The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales was honoured to host two fellows in November 2018, Ms Rachel Nicoll and Mr Matthew Halpin. Ms Nicoll and Mr Halpin are part of the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship, a program run by the National Mental Health Commission that supports emerging leaders with a passion and commitment to mental health.
The Commission is committed to growing emerging leaders across the mental health arena and is pleased to collaborate with the National Mental Health Commission to support two week-long placements for up to four fellows, this year and again in 2019.
Both Ms Nicoll and Mr Halpin are innovative leaders who brought their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the Commission. Ms Nicoll currently works at Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics, as well as on her family farm in regional NSW. She is passionate about rural and regional Australia and is the Chair of NSW Farmers Association in Hartley. Ms Nicoll is also involved in a range of programs in youth engagement and entrepreneurship, resilience, rural business and community development.
Mr Halpin is the Coordinator Consumer Engagement for Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He has worked in mental health for over 15 years and is a leader in the area of Peer Work in South Australia.
During their time with the Commission, Ms Nicoll and Mr Halpin were invited to attend and contribute to internal meetings with the team. They also had the opportunity to attend the Mental Health Carer Support Worker Forum with Mental Health Carers NSW, as well as the World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson run by the NSW Department of Education.
“While at the Commission, we were given insight into the challenges and accountabilities across the sector, shown the importance of change and encouraged to never stop learning in the journey,” says Ms Nicoll.
Find more information on the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship here: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/our-work/australian-mental-health-leaders-fellowship.aspx