Queensland Mental Health Commission Leading Reform Summit 2022


The Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Suicide Prevention Leaders' Summit

23-25 November 2022, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Leading reform delegates

About the Summit

The Leading reform summit is the Queensland Mental Commission’s annual two-day forum for leaders in Queensland’s mental health, alcohol and other drugs, suicide prevention and associated human services sectors. 

In attendance will be leaders and influencers, clinicians, service providers, policy-makers, planners, decision-makers and people with lived experience in decision-making about service planning and implementation, practice improvement and reform.

For the first time, there will be two additional forums either side of the main two-day summit.

Lived Experience Workforce Day

Tuesday 22 November 2022

  • Our partners BrookRED and QLEWN are hosting a lived experience workforce day on developing Queensland’s lived experience workforce. This full-day event is initially by invitation only and will open for general registrations at a later date to be announced.

Leading reform Summit

Day 1 - Wednesday 23 November 2022

  • Queensland’s reform agenda: past, present, future
  • Embedding lived experience-led reform
  • Strengthening Queensland’s harm reduction responses to alcohol and other drugs

Day 2 - Thursday 24 November 2022

  • Building a truly community-centric system
  • Driving multi-faceted and compassionate suicide prevention approaches
  • Shifting upstream: through prevention, promotion and early intervention within and beyond the health system

Day 3 - EXTRA HALF DAY - Friday 25 November 2022

  • This half-day extension to the Summit is focused on addressing critical whole-of-system workforce issues. This day will initially be an by invitation only event, and will open for general registrations at a date to be announced.

The Leading Reform Summit is sold out.

Please click the WAITLIST button above to register for the waitlist.

About the Commission

Our job is system reform

We work with government and non-government agencies throughout Queensland to engage, inform and inspire reform, because we recognise it takes collective action at all levels and across many sectors to create genuine and lasting change.

Our work extends beyond the health system and acknowledges the holistic needs and broad range of issues faced by people with a lived experience of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and those affected by suicide.

We identify issues and priorities, advise on reform options, support the efforts of others to implement change, and check progress.

Our job is to encourage and facilitate change to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, with a focus on:

  • improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders
  • preventing and reducing the impact of mental illness
  • preventing and reducing the impact of problematic alcohol and other drug use
  • preventing and reducing the impact of suicide.

We work with others to achieve reform

To achieve reform we work in partnership with others and actively seek the views and experiences of people with a lived experience to help shape the reform agenda.

We work across a broad range of portfolio areas including health, communities, education, child safety, employment, police, corrections, the economy and justice.

This includes people who have lived experience, their families, carers and supporters, as well as decision-makers, funders, advocates, frontline workers and service providers, in both government and non-government sectors.


Our partners


Brook RED has been operating in South Brisbane since 2000, and are an entirely Lived Experience governed, managed, and operated organisation. 

This means that everyone who works at Brook RED identifies as having a living-experience of recovery and use the unique perspectives and knowledge gained from this experience as the foundation for all of their work.

Brook RED deliver services in the south Brisbane and northern Gold Coast areas, and have four centres in Highgate Hill, Mount Gravatt, Bayside (BIG), and Beenleigh.

In addition to these centres, Brook RED also run a number of other programs including the RED House, a residential space where people can spend a few weeks working toward recovery goals; supports for people experiencing suicidal crisisBelong, an LGBTIQA+ group; and NDIS supports and services

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The Queensland Lived Experience Workforce Network (Q-LEWN) is a focused statewide peak body led by, with and for people who work or volunteer in identified Lived Experience roles in mental health; suicide prevention; and/or alcohol and other drugs services.

QLEWN is focused on ensuring that the Lived Experience workforce has access to appropriate discipline-specific supervision and support, networking, and professional development opportunities. 

​QLEWN acts as a united voice for Queensland’s Lived Experience government, non-government and private workforces to drive focused Lived Experience led advocacy and system reform.

Q-LEWN is committed to enabling Lived Experience workers to lead the ongoing development of and support for the Lived Experience workforce across Queensland.

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