Self Help Queensland Inc (SHQ) supports people to find and sustain support groups to improve their health and well-being. We help people, their family and carers, with all kinds of health issues, including genetic conditions, chronic disease, addiction, grief and loss, parenting, trauma, abuse and mental health.

We make referrals and assist all kinds of groups, whether they are local or international, small or large, on-line or face-to-face, formal or casual. Self help groups are also called peer support, lived experience groups or support groups. We can assist with practical help, planning and referral, promotion, training and networking.

We have a bi-monthly newsletter, a referral directory and facebook page, please connect with us!

SHQ is governed by a Voluntary Management Committee comprising community members who stand for election each year at the SHQ Annual General Meeting.

We receive funding from Queensland Health to help carry out our activities.

Our Management Committee – some profiles


We aim to :

Develop the capacity of support groups to help their members through adverse life circumstances and serious health challenges.

Encourage people to form and sustain new support groups as new health issues and community needs emerge.

Improve the access of all Queenslanders to self-help groups, expanding the self-help sector’s engagement with:

  • A diversity of health issues,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups,
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and
  • Rural and remote communities.

Ensure that sharing the lived experience of health challenges is a valued part of recovery, sustaining well-being and chronic disease management.

Build the sustainability of Self Help Queensland to allow its strategies to be achieved.

ACNC Public Listing as a charity

History of Self Help Queensland

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’s 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.

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