Updates

Queensland Mental Health Consumer Representative Peak

The Queensland Government has funded the establishment of a new mental health consumer representative peak organisation, which is set to be operational in the second half of 2021.

The new Peak will be a not-for-profit organisation that works to:

  • Provide policy advice and system advocacy for, and with, consumers of the Queensland mental health system of all ages, in particular those who are marginalised and disadvantaged, and based on the principles of equity, access, cultural-safety, recovery, and human rights;
  • Work with the system to empower and build capacity of experienced and emerging consumer representatives to participate in mental health sector improvement initiatives;
  • Undertake projects in relation to supporting lived experience engagement and participation;
  • Work collaboratively and/or in partnership with other agencies and organisations in the sector to improve the mental health and wellbeing of consumers and the community; and
  • Support, demonstrate and foster company practices and environments, at all levels, that are culturally safe, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and consumer-led.

The project to establish the new Peak has been led by lived experience, including a Project Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic and Rebecca Johnson, a person with lived experience.

Applications are now open for a number of job opportunities within the Peak.