New Government plan sets the stage for improving outcomes for Queenslanders

QNADA congratulates the Queensland Mental Health Commission on the release of a new five year plan for Queensland Government to address mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention. This plan, Shifting Minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 has a vision for delivery of a fair and inclusive Queensland where all people can live lives with meaning and purpose.

Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services at the launch yesterday said that, “ongoing reform is fundamental to achieving better outcomes for people with lived experiences. Our goal is a system that is better geared to assist people before they reach crisis. Shifting Minds will now set a direction for our future investment and reform.”

Rebecca Lang, Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) applauds both the Queensland Mental Health Commission and the Queensland Government for the plan’s specific focus on alcohol harm minimisation and drug policy reform which she says “has the potential to be a game-changer for Queenslanders experiencing problems related to their alcohol and drug use and their families.”

Ms Lang, (QNADA) says, “We look forward to working with the Commission to implement the plan and call on the Queensland Government to ensure the plan is backed by appropriate resourcing to translate these good intentions into positive outcomes for Queenslanders.”

The Commission’s strategic plan is based on stakeholder consultation and is available in full at

Posted to Media release on Thu 4 2018