Closing date: 5pm, Friday 19th June 2020

The Department of Health is providing a unique opportunity for several health consumer representatives with a lived experience of mental health, alcohol or other drug issues to participate in a facilitated focus group to inform a new five-year plan for mental health alcohol and other drug services in Queensland. The focus group will discuss the draft vision, guiding principles, objectives and themes for the new plan.

The new five-year plan will follow the end of the existing plan, Connecting Care to Recovery 2016-2021: A plan for Queensland’s state funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services.

The new plan will continue to focus on and build on the work commenced through Connecting Care to Recovery, including:
• Enhancing treatment services in the community
• Building community bed-based services and models that divert people from hospital and the Emergency Department
• Enhancing community support services delivered by non-government organisations and
• Establishing new mental health, alcohol and other drug models of service including crisis response services.


This focus group consultation is an initial opportunity for people with lived experience, carers, and consumers of mental health and alcohol and other drug services, to participate in and inform the development of a new mental health alcohol and other drugs plan.

Local consumers and carers of mental health and alcohol and other drug services across the State will be further involved in consultations planned with Hospital and Health Services, Primary Health Networks, non-government organisations, sector representatives and other stakeholder groups.

The involvement of people with a lived experience in the health system is outlined and defined in the Lived Experience Engagement and Participation Strategy 2018-2021


Role of the lived experience representative
The role of the successful applicants for the consultation focus group will be:
• to attend a two-hour virtual workshop
• to provide information as a lived experience representative
• to provide advice and feedback to inform decisions about the vision, guiding principles and objectives of a new plan for mental health alcohol and other drug services.


Who is it for?
This opportunity would suit consumer or carer representatives with:
• a lived experience of mental health, alcohol or other drug issues
• knowledge or experience of health services either at the Hospital and Health Service, or in community settings.


Time and location
The focus group will be held on Friday 26 June 2020, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.
The focus group will be conducted on a virtual platform, Microsoft Teams. Representatives will be provided with information to allow them to access this software on their home computer, tablet or phone.

Remuneration and Support
Lived experience representatives will be remunerated for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement.
$187 per meeting 4 hours and under (*Covers pre-reading)
Consumers who require mental health support or assistance in order to participate will be available on the day and after the focus group if needed.

How to apply
Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by Friday 19th June 2020.

For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.