In July 2019, the PHN engaged Carers Queensland – the peak body advocating for enhanced outcomes for families and carers – to establish and lead a stakeholder group to work towards the achievement of the shared objectives in Chapter two of Planning for Wellbeing.
Carers Queensland have engaged a number of carers with a lived experience of caring for someone with mental illness to form the backbone of their stakeholder group, and will look to engage relevant organisations once the specific actions and tasks have been prioritised.
The stakeholder group have developed an implementation plan, prioritising a number of the actions included in Planning for Wellbeing. This includes:
- Ongoing promotion of the Carer Gateway
- Connecting with General Practice Training Queensland to work with GP registrars, promoting and instilling the value of carer-centred practice
- Updating relevant HealthPathways to ensure the promotion of carer-centred practice
- Strategies to build the capacity of carers.
The value of having a core group of relevant carers driving this work is that the voices of those most impacted by this work are being prioritised.
Carers Queensland will continue to lead and support the Family and Carer stakeholder group over 2019/2020, supporting implementation of the plan, and providing advice and guidance to the PHN on how to better support families and carers in other areas of the Regional Plan.