Closing date: COB, Wednesday 20 February 2019  

Queensland Mental Health Week Collaboration 

Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state. Linked to the National Mental Health Week the event will take place between Saturday 5 – Sunday 13 October 2019. The Queensland Mental Health Commission has appointed CheckUP to coordinate the event for the sector.

While centrally themed and coordinated QMHW encompass hundreds of events, organised by many individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state. This is supported by a community grants program, which is funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. The Queensland Mental Health Week Website provides information on the week’s events and other key initiatives such as the QMHW Achievement Awards, downloadable resources and merchandise.

CheckUP is seeking two lived experience representatives to be on both the QMHW Reference Group and QMHW Working Group. One of the representatives will have a carer focus.


QMHW Reference Group

The QMHW Reference Group provides high level advice and guidance for the overall direction of QMHW 2019. The Group only meets at the initial stage of the project to consider and endorse the theme and strategic direction and is then kept informed of progress via email.
The group is comprised of Senior staff including the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner and sector CEO’s Reference Group Role Description.

QMHW Working Group

The QMHW Working Group is a cross sector collaboration with members providing liaison, support and expertise to the development and delivery of the week. The group also considers and develops new initiatives and partnerships to improve QMHW campaign reach and engagement. Five of the meetings will be held prior to QMHW and one will be held after. The first meeting will take place in February with additional meeting dates to be scheduled. Members provide links to different communities including marginalised groups. QMHW Working Group Terms of Reference.

Role of the lived experience representatives

As a member of both groups, the lived experience representatives will contribute to discussions, receive information and provide feedback to inform decision making.

As part of the Working Group they will:

  • Contribute to the development of communication materials and events in alignment with QMHW theme and messaging.
  • Review QMHW marketing and communication plans, and materials, to provide feedback and endorsement. Most materials will be prepared in advance for the Working Group’s consideration.
  • Put forward ideas and proposals to enhance QMHW marketing and communication activities.
  • Share QMHW information and/or materials with their respective audiences.
  • Be champions for QMHW and promote to their networks.

Who is this for?

This opportunity would suit people with a lived experience of mental health issues. Ideally, the successful applicants will feel comfortable contributing towards group discussions as a strategic and creative thinker. They must feel confident being a lived experience champion for Mental Health Week, utilising their community networks to promote the initiative.

From past years, the group has received fantastic support and feedback, including feedback from others on how fun and interactive the group is. Therefore, the successful applicants must be willing to engage and have fun. As always, it’s important to contribute and engage, however be mindful and respectful of others’ viewpoints. To ensure diverse representation, one of the two successful applicants will ideally be a young person (under the age of 30) and one will bring a carer perspective.

Time and location

The first Working Group meeting will be held on Tuesday the 26th of February at 10am to 12 midday in the CheckUP training Rooms – Level 1/36, Russell Street, South Brisbane.

The Reference Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th March from 9:30-11am in the CheckUP Board Room – Level 2/36, Russell Street, South Brisbane.

Proposed dates for remaining Working Group meetings are:

  • Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Wednesday 3 July 2019
  • Thursday 29 August 2019 – last meeting before campaign starts
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019 – wrap up and celebration

Remuneration and support

Lived experience representatives will be remunerated at $187.50 per meeting which includes pre-reading, travel time, expenses, and parking. Morning tea or lunch will be provided at the meetings.

Successful applicants will be given a background briefing via phone prior to the first meeting and will be supported by the QMHW coordinator should they require additional information and/or support to link with other group members.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return to Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected]. For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact Michael Taylor via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

For queries relating to the Queensland Mental Health Week Working/Reference Group please call Sandy Smith, Business Coordinator (Tuesday-Thursday) on 07 3105 8308 or email [email protected].