Alcohol and other drugs in Queensland

Consultation to renew Queensland's statewide plan

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is leading work to consider a renewed approach to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in Queensland.

Our 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.  
Please note the consultation papers are NOT GOVERNMENT POLICY.
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Alcohol and other drug reform

  1. Read the consultation  papers below

  2. Do the survey

Do the survey

Survey closed

Leading Reform webinar - Alcohol and Other Drugs - 25 February 2021

Ivan Frkovic
Queensland Mental Health Commissioner

Assoc. Prof. Nicola Newton
The University of Sydney

Eddie Fewings
Qld Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Dr Jeremy Hayllar
Lives Lived Well and Metro North HHS

Community forums

We held a series of community forums to continue the conversation around AOD reform and gather regional perspectives on key areas of reform.


  • Gladstone - Monday 1 March 2021
  • Caboolture - Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Roma - Thursday 4 March 2021
  • Cairns - Monday 8 March 2021
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The pandemic's impact 

Cross-population harm

Authors: Professor Leanne Hides, Dr Caroline Salom, Dr Molly Carlyle, Dr Jennifer Juckel and Dr Janni Leung, University of Queensland.

Read paper 1
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Stigma and discrimination

A significant issue and barrier

Authors: Clare Mason and Danielle Dawson, University of Queensland

Read paper 2
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Workforce capacity

Trends, challenges and sustainability

Author: Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

Read paper 3
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Identifying & implementing best practice

Author: Professor Maree Teesson, University of Sydney Matilda Centre

Read paper 4
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Harm minimisation

Balancing the three pillars

Author: Professor Nicole Lee, National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

Read paper 5
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Alcohol-related harm

The most harmful substance overall

Authors: Michael Livingston, Mia Miller and Emmanuel Kuntsche, La Trobe University Centre for Alcohol Policy Research

Read paper 6
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Vulnerable young people

Addressing trauma and alcohol & drug use

Authors: Pamele Edwards, Pamela Analytics and Clare Mason

Read paper 7
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First Nations people

Strengthening cultural protective factors

Author: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and the Institute for Collaborative Race Research

Read paper 8
Read paper 9
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Options for reform

The evidence and the case for change

Author: Professor Alison Ritter, Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of New South Wales

Read paper 10
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Community feedback

The community survey will help inform the development of a renewed approach to alcohol and other drug issues in Queensland. The survey will take approximately 7 minutes to complete.

  1. Read the consultation papers outlining current issues and potential solutions, priorities and opportunities for the alcohol and other drug sector.
  2. Do the anonymous survey using the button at left. 

Survey responses are private and confidential

This online survey is anonymous. Responses will not be linked to emails or IP addresses or other identifying information.

If you choose to provide identifying information in the free text sections of your survey response it may be collected by the Queensland Mental Health Commission for the purpose of the alcohol and other drug plan consultation process.

Any questions about the handling of your personal information by the Commission can be directed to the project team on AOD@qmhc.qld.gov.au.

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