Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

 

  1. All people have a right to independence, self-determination and quality mental health care. Queensland residents and those with reciprocal rights should have access to effective mental health services, irrespective of their socio-economic status or geographic location.
  2. Specialised mental health service will meet some of the needs of people with mental health problems. However, access to housing and accommodation supports, social supports, community and domiciliary care, income security, and employment and training opportunities may have significant impacts to improve the outcomes and capacity of a person with mental health problems to live successfully within the community.
  3. Governments are responsible for ensuring that people have access to the resources and opportunities essential for good mental health.
  4. An effective mental health system must be based on primary health care and  health promotion, substance and alcohol abuse prevention and early intervention, service and supports in the local community in order to reduce avoidable admissions and pressure on hospitals.
  5. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, community control and ownership in mental health service partnerships significantly increases access and outcomes.
  6. The rights and civil liberties of people with mental illness should be guaranteed and protected.

Goals

The Greens want:

  1. To provide a mental health system which has strong, well-funded primary treatment as first point of contact and prevention options as well as acute, hospital based care, interconnected with other services in the local community, such as health, housing, employment and training, and community services.
  2. To ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have mental health outcomes and life expectancy equal to other Australians.
  3. To target funding for services and education for the prevention and early detection of mental illness, such as building resilience or accessing mental health services, using multidisciplinary team networks and co-located services.
  4. To develop a rural and regional mental health workforce plan to ensure that effective operation and strong outreach capacity are available for outlying rural towns and remote communities that encourages access.

Measures

The Greens will:

  1. Establish properly resourced, strategically located 24 hour community mental health services, staffed by the full range of mental health professionals and support services.Improve access to mental health care in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander communities by partnership programs, including community based outpatient and outreach services that are culturally appropriate.
  2. Address the high rate of homelessness amongst people with mental illness by establishing supported government-endorsed community accommodation for people with mental illness, including crisis, medium-term and long-term accommodation with rehabilitation and support programs.
  3. Ensure support and respite services for carers/families who care for people with mental illness;
  4. Encourage research into mental illness and drug and alcohol linkages.
  5. Ensure refugees and asylum seekers, especially those in government detention, have access readily available to mental health professionals, in order to address the disproportionate suicide and self-harm rate amongst those groups.
  6. Provide appropriate treatment in correctional facilities for prisoners with mental health problems.
  7. Ensure that all involuntarily detained mental health patients have access to a visit from the Mental Health Review Tribunal within the first 8 days of admission.
  8. Ensure community-based support services and agencies enable people with chronic mental  illnesses, and their carers, to live in and participate more fully in their communities.
  9. Provide programs working with communities to educate concerning and help de-stigmatise mental illness, to ensure access of services, as well as ensuring community wellness programs that help build resilience.
  10. Provide professional development to ensure mental health professionals and staff are appropriately trained to address the physical health needs of those with chronic mental illness.
  11. Support the development of community based public services providing early intervention and sustainable community living for people with mental illness, including specialist services for targeted groups e.g. youth, high-risk men, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual and Intersex people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.