Regional Engagement | Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc.

Regional Engagement

Image of Siofra CunninghamQAMH is committed to regional and rural Queensland within the community managed mental health sector. In December 2016, we appointed Siofra Cunningham to be our Regional Engagement Coordinator.

The aim of the role is to support organisations to build capacity within the sector and stay connected Queensland-wide. QAMH also aims to observe and identify sector challenges, report back to, and advocate for the community managed mental health sector.



The Regional Engagement Coordinator will be keeping this blog to keep you informed of her activities in regional Queensland. For more information, contact Siofra via email at

13 January 2017

This week, Sue and I travelled to Toowoomba and met with Partners in Recovery (PiR) Darling Downs & South West Queensland to hear about their regional research project “Sharing Experiences on the Transition from PIR to NDIS”. This is a very exciting project that will provide valuable information to the sector. We look forward to seeing the progression and outcomes of this work.

Thank you to Toowoomba Clubhouse who made us very welcome with a tour of their gardens and a delicious butter chicken lunch. It will be great to visit again in a few months and see how the veggie garden is growing!

We also met with the Darling Downs and South West Primary Health Network (PHN) and heard valuable learnings from Warrina Services in their beautiful new offices.

I am looking forward to a busy few months travelling throughout the State. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a meeting.

8 December 2016

As Regional Engagement Coordinator, it is my role to facilitate collaborations and alliances across regional Queensland, and help you to connect across the state and build your capacity in the sector.

This week I attended a Wheel of Wellbeing workshop in Townsville. Part of a new Wellbeing Hub, the workshop teaches participants how to understand and use positive psychology to improve their health and happiness. The Wheel of Wellbeing workshop was really well presented and really enjoyable – thank you. I encourage those interested in health and wellbeing, from a personal or professional perspective, to see the excellent resources the Wellbeing Hub has to offer.

While in Townsville, I was also pleased to attend the North Queensland Alliance meeting at SOLAS. Kathy Willard, representative for the Member for Herbert, Cathy O’Toole, was in attendance and it was an excellent opportunity for members to share their experiences in the sector and the issues they have identified throughout the NDIS roll out. It was great to touch base in the region and I thank the North Queensland Alliance for having me.

I had another opportunity to hear regional news and NDIS roll out issues when I attended the Toowoomba Mental Health Collaborative meeting with Sue Pope, Manager, Engagement and Partnerships. It also provided the opportunity to share key learning from our colleagues in Townsville and I thank the Mental Health Collaborate for making us feel so welcome.

I am looking forward to visiting more regions in the new year. In the meantime, if you have any meetings, workshops or events that you would like me to attend, please don’t hesitate to email me at