Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced the Government would establish an independent Queensland Mental Health Commission.
In 2011-12 alone, the Queensland Government is investing over $1 billion in public mental health services throughout Queensland.
"This is the biggest investment in Queensland's history," Ms Bligh said.
"The new Commission will be the cornerstone of this ongoing reform." Building on the momentum which has been achieved over the last four years, the Commission will be responsible for:
- acting as a strong advocate for mental health clients and their families;
- improving the coordination, effectiveness and performance of mental health services;
- ensuring resources are being deployed to where they are most needed;
- developing a strong evidence base to support government investment; and
- promoting greater transparency in the allocation of resources."
"We are establishing an Advisory Committee of experts and other stakeholders, chaired by Professor Beverley Raphael, to inform the design and development of the Queensland Commission.
"We look forward to consulting widely over the coming months to ensure we put the right structure in place to continue driving the transformation and reform of Queensland's mental health system."
Mental Health Commissions already operate or are being established in several Australian jurisdictions and overseas