Ipswich Assembly

Victory in Ipswich for improved mental Health services 
On 15 February, over 200 locals packed a incredibly hot Ipswich City Uniting Church to achieve a real victory for better mental health services for Ipswich. The Queensland Government, the West Moreton Health and Hospital Service, the Primary Health network and a number of key mental health agencies agreed to work together to establish a Collective Impact Project around mental health in West Moreton.

The State Government encouraged a consortium to apply for Innovation funding, and the Primary Health Network agreed to work with us to ensure upcoming federal funding conforms to a collective impact approach.  

This came about because of the work of local Ipswich Alliance leaders, and the powerful first hand stories we heard of of desperately needed services not being available. Stories by people like Julz, who shared her own struggles to get help, for herself and her daughter, and the death of a friend after 42 unsuccessful calls to seek help. 

We also had an received in-principal support from Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale for ReActivate Ipswich, a scheme to fill the 50+ vacant shopfronts in Ipswich CBD with new startups. We've produced a video that highlights the outcome of this section of the night hereWe will keep the pressure up on Council until we get this commitment locked in, with a meeting with the Mayor at 6pm on Tuesday 26 April that it will be important to attend.