Mental health: reshaping the approach to policy and advocacy

Mental health: reshaping the approach to policy and advocacy

Jun 28
Join the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey as she discusses how COVID-19 is changing the Commission’s approach to policy and advocacy.
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Catherine Lourey, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW

Event Overview

Productivity Commission data indicates that mental health costs the Australian economy $2 billion each year and, as highlighted by Professor Allan Fels in a CEDA livestream in May, the subject of mental health has repeatedly risen to the top of Government priorities but does not stay for long.

Mental Health Commission of NSW Commissioner, Catherine Lourey will discuss their approach to mental health policy and support, and how COVID-19 has reshaped its approach, exploring:
  • Reflecting on 2020, there is much to be grateful for, and recognise how agile government and business responses were.
  • As we emerge from COVID-19 and move towards recovery from natural disasters and adverse events, we need to fully acknowledge that recovery for the community will be measured in years not months.
  • Mentally healthy workplaces and socially responsible businesses are critical to resilience and recovery.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speaker

Catherine Lourey
Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW

It was while working as a young graduate in inner city Sydney, designing and delivering public housing for communities in Waterloo, that Catherine first saw up close just how often mental illness courses through people’s lives. The longer she worked in public housing, the more Catherine became convinced that health care was the best lever to pull to improve people’s lives: when people are well they can pursue education, employment, have a better chance of avoiding poverty and of raising healthy, thriving families. A similar holistic view, boldly laid out in the Living Well strategic plan created by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, attracted her to the organisation many years later, eventually becoming its Commissioner in 2017.

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