Your Life Your Choice Host Providers - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Your Life Your Choice Host Providers

Open Minds Australia

Available to

Greater Brisbane, north to Caboolture and Sunshine Coast, west to Ipswich and Toowoomba, east to the Redlands and Bay Islands and south to Logan and the Gold Coast, and in Townsville.

Target group

Individuals 16 years and over who have a primary diagnosis of psychiatric disability, intellectual disability, acquired
brain injury and/or dual disabilities.

Organisational Information

Open Minds is a Queensland based organisation with over 100 years’ experience in providing high quality disability and mental health community support services. Our progressive and innovative approach provides for a person centred approach that ensures:

  • Flexible planning for your needs,
  • Diversity in your program options, and
  • Tailored services to meet your individual requirements.

Our aim is to support you (and your family) live the life you choose with the right supports provided at the right time in the right location. Our vision is for an inclusive Australian community where every person has the opportunity to live a life of choice, fulfilment and participation. We will work with you to develop your support plan and customise your supports and services for your needs so that you may pursue your dreams, develop your abilities, and achieve your goals.

Open Minds has proven experience working with individuals (and their families) within self-directed funding frameworks. Our Client & Family Engagement Coordinator can work with you and your family to assist you in the planning process and engagement with other service providers.

Open Minds believes that recovery is possible. We commit to providing the best service for you, using The Open Minds Recovery Enhancement Framework™, a unique program that allows you to discover what it is you really want and then create the steps together to attain your dreams. With over 100 years of experience in successfully supporting clients and families, you are in safe hands.

Our personalised approach to our service delivery recognises that all people are unique and personal circumstances change over time, ensuring that Open Minds and our staff:

  • respond to your current needs
  • source individualised, innovative & tailored services to assist you to live the life you choose in a community of your choice; and
  • promote your right to live a full life, especially when your choices may differ from others.

Should you choose to purchase some of your supports through Open Minds, we have a range of skilled Service Planners with extensive experience across many types of support programs to provide advice, options and tailoring to best suit your personal circumstances.

We understand that the self directed funding under the Your Life Your Choice options can be difficult to navigate but our Service Planners will work with you (and your family if requested) to do as little or as much as you require to meet your Disability Services funding package and create a plan that supports you to purchase the services that you would like to live the life you choose.

This may include purchasing services directly from Open Minds or non Open Minds organisations. This streamlines the whole process for you with one point of contact. The choice is yours!

Host Provider Model

What do you want your life to look like?

What can we do for you?

Your Life Your Choice offers people with disability choice and control over the disability supports and services they are eligible to receive under Disability Services' funding. As a host provider we will work with you to assist you to choose to self-direct your supports using funding and resources to plan, purchase and select supports that best suit your needs. Self-directed support will look different for each person and can change as individual circumstances change and having regard to how much responsibility you want to have in the planning, budgeting and coordinating of your support.

We will support you to access service providers to ensure your personal choices outlined in your plan are met and you access the services you want. This hosting service will mean that you (and your family) will not have to worry about complex payment and contract negotiations if you wish to purchase services from more than one provider. Open Minds as your Host Provider can be your single point of contact to liaise with other providers on your behalf.

Open Minds offers a comprehensive range of services that provide a “one stop” approach to self funded, self directed Your Life Your Choice clients to have choice and control of service planning and supports design. Services will be designed after consultation and development with you, your family and carers. You are able to have as many or as few services as you wish and an Open Minds Client & Family Engagement Coordinator can help you find what you need.

Our personalised approach to service planning recognises that all people are unique and that personal circumstances change over time. We also recognise that different support services and engagement approaches may apply for the following different age groups:

  • 16 – 18 years: youth
  • 18 – 25 years: young adults
  • 25 – 40 years: adults
  • 40 – 65 years: mature adults, and
  • 65 years plus: older adults

Open Minds will work with you and your family to develop a plan that meets your specific needs and priorities. This includes assisting you to budget and coordinate your funding and ensuring the products you wish to purchase relate to what Disability Services has assessed for you.

Should you choose to purchase some direct service delivery from Open Minds, we offer direct provision of individually tailored products. Our experienced Service Planners will assist you to:

  1. Know your services and supports allowed in your funding package
  2. Purchase the right service products that meet your needs

Our services include:

  • Navigating the System
  • Community Connection
  • Daily Living Support
  • Your House - Your Home
  • Holiday and Leisure
  • Social Skills Development
  • Healthy Living
  • Medication Management
  • Personal Lifestyle Management
  • Wellness and Recovery
  • Rehabilitation and Strengthen
  • Managing Your Money
  • Families and Carers' Support
  • LGBTIQ/CALD Support
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Support
  • Transport service
  • Other services as requested by YOU, tailored to fit your needs and desires!

Now it’s time to create the life you have dreamed of, knowing that you have the support that you need. Custom make your program by purchasing the services to achieve your goals. Choose from as many or as few services/products to suit your needs. The decision is yours!

Fee Structure

  1. Initial free consultation regarding our products

  2. Establishment fee: Estimated cost $500 based on the following -
    Processing referral; intake and assessment; development of Individual Plan & identification of products required. This is a one off fee and negotiated based on your needs’ assessment and is subject to change if further specialist assessment required.

  3. Hosting fees: Where you would like us to be your host service provider and assist you to access other services, our fees will be -

  4. 7% of total funding for packages up to $30,000

  5. 5% of total funding for packages above $30,000

  6. Ongoing Direct Support: Costs will depend on your support needs and the products you would like to purchase with fees commencing at $49.50 per hour depending on your circumstances.

  7. Other: A cancellation fee may apply where you cancel the direct support services inside 2 days of the agreed delivery time. The above fees may be subject to change and will be reviewed annually.





Contact name:
Denise Cumming
Contact position:
Recovery Services Manager
Contact phone:
07 3896 4222
Contact email:
Secondary contact name:
Linda Shaw
Secondary contact email:

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