Report No. 1, 57th Parliament - Inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its report on Monday 6 June 2022. The report is available here.

Section 107 of the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 sets out the requirements for ministerial responses to committee reports. The Act provides a ministerial response to the committee’s recommendations must be tabled in the Legislative Assembly within three months of the report being tabled. The response will be published here when available.

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ABOUT THE INQUIRY

On Thursday 2 December 2021, the Mental Health Select Committee was established to conduct an inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders and report back to the House by Tuesday 31 May 2022. Media release dated 15 December 2021 about the launch of the inquiry is available here

The terms of reference for the inquiry are:

  1. A select committee, to be known as the Mental Health Select Committee, be established to undertake an inquiry and report on the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders. In undertaking the inquiry, the committee consider:
    1. the economic and societal impact of mental illness in Queensland;
    2. the current needs of and impacts on the mental health service system in Queensland;
    3. opportunities to improve economic and social participation of people with mental illness through comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated mental health services (including alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention):
      1. across the care continuum from prevention, crisis response, harm reduction, treatment and recovery;
      2. across sectors, including Commonwealth funded primary care and private specialist services, state funded specialist mental health services, non-government services and services funded by the NDIS;
    4. the experiences and leadership of people with lived experience of mental illness, problematic substance use and suicidality and their families and carers;
    5. the mental health needs of people at greater risk of poor mental health;
    6. how investment by the Queensland government and other levels of government can enhance outcomes for Queenslanders requiring mental health treatment and support;
    7. service safety and quality, workforce improvement and digital capability;
    8. mental health funding models in Australia; and
    9. relevant national and state policies, reports and recent inquiries including the Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry Report.
  2. The committee have power to call for persons, documents and other items;
  3. The committee report to the Legislative Assembly by 31 May 2022;
  4. The committee consist of eight members of the Legislative Assembly: four members (including the Chairperson) appointed by the Leader of the House and four members appointed by the Leader of the Opposition;
  5. That, notwithstanding anything contained in standing orders, the appointment of members to the committee shall be by the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition in writing to the Clerk with their appointments by 10 December 2021. The Clerk to table the letters of appointment.
  6. If the Leader of the Opposition does not appoint all required members as outlined in 4. by the date in 5., the select committee is still a fully constituted committee with the members appointed by the Leader of the House.

On 10 May 2022, the Legislative Assembly resolved to extend the reporting date for the Inquiry to Monday 6 June 2022.

SUBMISSIONS 

Submissions closed on 4 February 2022.  Submissions can be accessed under the “View Submissions” tab above.

Public BRIEFINGS AND hearings 

The committee held public briefings and hearings for its inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders. Programs, Broadcasts and Transcripts are published under the Related Publications tab and listed below.

Thursday, 20 January 2022: Public briefing - Brisbane - program - broadcast part 1 - broadcast part 2 - transcript

Thursday, 27 January 2022: Site visit & public hearing - Coorparoo - program - transcript

Friday, 11 February 2022: Private hearing - Brisbane – transcript

Friday, 11 February 2022: Public briefing & hearing - Brisbane – program - briefing broadcast - hearing broadcast - briefing transcript - hearing transcript

Wednesday, 16 February 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane program - broadcast - transcript

Thursday, 17 February 2022: Public briefing & hearing - Brisbane – program - briefing broadcast - hearing broadcast - briefing transcript - hearing transcript

Friday, 18 February 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane– program - broadcast - transcript

Monday, 7 March 2022: Public hearing - Bundaberg – media release - program - transcript

Tuesday, 8 March 2022: Site visits - Hervey Bay - Community Mental Health Centre and Hervey Bay Hospital and Health Service

Tuesday, 8 March 2022: Public hearing - Hervey Bay - program - transcript

Wednesday, 9 March 2022: Site visits - Brisbane - Jacaranda Place and MATES in Construction

Thursday, 10 March 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program - broadcast - transcript

Friday, 11 March 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program- broadcast - transcript

Friday, 18 March 2022:  Site visits - Gold Coast - Lavender Mother & Baby Unit, Gold Coast University Hospital and Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services

Friday, 18 March 2022: Public hearing - Gold Coast – program - transcript

Monday, 21 March 2022: Site Visits - Yarrabah Community

Tuesday, 22 March 2022: Site Visits - Cairns - Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI), Australian Red Cross and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Tuesday, 12 April 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program - broadcast - transcript

Wednesday, 13 April 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program - broadcast - transcript

Wednesday, 20 April 2022: Public hearing - Kingaroy – program - transcript

Thursday, 28 April 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program - broadcast part 1 - broadcast part 2 - transcript

Friday, 29 April 2022: Public hearing - Brisbane – program - broadcast - transcript

Friday, 29 April 2022: Private hearing - Brisbane – transcript

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