The Mental Health Commission of NSW is seeking expressions of interest for up to three part-time Deputy Commissioner roles, with terms scheduled to begin from 1 December 2018.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said Deputy Commissioners contribute to mental health reform in NSW by providing guidance and advice in their areas of expertise, and by engaging with the community.
“Deputy Commissioners support the Commission to work across government, the mental health and social support sectors, and with people with lived experience of mental health issues and their families and carers,” Ms Lourey said.
“They are part of the public face of the Commission, and play a pivotal role in shaping the work we do to improve people's journeys through support systems and throughout life."
At least one Deputy Commissioner must be a person with lived experience of mental illness. The Commission seeks applications from across all of NSW, including from people who are:
- families and carers of people with mental health issues
- from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- from regional and remote communities
- young people
The Commission is also interested in candidates who can represent the views of people with mental health issues who experience other issues such as drug and alcohol use, disability or who have had contact with the criminal justice system.
People with experience working in the mental health and social support sectors are also encouraged to apply.
“This is an excellent opportunity for people to truly contribute to the future of the mental health reform in NSW,” Ms Lourey said.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21 September 2018