The Hand Up Not a Hand Out Toolkit was initiated in 2014 following a State Government Ministerial Roundtable where community leaders and rural service providers raised concerns regarding the impacts that droughts and other significant natural events were having on the health of communities and the individuals living in their communities.

The Queensland Mental Health Commission, Queensland Health, and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services agreed to support the development of a Toolkit to support communities affected by the ongoing impact of the drought.

The aim of project jointly led by Sandra Corfield, Chief Executive Officer of Central Queensland Rural Health and Sandra Kennedy, Director of Mental Health and ATODS, North West Hospital and Health Services was to develop a resource that supported the development of local Mental Health plans at the community level.

The Queensland communities of Julia Creek, McKinlay, Springsure and Emerald participated in consultation activities to identify what communities needed to make them stronger and to increase resilience during tough times caused by natural disasters.

Hand Up Not a Hand Out Toolkit Resources

These resources will assist rural community leaders to develop and implement processes to improve resilience and build capacity in partnership with their communities to reduce the impact of natural disasters. Click on the boxes below to find more detailed information.