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 is a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With more than 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 more than 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 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:

Integrity - We are accountable and do what is right.

Curiosity - We ask questions, are interested and never stop learning.

Together - We are stronger as a team.

People Centred - Nothing for you, without you.

Respect - Each person and their experiences are unique.

 

Our Strategy:

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland

Our Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC announced his patronage to Open Minds on Wattle Day 2014.

Born in Brisbane in 1948, His Excellency is a dedicated and long –standing Queenslander. The Governor studied at the University of Queensland and graduated in Arts in 1969, and in Laws (with Honours) in 1971. At the end of 1971 he was called to the Bar and appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.

In 1985, the Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.

In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000), the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.

His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

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Meet our Team

Damien Lefrancke
General Manager Service Delivery QLD

Damien Lefrancke has over 20 years of business experience in General Management, National and State Management roles gained in some of the biggest brand names across the Telecommunications, Retail and Real Estate industries. This experience has been focused heavily on strategic planning, business transformation, and large-scale people development and leadership.

Damien has most recently been operating his own independent management consulting business which has seen him work with many clients across the corporate sector leading and implementing a range of business transformation projects. Prior to that Damien was with Telstra Corporation for nearly 10 years where he held the role of General Manager – Sales and Operations, Queensland. In this role he was responsible for the delivering the overall consumer and small business performance across service, sales and revenue metrics. He was also responsible for ensuring the successful and efficient operation of all Telstra stores and Telstra offices across Queensland.

Before joining Telstra, Damien held several senior retail positions with Harvey Norman and was a Franchisee within their Computers and Communications business. He has also worked within a number of other franchised retail and real estate companies, predominately in business consulting and franchise recruitment roles.  Damien holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Industrial Relations from the University of Queensland and has numerous other qualifications in business practice, workplace training and assessment and small business operations.

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. Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 Awards and important dates.

 

Governance

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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.