Targeted submissions: Renewed alcohol and other drugs plan for Queensland

The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) is leading work to consider a renewed approach to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in Queensland. Its goal is to prevent and reduce the adverse impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

This work supports the strategic direction set by Shifting minds: Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (Shifting minds), and will align with the National Drug Strategy and sub strategies.

The priorities for action identified in Shifting minds, include:

  • system-wide integration
  • multi-agency responses to meet the needs of individuals and groups with complex needs
  • drug policy reform
  • alcohol harm minimisation
  • increasing alcohol and other drug prevention and early intervention
  • growth and development across the continuum of service responses for problematic alcohol and other drug use
  • workforce development, and
  • addressing stigma and alcohol and other drug literacy.

A series of online consultation papers has been developed for members of the community and stakeholders. The consultation papers (focussed on various AOD issues) have been developed to explore evidence and increase awareness within the broader community.

The topics of the papers are based on themes that have emerged from the phase one consultations and proposed priorities for the renewed plan. The areas include: the pandemic’s impact, stigma and discrimination, workforce capacity, prevention, harm minimisation, alcohol-related harm, vulnerable young people, First Nations people, and options for reform.

To find out more or make a submission visit the QMHC website.