Queensland Lived Experience Workforce Network

By, with and for the Lived Experience Workforce

About Us

The Queensland Lived Experience Workforce Network (QLEWN) is driven by, with and for people who work or volunteer in identified Lived Experience roles in mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention services across Queensland.

QLEWN is committed to enabling Lived Experience workers to lead the ongoing development of and support for the Lived Experience workforce across the state.


In October 2017 Brook RED and Brisbane North PHN invited Lived Experience leaders from across Queensland to a roundtable discussion about their experiences, concerns, and the potential for collaboration to address issues facing the Lived Experience workforce statewide. 

In 2018, the Lived Experience Leadership Roundtable consulted with the Lived Experience workforce across Queensland to guage the level of interest in developing a peak body to represent and support them. This was progressed through the Building Foundations Forum; a sector-wide survey; and a QLEWN strategic planning day. Reports from these processes document consensus across the sector to create an independent, Lived Experience led, state-wide peak body driven by, and operated for the benefit of, people who work or volunteer in identified Lived Experience roles.

In August 2019, Brook RED employed a project officer to progress the establishment of QLEWN as an independent, statewide peak body. The Roundtable subsequently began meeting bi-monthly to guide the project until QLEWN has its own legal identity and is in a position to formally recruit its first board of directors.

Q-LEWN Priorities

Priorities for QLEWN were identified through consultations in 2018 with the Lived Experience workforce.

  1. Sector Leadership
    • Consult with and represent the Lived Experience workforce
    • Champion the Lived Experience workforce
    • Support the workforce
    • Promote networking
    • Disseminate information
  1. Education and Training
    • Promote and facilitate accredited training and ongoing professional development
    • Promote and facilitate supervision and mentoring
  1. Advocacy
    • Lead processes for enabling a collective voice for the Lived Experience workforce
    • Advocate to government and other decision makers to advance Lived Experience workforce agendas
    • Influence and undertake research and policy development

QLEWN fully supports and advocates for the implementation of the Queensland Framework for the Development of the Lived Experience Workforce, released by the Queensland Mental Health Commission in 2019.

QLEWN acknowledges the First Australians, who are the Traditional Owners of the lands, winds, and waters of the Country we work on.  We pay our respects to their elders – past, present, and emerging; and we pay our respects to the long and ongoing connection and relationship they have with this Country.  We are grateful for the privilege of sharing this land and express our sorrow for the historic and continued cost of that sharing to First Nations People.  We acknowledge that this land was never ceded.  We know that recovery is not fully possible where systemic injustice and dispossession exist.  In the interests of creating a genuinely equitable and just Australia, Brook RED seeks to walk a path of continual learning, development, and practice that contributes to reconciliation.