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About Us

About Us

SOLAS is a community managed organisation delivering quality wellbeing and mental health services throughout northern and western Queensland.

SOLAS (Supported Options in Lifestyle and Access Services Limited) was officially incorporated on the 5th February 1996. In 2014 the incorporation moved to a different structure, being a company limited by guarantee. The SOLAS Board of Directors are a group of professionals representing a broad cross section of the community.

SOLAS employs more than 100 people across northern and western Queensland to carry out a variety of mental health and wellbeing services.

Tom Ryan, the Chair, leads the Board of Directors to develop the strategic vision aligned with the SOLAS Values, Purpose and Guiding Principles.

Debra Burden is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for working collaboratively with the Board of Directors. He works with the senior management team to develop and implement the operational plan that reflects the strategic vision.  


Integrity, Respect, Honesty, Fairness, Openness and Trust.


People working together for wellbeing and citizenship.


SOLAS promotes wellbeing and citizenship by facilitating purposeful and meaningful choices.

Guiding Principles

Human Rights, Person First and Discovery.

Contemporary Recovery Oriented Practice

In order to realise our values, vision, purpose and guiding principles, the key elements of the contemporary frameworks listed below are embedded in all services delivered by SOLAS and our partners.

  • Community Mental Health Practice Framework (Health and Community Services Workforce Council - 2012)
  • A national framework for recovery oriented mental health services (Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council - 2013)
  • National Standards for Mental Health Services (Department of Health - 2010)
Quality Assurance

SOLAS is accredited against The Human Services Quality Framework (Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services - 2012). The organisation participates in a quality assurance process annually to maintain accreditation.

At the heart of these standards and frameworks is a deep respect for human rights that acknowledges and recognises that the person is best placed to know what he/she needs to live a life of choice, purpose, meaning and citizenship.

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