Self Help Queensland Inc has its origins in the Australian Self Helping Health Care Association (ASHHCA) begun in 1983 and formally incorporated in Queensland in November 1984.
In 1995 Qld Health funded ASHHCA to identify the needs of the Self Help Sector in Queensland. Findings were that groups wanted to join a peer network to share resources and support each other. They wanted to let their communities know of the support they provide and be a strong, united voice when lobbying Government to develop or change policies that respond to the needs of the sector.
In October 1995, ASHHCA became the Queensland Network of Self Help Organisations Inc (QNOSHO) to promote, support and enable self care in Queensland. In 1998 the organisation name was simplified to become Self Help Queensland Inc (SHQ).
Since its foundation, SHQ has evolved its focus and activities to reflect the wishes of its members. Importantly, while it has grown from a small voluntary organisation working from member’s homes, to a well established organisation employing paid workers, SHQ continues to be governed by a Voluntary Management Committee directed by member groups.
Membership has grown from 30 groups to over 700 groups in the last 10 years. The quarterly newsletter has grown from 2 pages to 26 pages, with circulation increasing from 60 to currently over 1600 individuals and groups.