The future of mental health support and services

The future of mental health support and services

May 4
Join leading mental health decision makers and advocates to discuss developing a holistic approach to support and services.
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Lucinda Brogden AM, Chair, National Mental Health Commission
Professor Allan Fels AO, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Patron, Mental Health Victoria
Jason Trethowan, Chief Executive Officer, headspace
Tim Marney, Chief Economist, Nous Group

Event Overview

One in 16 Australians – or 1.16 million people – are currently experiencing depression. This is an extraordinary number and one expected to grow with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Apart from the human toll, the impact on the economy and on businesses is troubling.

At Federal and State Government levels there have been reviews and royal commissions into addressing mental health support and services, and no doubt many organisations and communities are also doing their own work. How do we come together to develop a holistic approach to providing support to those suffering from mental health episodes, and developing strategies to stop mental health problems before they take hold?

Join CEDA’s expert panel to discuss the way forward.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Lucinda Brogden AM
Chair, National Mental Health Commission

Lucy brings to the Commission extensive experience in psychology and has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing mental health and wellbeing particularly in the workplace and the community. She takes an evidence-based approach to problem solving and social investment. Lucy has more than 25 years' commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology.

Professor Allan Fels AO
Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Patron, Mental Health Victoria

Allan was Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (and its predecessor bodies) from 1989 until 2003. He has had numerous other regulatory roles in sectors such as insurance, agriculture, telecommunications, aviation, taxis and unpaid workers. More recently, Allan was Foundation Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, and a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. In addition to his current positions with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Mental Health Victoria, and Board Member of Mind Australia, he is Chair of the Haven Foundation which provides accommodation to mentally ill persons, and is Chair of the Governance Board of Visy Australia.

Jason Trethowan
Chief Executive Officer, headspace

Jason commenced as Chief Executive Officer at headspace in February 2017. He has spent the bulk of his career in the health sector where he has been driven by a passion to improve health services and access for Australians. Before beginning at headspace he spent 18 months as CEO of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network where he implemented a new organisational structure and led the transition of three Medicare Locals into a single PHN.

Meet the facilitator

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.

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