The Mental Health Commission of NSW is delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Lourey to the position of Deputy Commissioner (full time), following a successful recruitment process. Her appointment is effective from May 2016 for three years.
Catherine brings great insight and value to the role through her vast experience in the NSW health and mental health sectors.
Most recently, Catherine has held the position of Special Advisor at the Commission, with her role integral in developing the One Year On progress report. This report was delivered to the NSW Government in February 2016, outlining the Commission’s progress towards implementing our Strategic Plan, Living Well.
Previously, Catherine held the position of Acting Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, where she directed the development of the 2014 national review of mental health services and programmes.
Ms Lourey is a champion of reform and understands that success is achieved through harnessing the ideas and commitment of partners and collaborators, and intrinsically involves people with lived experience and their carers and supporters. She has a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary mental health issues, and brings an in-depth understanding of the NSW and national context for mental health reform and priorities.
“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity at the Commission to work with people across NSW, consumers and carers, professionals and community managed service providers, to improve outcomes and lives of people living with mental health problems and the people who support them,” Catherine said.
Catherine has 30 years of experience working in the health sector at the local, state and national levels. We congratulate Catherine on her new role, and look forward to seeing her contribute to the Commission’s goals over the next three years.