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 Summit 2022

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

The summit is intended to be a powerful catalyst to align leaders, develop solutions to problems, introduce new strategies, fuel collaboration, harness the collective knowledge of sector leaders and drive the reform agenda forward.

Discussion will include the recent Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into Queensland’s mental health system, which has resulted in increased investment. 

Leading Reform Summit key themes

  • Queensland’s reform agenda: past, present, future
  • Embedding lived experience-led reform
  • Building a truly community-centric system
  • Strengthening Queensland’s harm reduction responses to alcohol and other drugs
  • Driving multi-faceted and compassionate suicide prevention approaches
  • Shifting upstream: through prevention, promotion and early intervention within and beyond the health system

Additional days

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

  • Developing Queensland’s lived experience workforce (full day - Tuesday 22 November 2022). This day is being developed and hosted by partners BrookRED and QLEWN.

  • Addressing critical whole-of-system workforce issues (half day - Friday 25 November 2022)

The Leading Reform Summit is sold out.

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

Featured speakers

Dr Roberto Mezzina

Dr Roberto Mezzina

Roberto is one of the architects of the Trieste model of community mental health that closed the Trieste psychiatric hospital and replaced it with an alternative network of totally community-based services. This was recently reconfirmed as a model for the World Health Organization (2021). He has also supported the development of community-based services worldwide and consulted on reform policies across the globe.

Professor Harvey Whiteford

Prof. Harvey Whiteford

Apart from a distinguished clinical and academic career, Harvey has held senior mental health positions in Queensland and with the Australian Government. Most recently he served as Associate Commissioner with Australia's Productivity Commission on its landmark mental health inquiry.
 Mary O'Hagan

Mary O'Hagan

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007.
Dr Stephen Carbone

Dr Stephen Carbone

Stephen is Founder and CEO of Prevention United. He has extensive clinical experience in mental health having worked as a GP and as a medical officer in Victoria’s specialist mental health services. Stephen has experience in mental health policy,  program and service development having held senior roles in the Victorian Department of  Health, headspace, and Beyond Blue.


Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Grand Ballroom
23 Leichhardt Street
Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD 4000

Situated on the highest point in Brisbane’s Central Business District, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane is a convenient address for conference and business travellers.

Overlooking the picturesque Roma Street Parklands, the 4.5 star Brisbane accommodation affords commanding views of the city skyline, surrounding mountains or Brisbane River.