Announced on 27 May 2021 by the Minister for Communities Leeanne Enoch, the Queensland Government committed to address social isolation and loneliness through Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Isolation and Loneliness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Enoch said COVID-19 had a big impact on Queenslanders, particularly vulnerable people who are at the biggest risk of social isolation and loneliness.
“In fact, one in five Australians reported feelings of loneliness and social isolation as a result of the pandemic.”
COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the sense of social isolation being experienced by many people in the community.
“Loneliness is a condition affecting many Queenslanders young and old and is leading to poorer physical and mental health outcomes,” Mr Tucker-Evans said.
“This Inquiry will look at both these separate yet related issues and should assist to build stronger social connections.”
COTA Queensland wants to hear your views and experiences on social isolation and loneliness to inform their submission. You can access their Engagement Hub and your say here.
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