15 January 2019

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey today welcomed the announcement of eight part-time Deputy Commissioners, with the appointment of six new Deputy Commissioners and the re-appointment of two existing Deputy Commissioners.

The role of the Deputy Commissioners is to support the Commission and the community by highlighting the critical issues that impact the mental health and wellbeing of people in NSW and work collaboratively to develop and implement priorities for reform. Six of our new Deputy Commissioners are new to the role, including Daniel Angus, Tom Brideson, Toni Garretty, Tim Heffernan, Jenna Roberts and Pam Rutledge, and will be working alongside re-appointed Conjoint Associate Professor Martin Cohen and Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA. Commissioner Lourey congratulated them on their appointments.

“I am thrilled to welcome the new Deputy Commissioners and know that they will bring great strength to mental health reform in NSW. The depth of experience and expertise held by each of them will enhance the Commission’s key work in advocacy, strategic planning, and monitoring and reporting on mental health improvement across NSW,” Ms Lourey said.

Some of our eight appointed Deputy Commissioners were previously trusted advisors seeking a greater involvement with the Commission, whilst others join us offering a new perspective. We feel confident that their combined backgrounds and experiences will greatly benefit the Commission by providing a wide scope of lived experience, mental health knowledge and expertise.

Their collective insights cover lived experience of mental health issues and caring, suicidality, clinical supports, service management, peer work, Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing, mental health of young people and LGBTIQ+ people, the role of Primary Health Networks, and leadership in the community managed sector.

Our new part-time Deputy Commissioners will be joining full-time Deputy Commissioner Tania Skippen to contribute their expertise towards the development of the Commission’s work.

Read more about our Deputy Commissioners here.

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Last updated: 10 November 2020