Mental Health Act 2016
The Mental Health Bill 2015 was passed by Queensland Parliament on Thursday 18 February 2016, enacting the Mental Health Act 2016.
Passage of this Bill has cleared the way for Queensland to undertake its biggest mental health reform in 15 years.
The Act represents a major step forward for patient rights, strengthens the role of family and support persons for patients and better aligns the legislation with superior clinical practice.
It also includes major reforms about how persons who may have a mental illness are dealt with before a magistrate.
A range of new measures will now be introduced which will ensure improved outcomes for mental health patients across the state.
Queensland Health will now progress to the implementation stage of the legislation, which will continue until later this year.
For more information see the Queensland Mental Health Commission website.
Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan
The 2018-2023 statewide strategic plan sets the diection and priority areas for government and non-government organisations to make a positive and long-term difference to the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.
Developed by the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC), Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 sets the five year direction for a whole-of-person, whole-of-community and whole-of-government approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.