About Us

Open Minds is an independent not-for-profit (NFP) organisation that works with people to enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

Open Minds a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With over 100 years of history, Open Minds is committed to its purpose of enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities. Open Minds is also a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, with over 400 employees spread across 35 locations.

We provide Support Workers and other professionals to enable our clients to live as independently as possible. Our services include: Supported Independent Living, Support Coordination, Community Access, Complex care, and more. We believe in working closely with the individual, their family and carers, professionals, and any other stakeholders in their life, to deliver high quality support services suited to their unique needs.

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Our Purpose:

Enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities.

Our Values:

We work together and empower people to succeed.

We act with humility and value curiosity.

We are trustworthy and act with integrity.


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Meet our Team

The Queensland Wattle League Committee pictured in 1919

Our 100 year history

Open Minds began its mission of supporting the community in 1912, formerly the Queensland Wattle Day League. 

Our story starts as a progressive organisation raising funds for art scholarships, we then went on to support returned soldiers following WW1, and funded the build of an Orthopaedic ward at the Rosemount Hospital supplying artificial limbs.

Our story hasn’t changed, we still support those in need in the community, however for nearly the last 30 years, our focus has been on individual and group support to help people with mental illness and disabilities achieve their goals. Learn more about our history, download our centenary book:

Home of the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Open Minds has been running the Awards since its conception in 1996, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illness. Entries for the 2019 Awards are now open until 2nd September 2019!



Understand how Open Minds is governed and meet the Board of Open Minds!

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Our Partnerships

The Open Minds Community Re-Entry Service Team (CREST) works in partnership with the Queensland Correctional Service within the Correctional Centre, Probation and Parole office in Townsville. We support men and women on parole to help make re-entry into the community a success, and to find stable accommodation.

headspace supports young people who are going through a tough time. If you are aged 12-25 and you need someone to talk to, headspace will provide you with access to health advice, education and employment. Open Minds is the lead agency for headspace in both Redcliffe and Taringa.

Open Minds works in partnership with the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN to provide Coastal Supports, a program for people living with severe mental illness who are ineligible for NDIS funding, living on the Sunshine Coast and in Gympie. This program is funded by the Central Queensland, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast PHN.