Reform opportunities that improve the physical health of people with a lived experience

This work is being undertaken for the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC). The broad objectives of the project are to identify reform opportunities for the QMHC to work with key stakeholders to lead, invest or be involved in work that will improve the physical health of people with a lived experience of mental illness or problematic usage of alcohol and other drugs.  The project involves:

  • Developing a case for change taking into consideration prevalence, health inequalities, known physical health side effects of medications, and the factors associated with the causation of physical health symptoms or co-morbidities experienced by people with a lived experience;
  • Undertaking an environmental scan and analysis of the strategic and environmental context that impacts on the physical health of people with a lived experience;
  • Identifying gaps within the strategic and environmental context that contributes to the poorer physical health of people with a lived experience in Queensland;
  • Undertaking consultation with key stakeholders, across the public, private and non-government sectors, to identify and map evidence-based initiatives and best practice models that are being implemented;
  • Identifying the enablers and barriers that influence the successful outcomes and impact of these evidence-based initiatives;
  • Identifying options for the QMHC to influence and contribute to system changes that aim to embed the six elements of the Equally Well Consensus Statement across all sectors of service provision; and
  • Identifying reform opportunities for the QMHC to work with key stakeholders to lead, invest or be involved in that will improve the physical health of people with a lived experience.