Applications close at 9am on Monday, 8 February 2021
If you have lived experience of a Youth Step Up Step Down (SUSD) service or other child and youth mental health service in Queensland Health (QH) whether through direct access or as a carer, you could fill the one seeking consumer representative or carer representative role on the Youth SUSD Advisory Committee. (It’s also noted opportunities would ideally suit those with committee experience – either within Queensland Health or an NGO – and with an interest and some knowledge of Queensland’s public mental health service system.)
Those appointed will participate as at a equal level with others on the Committee in providing advice that will support the system management of the services in Cairns, Caboolture and Logan. This will be in the form of three meetings a year with those for 2021 – to be held online via Microsoft Teams – scheduled for:
- 15 February (11.00am -12.00pm)
- 13 July (11.00am -12.00pm)
- 15 November (11.00am -12 pm)
(Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.)
Remuneration will be in accordance with HCQ’s remuneration position statement.
The opening story on the 12 June bulletin on Queensland’s ABC television News was that the Palaszcsuk’s 13 June 2017 state budget – released this week – includes just under $70 million dollars to not only proceed with the establishment of the new extended treatment and rehabilitation facility at Chermside but to create four other complementary services aiming to support young people with mental illness in the community. (Online summary of ABC report here.)
Future plans include two new Step up Step Down facilities in south-east Queensland and two day programs to be based at Logan and the Gold Coast.
Justine Wilkinson, who lost her daughter Caitlin following the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre, has welcomed the allocation of funding but acknowledges that there is still much to be done to provide young people and their families with the full range of support that will make a significant difference to lives that can be indescribably turbulent and challenging. Ms Wilkinson’s ongoing advocacy has meant that she – along with other consumers and carers with lived experience in this area – has played a significant role in the ongoing co-design of new services following the government’s commitment to act on all the recommendations from the BAC Commission of Inquiry.
The engagement of Health Consumers Queensland has ensured that consumer and carer representatives sit on all committees and working groups undertaking planning to fulfil the recommendations and that people throughout Queensland have had opportunities to provide meaningful input into future service provision. This commitment to co-design ensures that those with lived experience not only are heard but heeded and can actively help to shape future services – a collaboration that should lead to programs and support that genuinely meet the needs of those in the community that require them.
Health Minister Cameron Dick believes the funding package to be a landmark step for young people so the community affected by youth mental health issues can only hope that innovative approaches to planning and needed funding continue to be at the forefront of the minds of all those responsible for providing vital services at all levels and in all sectors.
(More comment on this announcement can be found at the Blog post: ‘A Budget Boost –its implications for the Future and the Past’.)