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Renewing Shifting minds

Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018–2023

Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018–2023 sets the direction for a whole-of-government, whole-of-person, and whole-of-community approach to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, as well as prevent and reduce the impact of mental ill-health, problematic alcohol and other drug use, and suicide.

Shifting minds is supported by two sub-plans:

Why is Shifting minds being renewed?

As the current Shifting minds reaches completion in 2023, the Queensland Mental Health Commission is working to develop a renewed strategic plan for the next five years.

Renewing Shifting minds will involve a review and renewal of the directions and priority systemic actions and approaches  for the next phase of mental health, alcohol and other drug and suicide prevention reform in Queensland.

Renewal process

Through a robust and participatory development process, the Commission will be informed by input from:

  • people with lived experience, carers and peak agencies and representatives
  • cross-sector organisations, service providers and government agencies
  • current state and national policy directions and funding commitments
  • insights from recent inquiries and reviews
  • the evaluation of Shifting minds and the review of phase one of Every life
  • contemporary data and evidence.

There will be several opportunities for cross-sector and cross-government agencies and organisations to provide input, including through:

  • a series of facilitated consultation forums
  • a series of targeted meetings with existing networks and groups
  • targeted one-on-one conversations with key stakeholders
  • a series of public consultation forums, and
  • an online consultation paper and survey.

Who should participate?

People with lived experience, carers, supporters and advocates, cross-sector service providers, specialists, experts, representative organisations and government stakeholders are invited to participate.

Share your insights

Register your interest in attending any one of the following consultation sessions.

As venue capacities are limited, we will be in touch with you to confirm your place. 

 Sector Consultation 


Monday 14 November 2022
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Sector Consultation


Tuesday 29 November 2022
9.00am – 12.00 noon

Mercure Townsville

Sector Consultation


Focus: Services and programs for older adults

Friday 2 December 2022
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Labrador Community Centre

Lived Experience Consultation


For lived experience, carers, supporters and advocates

Monday 5 December
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Location to be advised

Sector Consultation


Monday 12 December 2022
1.00pm – 3.00pm


Sector Consultation


Focus: Regional, rural, remote areas

Tuesday 13 December 2022
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Upcoming public consultation sessions

We will host community forums throughout Queensland in early 2023 for members of the public as well as local organisations and service providers. Check back soon for further details.

Consultation paper

A consultation paper about the proposed reform priorities for the renewed Shifting minds strategic plan will be available soon.

Help shape the next phase of system reform

An integrated policy and planning approach is the foundation of Shifting minds. Reform cannot be achieved through any one agency, sector, or tier of government working alone.

Take the opportunity to be a part of developing the next phase of mental health, alcohol and other drug and suicide prevention reform in Queensland.

For further information or any queries, please contact shiftingminds@qmhc.qld.gov.au