31 October 2018

The NSW Mental Health Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Tania Skippen to the role of full time NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner.  

Ms Skippen was appointed by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said Ms Skippen brings a wealth of experience that will support the Commission’s core functions of monitoring, reviewing and improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of NSW.  

“Ms Skippen is a clinician of more than 30 years’ experience who has held key positions in health services in NSW, Queensland and Victorian health services,” Ms Lourey said. 

“She brings a breadth of experience in undertaking reviews and reports on mental health, including most recently leading the development of the NSW Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022. 

“In addition to her extensive leadership and workforce development experience, Ms Skippen is an occupational therapist who has worked for decades with children and young people, and their families and carers, to improve their mental health, parenting, family relationships and independent living.”

Ms Skippen said she was excited to join the Commission’s efforts to advance mental health reform.

“I am particularly passionate about children, young people, families and early intervention. We should not wait for illness and issues to progress before we offer help,” Ms Skippen said. 

“I am also a big advocate for recovery approaches which support the whole person - their need for physical, financial and psychological safety... their need for connections, community, love and belonging... their ability to achieve mastery and confidence through participating in the life roles that matter to them."

In addition to her qualifications in occupational therapy, Ms Skippen holds postgraduate qualifications in health service management and planning. 

Ms Skippen is also a Director of SMART Recovery Australia, a non-government organisation which helps people support each other to manage addictive behaviours for the improvement of individual and community health and wellbeing.

Read more about Ms Skippen in her biography.

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Last updated: 6 November 2018