The Brisbane Hot Topics Peer Support Group is a group for people with an intellectual disability, run by people with an intellectual disability and has been running for over 20 years. Group Convenor Donna Best hosts monthly meetings from QDN’s Spring Hill office with an option to join via zoom.

The Brisbane Hot Topics Peer Support Group talk about a range of topics including health services, getting prepared for an emergency and how to talk to the media. The Hot Topics group also regularly meets with similar self-advocate groups in Canada online.

The group meet on the last Friday of the month at QDN’s office, 338 Turbot Street, Spring Hill and online.

Call QDN on 1300 363 783 or email peersupport@qdn.org.au to find out more about these meetings.

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Click here for the QDN calendar. Type ‘Peer Support Group’ in the search area to find upcoming group meeting dates and times.

What's Happening

  • A group of men and women standing along a baordroom wall. There is a large screen behind them. They are all looking at the camera smiling.People with disability want support to make their own decisions
      People with disability want support to make their own decisions The Brisbane Hot Topics Peer Support Group was featured in the Royal Commission Connect Newsletter this month. ‘People think I am not capable because of my disability’ but ‘they should talk to me instead of going behind my back.’ Eight people with intellectual disability from Brisbane peer support group ‘Hot Topics’ shared their views on choice, control and decision making at a co-designed focus group with the Royal ... Read More
  • Event for people with an intellectual disability: International Day of People with Disability Online Global Event. There is a graphic of a person with blue green and orange shapes around them.International Day of People with Disability online event – Summary Report
      International Day of People with Disability online event – Summary Report Self-advocates leading in a post-COVID world Almost one hundred (100) people with intellectual disability from around  Australia, Canada and even America, came together on International Day of People with Disability to talk about how they use their voices to lead in a post-COVID world. The webinar was a collaboration from people with an intellectual disability from Brisbane Hot Topics Peer Support Group, Gold ... Read More
  • A Yellow Queensland Rail train arriving at platform.Peer Support Group Updates
    Peer Support Group Updates Group Convenor Training Days 15 and 16 October 2020 On 15 and 16 October, Group Convenors from across Queensland came together for two days of training in Brisbane. Across the two days convenors explored topics like transformation leadership and capturing digital stories.  Convenors heard from representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency and Every Australian Count to keep up to date with changes around the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  These ... Read More
  • QDN Local Support Groups videos launched
    QDN Local Support Groups videos launched Recently at QDNs Annual General Meeting, two digital stories were launched for the first time to celebrate QDN’s local support groups work to inform, connect, lead and influence people with disabilities in local communities across Queensland.   The digital stories showcase QDNs peer groups and the work of peer groups across the State.  QDN has 20 local support groups, operating ... Read More
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Submissions and consultations

Online Event for people with an intellectual disability: International Day of People with Disability Online Global Event. Friday, 3 December 2021, 9am Queensland, 9:30am South Australia, 10am New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria. Register through the link in the post. There is a graphic of a person with colourful shapes around them. At the bottom there is three logos, Community Living London, Peer Support Groups, QDN Queenslanders with Disability Network.

International Day of People with Disability online event - Summary Report
Self-advocates leading in a post-COVID world
If you would like to watch the video from the event head here.

Read the Summary Report herefull letter

Watch the Brisbane Hot Topics and Emergency Preparedness Video

A story about how people with disability can access the Gold Coast community.

Click hereto watch the video.

Watch the Brisbane Hot Topics Introduction Video

This video explains who the Hot Topics Peer Support Group are, how the group supports each other as people with disability, the topics they discuss and how to give the members of the group and all those with a disability, a voice.

Click hereto watch the video.

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"In the last 22 years we have done some amazing things that a group of people with intellectual disability were told could never do. Now look at us! We’re connecting with self-advocates in Canada and the world."

Donna