The Queensland Ed-LinQ initiative is a statewide initiative funded through the Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007 - 2017 and administered by Queensland Health. It works strategically at a state and district level to improve linkages between the education sector, the primary care sector and the mental health sector. It aims to support these sectors to work collaboratively in order to enhance the early detection and treatment of mental illness affecting school-aged children and young people.
The relationship between health and education is well established. Healthy children are better able to learn, and higher educational achievement is strongly associated with better health. Health and education professionals have complementary roles in securing better outcomes for our children and young people. This document has been developed in partnership with government, independent and catholic education sectors to provide an overarching framework for the Queensland Ed-LinQ initiative. It is intended for use by mental health, education and primary care staff who are involved with the Queensland Ed-LinQ initiative.
It is envisaged that as a result of the Queensland Ed-LinQ initiative:
School staff will know how to identify when a student is at risk of, or is experiencing, mental illness.
School staff will have access to information regarding comprehensive local referral and care pathways.
Appropriate services will be accessed to provide advice, assessment and intervention for identified students.
This process will be supported by strong strategic links at the local level, improving access to key resources.
This process will be supported through a focus on developing the skills and knowledge of key education and primary care stakeholders.
Ultimately, there will be an overall improvement in the mental health outcomes of Queensland school students.
This vision will be achieved through state and district activities in three strategic focus areas: strategic partnerships, enhancing capacity and clinical guidance.
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention 2010