and carer members have equal standing to other members on the Committee and contribute their lived experience, feedback and advice (including knowledge of the experience of mental illness and navigating health systems and services) to inform decisions and  facilitate service development activities associated with the Youth SUSD program of work.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would ideally suit a consumer/carer representative with committee experience, either within Queensland Health or within an NGO, with an interest and some knowledge of Queensland’s public mental health service system. Previous or existing consumers of Youth SUSD services are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLY NOW: Find out more and apply by 9am, Monday, 8 February 2021 >