Queensland spends over $930 million annually on state-funded mental health services. Each year, one in five adults experience a mental disorder, and approximately half experience a mental disorder at some point in their lives.

Connecting care to recovery 2016–2021 is a five-year plan that sets the direction and highlights priorities for action and investment across Queensland’s state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug service system. It aims to deliver earlier and more effective and integrated responses, improved partnerships and collaboration, more effective use of workforce and increased system performance.

The most efficient and effective place for a patient to be supported in their ongoing recovery from an episode of mental ill-health is in their community. For a successful recovery, patients require access to the right services, in the right place and at the right time.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess how well Queensland’s state-funded mental health services are minimising the hospitalisation of mental health patients and providing for effective transition of care into their community.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Health
  • Selected hospital and health services
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.
Parliamentary Committee
Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised