A partnership is a cross-sector collaboration in which organisations work together in a transparent, equitable and mutually beneficial manner towards a sustainable development goal and where those defined as partners agree to commit resources and share the risks as well as the benefits associated with the partnership ….

The Partnering Initiative

symbolWho We Are

Established in 2007, liveWELL CQ is a formal partnership of committed primary health, human services and community care organisations working together to achieve better health outcomes for Central Queenslanders.


We aim to facilitate the development of sustainable partnerships that will identify, develop and implement innovative, enduring health and wellbeing enhancement strategies. The partnership provides for strategic coordination, project delivery and system analysis that assists all partners to better align services, take full advantage of collaborative effort and plan for the future. liveWELL CQ works within the internationally accepted partnering principles of transparency, mutual benefit and equity.

Chair of liveWELL CQ

Michael Shearer

Mr Michael Shearer, Regional Executive Director, Central Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Mr Michael Shearer is the Regional Executive Director, Central Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Mick has worked in a number of Queensland government agencies in various parts of the state over the past 29 years.


A message from the Chair…

liveWELL CQ is a strategic partnership of key professionals across the health and human services sector in Central Queensland who are passionate about improving health and wellbeing outcomes. I first became interested in what was then the CQ Primary Care Partnership, when two of it’s members explained the many benefits of being involved. As they outlined the range of skills and leadership caliber of those people already participating, I thought about the synergies that could be possible with the primary health and community services sectors aligning more closely, and even overlapping where possible. Over the years I have seen liveWELL CQ wax and wane as different people have come and gone and different priorities have emerged out of partners’ aspirations, government reform and community need. The Partnership’s enduring value in making positive transformational change for, and with, our community has been recognised both internally and externally. The value add of the Partnership is that each individual partner agency can advance their objectives as well as participate in the benefit of collective efforts through which every partner ultimately gains advantage. liveWELL CQ acts as an enabler rather than a doer – we build trust and relationships between each other to allow for opportunities to consider issues, design new solutions, address service gaps and respond to community needs as they arise. The strength and maturity of those relationships is really the essence of collaboration and forms the foundation upon which innovation can prosper. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be the Chair of liveWELL CQ and to partner with such a committed and talented group. I look forward to working closely with all partners into the future and continuing to strive for improved health and wellbeing outcomes for Central Queenslanders. Regards Mick

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present.