Queensland Mental Health Commission – Steering Committee

Needs-analysis project – mental health non-government community services sector

Closing date: 5pm Thursday, 22 October 2020

Queensland Mental Health Commission

The Commission is seeking to engage eight (8) people with lived experience of mental illness personally or as a carer to become members of the time-limited Steering Committee that will oversee and inform the needs-analysis project.

The value of community mental health services has long been known, in terms of benefits to people who use services that also often reduce the need for more acute hospital-based services, and the cost savings and efficiencies for the system.

Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 highlights the need to shift the focus of our mental health and alcohol and other drug service system towards the community as the key place where services and support are provided.

To support this strategic intent, the Queensland Mental Health Commission (the Commission) is investing in a needs-analysis of the mental health non-government community services sector to gain a better understanding of the current environment, strengths, challenges, barriers and opportunities. The needs analysis will inform the development of a five-year strategy to enhance, develop and grow the sector.
About the Commission: the Queensland Mental Health Commission is a statutory body established to drive reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and alcohol and other drug service system in Queensland. Further information can be found on the Commission’s website – https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/


The Commission is establishing a time limited steering committee to oversee and inform the mental health non-government community services sector needs-analysis project.
The Steering Committee is the key governance mechanism for the needs-analysis project. Its role is to:
• guide, advise and inform on key elements of the project
• identify risks and their mitigation to ensure the success of the project
• endorse key project deliverables at milestone points
• contribute to a safe, productive, and supportive environment to enable members to express ideas freely
Membership to the Steering Committee will include Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies, peak and industry bodies and people with lived experience.

Role of the consumer

The role of the successful applicants will be to attend all Steering Committee meetings and actively participate in all Steering Committee activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice.

Who is it for?

The Commission is seeking diversity across age, gender and identity, cultural background and locations across Queensland. This opportunity would suit people who have:
• lived experience of mental illness personally or as a carer
• experience using mental health non-government community services
• ability to think strategically, and
• governance committee membership experience

Time and location

The first meeting will be in mid-November (date to be confirmed) and the Steering Committee will meet approximately every four-six weeks as needed and until the needs analysis is finalised in mid-2021.
Due to COVID-19 meetings will be virtually via video conference (Microsoft Teams) but potentially with an in-person option if that becomes possible at a later date.

Remuneration and Support

Lived experience members will be eligible for payment through the Commission’s Paid Participation Policy which includes reimbursement for any reasonable out of pocket expenses, including travel expenses.
Further information is available on the Commission’s website – https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/about/corporate-information/paid-participation-policy
Any additional information or support needs to support participation in the Steering Commission will be discussed with the successful applicants.

How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by 5pm Thursday, 22 October 2020.
For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.