Gympie given a voice at summit
GYMPIE will be represented at a landmark summit which will allow Queenslanders with mental illness and their families to speak directly to government on the future of community services in mental health.
People with mental illness from all over Queensland will be supported to attend the summit.
Gympie will be represented by people from Choice Support Service.
Choice spokesperson Sue Deacon said people who know the value of community managed services are the clients, and they finally have an opportunity to have their say.
“It is so important for these people to have their say on the future government investment in community services,” Ms Deacon said.
She said this was the first time in Australia that this type of event had taken place and participants of Choice believed this type of opportunity was important to them and their families.
The Queensland Community Mental Health Summit, which will be held next Wednesday at the State Library of Queensland, is a partnership between Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Alliance, the peak body for the mental health community sector.
Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry will address an audience of community services, clients and their families from all over Queensland.