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 will have an exciting line-up of speakers who are leaders and change-makers in their fields of expertise covering diverse topics such as: 

  • What has really been achieved after 40 years of reform?
  • What does a truly community-based mental health system look like?
  • What are the critical shifts we need to embed lived experience throughout the system?
  • How do we make the alcohol and other drugs, and supporting systems more responsive?
  • How can we better support the sustainability of the NGO mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention system?
  • How do we achieve cultural change across our mental health and alcohol and other drugs systems?
  • What can we learn from First Nations whole-of-person and inclusive models of care?
  • How can we best embed prevention and promotion of mental health and wellbeing across the population?  

The Leading Reform Summit is sold out.

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Dr Roberto Mezzina

The Trieste model of community mental health

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.

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Prof. Harvey Whiteford

40 years of reform... what's still missing?

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

Embedding lived experience across the system - international and interstate approaches

Embedding lived experience across mental health systems requires new mental models and power relationships, as well as sustained commitment and investment. As a result of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, Victoria is poised to lead the world in embedding lived experience in system leadership, in service provision and as service users. This talk explores what it will look like when people with lived experience lead at these different levels and in different roles. The end result will be a system that truly serves the people who use it, as well as their families and supporters.

About Mary

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. Mary established the international social enterprise PeerZone which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress. She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. Mary is currently Executive Director Lived Experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division at the Department of Health in Victoria. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.

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Dr Stephen Carbone

What are the critical systemic shifts required in prevention, promotion and early intervention?

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.