Mental health reform - Hon. Julia Gillard AC

Mental health reform - Hon. Julia Gillard AC

Sep 23
CEDA welcomes the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Chair of Beyond Blue for her analysis of the progress of mental health reform in Australia and her thoughts on how we best deliver effective services and support.
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The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Chair, Beyond Blue and former Prime Minister of Australia
Tim Marney, Chief Economist, Nous Group
Colman O'Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer, St John of God Burwood and Richmond Hospitals and Group Lead- Mental Health Strategy, Adjunct Associate Professor, UNSW

Event Overview

The annual cost of poor mental health to the economy is around 4 per cent of GDP. One in five Australian workers will experience a mental health condition in any 12-month period.

As Chair of Beyond Blue, Julia Gillard has increased awareness around the importance of mental health funding and reform.

With record investment from the Commonwealth, and commitments to significant strategies and plans to improve mental health care and suicide prevention, this forum considers the implications of those, and asks what next for the future of mental health reform in Australia?

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 3.30pm
WA: 2.00pm

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Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC
Chair, Beyond Blue and former Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. She currently serves as the Chair of Beyond Blue, one of Australia’s leading mental health awareness bodies; is Chair of the global funding body for education in developing countries, the Global Partnership for Education; and is the inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College London, which through research, practice and advocacy, is addressing women’s under-representation in leadership.

Meet the moderators

Tim Marney
Chief Economist, Nous Group

Tim has over 28 years’ experience in health, human services, economics and finance. Tim was the Western Australian Under Treasurer for almost a decade. He led reform of the state’s finances, revenues, procurement, non-government organisation/government relationships, public works and strategic projects. This was followed by over five years in the role of Mental Health Commissioner of Western Australia. Tim also served on the Beyond Blue board of directors from 2008 to 2019 and as Deputy Chair from 2011 to 2019.

Colman O'Driscoll
Chief Executive Officer, St John of God Burwood and Richmond Hospitals and Group Lead- Mental Health Strategy, Adjunct Associate Professor, UNSW

Colman is the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Burwood and Richmond Hospitals and is the Group Lead for Mental Health Strategy at St John of God Health Care. Colman has over 20 years’ experience across the health system, including senior leadership roles within the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. His experience includes working as the Chief of Staff in the NSW Government where he was responsible for driving significant reforms within the NSW Mental Health system, including the establishment of the NSW Mental Health Commission. 

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