Emergency Medicine Foundation Marks 10th anniversary with One-Day Research Symposium: Spotlight Training & Events

12, July, 2017

12 June 2017

Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Symposium banner

The Emergency Medicine Foundation is marking its 10th anniversary with a one-day Research Symposium and a pre-symposium Acute Care Research and Translation Workshop on 24th and 25th August.

Research Symposium: 25 August

The EMF Research Symposium is a strategic platform for healthcare professionals, researchers and academics to actively shape the future of emergency medicine research in Australia.

The Symposium will open with leaders in emergency medicine research reflecting on the impact that 10-years of EMF-funding have had on emergency medicine research and discuss the direction that research needs to take. Following this session, Symposium streams will include emergency medicine service delivery as well as core areas of pre-hospital and acute care.

Acute Care Research and Translation Workshop: 24 August

Clinical adoption and research translation are enhanced when there is early and sustained engagement with emergency medicine professionals and this event will also showcase positive examples of this in action. This workshop will provide participants with key lessons for research design, conducting collaborative and multi-site research, and research translation including the development of new clinical guidelines and clinical roll-outs. This workshop is being run by EMF in collaboration with PREDICT.


For further details, see the symposium website or download the program (opens as PDF), and register to secure your place.

‘Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders People in the Proper Way – an Article by QAMH

3, July, 2017

Newparadigm Winter Edition 2017

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) and Synapse have together written the article, ‘Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples in the Proper Way’ for the Winter Edition of the newparadigm Journal.

This edition of the Journal presents the latest research leading to new perspectives on how to create a more inclusive culture, language and attitude within the community mental health sector.

To highlight the importance of undertaking engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in culturally appropriate ways, Rebecca Somerville, Communication Officer and Sue Pope, Manager, Engagement and Partnerships, worked with some of the sector’s thought leaders:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Jennifer Cullen, Chief Executive Officer of Synapse
  • Dr Michelle McIntyre (Research Fellow at the the Hopkins Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University and Synapse)
  • Associate Professor Clare Townsend (Manager, Research and Development at Synapse).


The authors refer to two models; the Guddi Protocol and a Peer-Led Activity on Palm Island, to demonstrate that by conducting business in the Proper Way, it is possible to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the NDIS.

Published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia, newparadigm exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, evolving practice approaches, as well as research and contemporary thinking and evaluation of existing policy and service provision.

Read Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples in the Proper Way

Read the complete journal


Free Consumer and Carer Workshops Across Queensland – ADA Australia (Aged and Disability Advocates): Spotlight Training and Events

29, June, 2017

29 June 2017

Available across Queensland, these workshops can help you understand the new Advance Health Directive for mental health.

The new Mental Health Act is active in Queensland from March 2017. It enables you to express your views, wishes, and treatment preferences formally in a new document called an Advance Health Directive for mental health. This allows you to have your say and plan for future health care treatment if you become unwell.

With the new Advance Health Directive for mental health you can:

  • Discuss future treatment preferences with your doctor and have a formal document to reflect your wishes
  • Inform your treating team about your recovery journey plans
  • Choose support people you trust to assist in making healthcare decisions for you, should you become unwell. You can also set limits on the decisions they can make.

Click here to view flyers for each location.

$73 million to Support the Mental Health of Australian Children: Spotlight News

28, June, 2017

28 June 2017

The Turnbull Government will invest $73 million in two new mental health programs to ensure Australian children and young people receive the support they need during their school years.

Mental health organisation beyondblue will receive $52.7 million over two years to begin the first stage of developing and designing the groundbreaking education initiative, which will be delivered by beyondblue, headspace and Early Childhood Australia.

BeyondBlue CEO, Georgie Harman said the program would also educate staff about mental health and how to protect themselves.

“We will build on the best bits of existing Commonwealth programs, but give early childhood services and school communities a contemporary program that reflects the world in which they operate,” she said.

The government programs will also deliver an opportunity for teachers in schools to conduct specialist counselling services if a suicide occurs within the school.

“People of all ages can be affected by mental health – either directly themselves or because someone close to them might be suffering. It can impact even our youngest Australians,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.

“It’s important schools have the resources and training to deal with mental health issues, so they can support the individuals impacted and also the broader community,” he added.

“This might include training teachers on how to support a student going through a difficult time, or what to say to a student who has lost a parent.

Read the media release here .


CheckUP Calls for Abstracts for its 2017 Forum: Spotlight Member Activities

13, June, 2017

13 June 2017

CheckUP logoCheckUp will be hosting its signature event, the CheckUP Forum 2017 on 8th September. This year, following keynote presentations, there will be two concurrent sessions that will include a variety of presentations from CheckUP members and stakeholders.

From now until 26 June, CheckUP is calling for submissions form organisations that are undertaking work in one or more of the six topic areas:


Working Together

Forming collaborations and partnerships
Engaging with communities.

Working Smarter

Using data and digital solutions
Implementing new workforce solutions.

Working Better

Moving from illness to wellness
Providing cross-sectoral care.


Important Information

  • The CheckUP Forum will be held at Rydges Southbank, Brisbane on Friday 8th September.
  • Call for abstract submission close at 5.00 pm on Monday 26th June.
  • If your abstract is successful, you will be notified by Friday 30 June.
  • Abstracts not selected for a concurrent session may be offered a poster presentation.
  • If your abstract is successful, you will receive one complimentary ticket to the CheckUP Forum.
  • Reimbursement for other costs associated with attending the CheckUP Forum and/or Networking Dinner (e.g. travel, accommodation) is not available.
  • Additional information is located in the Call for Abstract form.


For further details, see the Call for Abstracts form

Submissions to National NDIS Mental Health Conference Closing SOon

5, June, 2017

5 June 2017

National NDIS Mental Health Conference logo


Calls for content for the National NDIS Mental Health Conference 2017 are closing soon on 23 June! Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their submission by 2 August.

The conference theme is towards a good life, and submissions focusing on the potential of the NDIS to improve the lives of those with psychosocial disability are welcomed.

Content Guidelines for the National NDIS Mental Health Conference 2017 are available on the Community Mental Health Australia National NDIS Mental Health Conference website, and proposals should link with one or more of the following streams:

  • Lived Experience: the experiences and reflections of NDIS service users
  • Families and carers: the experiences and reflections of carers and family members of NDIS service users
  • Service providers: the experiences, approaches, successes and challenges for NDIS service providers
  • NDIS, health and other services interface: the links between different types of services and cross-sector relationships and collaborations.


For further information, see the content guidelines or visit the National  NDIS Mental Health Conference 2017 website.

National Social Housing Survey: Summary of National Results 2016: Spotlight News Issue 11

9, May, 2017

Image: National Social Housing Survey

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the summary of national results for the 2016 National Social Housing Survey (NSHS). The NSHS sampled tenants in public housing, community housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) between April and June 2016.

The results revealed that:

  • around 1 in 3 social housing households included at least 1 member with disability
  • all social housing programs used health and medical services most frequently, followed by mental health services.

For further information, read the National Social Housing Survey: Summary of National Results 2016.

Revised Mental Health Act 2016 Commencement Date

26, August, 2016

Queensland Health has today announced that the commencement date for the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2016 has been revised to 5 March 2017 due to some implementation challenges.

A special edition of the MHA Implementation Newsletters was released this morning to announce the change. It includes key dates from August 2016 to March 2017.

Read the MHA Implementation Special Edition Newsletter, 26 August 2016.


Productivity Commission Review of the NDIS: Terms of Reference

16, August, 2016

In July 2016, QAMH endorsed a letter written by Mental Health Australia (MHA) and Community Mental Health Australia about the Productivity Commission’s (PC) review of the NDIS in 2017. The letter was written to call on the Disability Reform Council to consider certain issues, including mental health in the review terms of reference.

MHA has now reported that the letter received positive responses. We are pleased to share the news that respondents included the Queensland Minister for Disability Services, Coralie O’Rourke MP and the ‘Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley MP.

Ms O’Rourke ‘said she would be very interested in the PC’s review exploring the interface between the NDIS and the mental health sector’. Furthermore, the ‘Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley MP has said that Victoria will strongly advocate that the terms of reference include examining the impacts of the NDIS on mainstream services, including mental health, and the capacity for NDIS providers to deliver high quality services’ (MHA 2016).

Obtaining responses like this is extremely rewarding and would not be possible without input from the sector. QAMH is actively involved in advocating for mainstreaming mental health into the NDIS and we invite you to take every opportunity to do the same.

Mental Health Non-Government Organisation Establishment Data Set

16, August, 2016

The Mental Health Non-Government Organisation Establishment Data Set (Data Set) is a new online reporting mechanism. It will be made mandatory for all funded organisations, except the Housing and Support Program, from the reporting period of 2016-2017, due on 31 October 2016.

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) recently contacted all non-government mental health organisations funded by the Department of Health inviting them to participate in a pilot for the new online reporting mechanism. A number of these organisations participated in a pilot for the Data Set and provided feedback to the MHAODB about this process.

QAMH’s Business and Membership Development Manager, Sue Pope, has been liaising with the Clinical Systems Collections and Performance Unit to ensure that this process is as clear and seamless as possible for organisations.

QAMH will provide further information about this process in this MH Sector Update over the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns for feedback about the online reporting mechanism not previously provided to MHAODB, please contact Sue on 3252 9411 or via email.