Keep Queenslanders healthy

Good health improves life satisfaction and allows people to enjoy a productive and active lifestyle, so it is important that Queenslanders have both healthy bodies and healthy minds. If interventions are made at the right time, in the right way, we can work to shift the burden of disease and make Queensland the leading healthy state.

Mental health is also a significant health issue. While new avenues for identifying mental health issues are opening, and more workplaces are aware of their employee’s mental health and wellbeing, new threats to mental health, such as cyberbullying, are emerging.

The government's priorities:

Increase the number of Queenslanders with a healthy body weight

Proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight

*Target is calculated from the 2014–15 baseline.

Source: ABS: National Health Survey.

Unhealthy body weight is a significant health issue. It is also a precursor to a number of other preventable health conditions that have significant impacts on the health system. People in the healthy weight range are at lower risk of chronic disease, more likely to report good health and more likely to be satisfied with their health.

What do we want to achieve?

Increase the proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight by 10% by 2026.

Interpreting the results

As at 2014–15, the proportion of adults and children with a healthy body weight was approximately 36% for adults and 66% for children and this has not improved significantly since 2007–08. The next results will be for 2017–18 and are expected to be available in late 2018.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government continues to roll out a suite of programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle and achieve our target.

Government's actions

  • My health, Queensland's future: Advancing health 2026 has a vision for Queenslanders to be among the healthiest people in the world by 2026. There are a number of strategies and action plans that sit under Advancing Health 2026. The Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2017 to 2026 has a strategy specifically focussed on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Establishing a statutory public health commission to support good health and tackle Queensland’s high obesity and chronic disease rates.
  • Expansion of the preventive health Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyle Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to support initiatives in selected sites across Queensland.
  • The Advance Queensland Sport and Active Recreation Strategy will provide Queenslanders with more opportunities to participate and achieve success in, and benefit from sport and active recreation throughout their lives. Consultation is underway, and all Queenslanders can have their say.

Reduce suicides

Rate of suicide deaths in Queensland

*Target calculated from the 2015 baseline.

Source: Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2018.
Greater Capital City and Rest of State are defined as Statistical Area Level 4s (SA4s).

Suicide has devastating impacts on families, friends and communities. Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 Queenslanders each year have died by suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

What do we want to achieve?

Reduce suicide rate by 50% by 2026.

Interpreting the results

The rate of suicide deaths in Queensland has not improved over the last 4 years. The rate of suicide deaths in Queensland for 15 to 24-year-olds and for people living outside of major cities increased between 2012 and 2016.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government has a strong focus on mental health and reducing suicide rates.

Government's actions

  • My health, Queensland's future: Advancing health 2026 has a strong focus on mental health. Under Advancing health 2026 sits the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan (2014–2019). The renewal of the Queensland Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan will set the direction for a whole-of-government approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and preventing and reducing the impact of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and suicide. It is supported by the following action plans:
    • Queensland Rural and Remote Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2016–18
    • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016–18.
  • The Connecting care to recovery 2016–2021 plan for Queensland’s state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services builds on the framework in Advancing health 2026. The plan will guide the government’s $350 million investment in mental health.
  • The Suicide Prevention in Health Services Initiative, which aims to contribute to a measurable reduction in suicide has been allocated $9.6 million over four years. Included in the Initiative was the establishment of the Queensland Suicide Prevention Health Taskforce which continues to ensure a comprehensive partnership approach to suicide prevention in health services with Health and Hospital Services, Primary Health Networks and people with a lived experience of suicide.
  • The Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs initiative seeks to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by improving awareness, capacity and coordinating local mental health and wellbeing activity. Three Hubs are in operation in Logan, Central Highlands, and Far North Queensland.
  • On 15 October 2018, the Premier released the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce ReportAdjust our Settings: A community approach to address cyberbullying among children and young people in Queensland and the Government Response to the Report. The Government has accepted or accepted in-principle all 29 Report recommendations.

Case study

Last reviewed
12 November, 2018
Last updated
12 November, 2018