Mental Health: implementing reforms and improving outcomes

Mental Health: implementing reforms and improving outcomes

Nov 26
The final event in CEDA’s 2021 Mental Health series clarifies the implications of announced reforms and record investments in the sector, and considers the practical way forward for those delivering services as the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is finalised.
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Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Australia
John Brogden AM, Chairman, Lifeline Australia
Tim Marney, Chief Economist, Nous Group
Scientia Professor Helen Christensen AO, Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute

Event Overview

Join leading voices from across the mental health sector as they look ahead to the immediate future of care and how to turn now known policies, investments and strategies into improved outcomes.
The Commonwealth and State Governments have made significant commitments to improving access to services, early intervention, improving evidence that informs policy and decision making and to a whole of government approach. 
Join CEDA’s national audience to hear what this means for the delivery of care - for skilling and training, existing business models and governance and for improving outcomes for individuals and communities.
Livestream start times:
SA: 12.30pm
NT: 11.30am
QLD: 12.00pm
WA: 10.00am

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

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Australia

Leanne has been the Chief Executive Officer at Mental Health Australia since April 2020. Leanne has 15 years’ experience in direct mental health care in clinical settings in Melbourne and is a former Director of Mental Health and Drugs at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, a role she held for five years.  Her background includes clinical qualifications in Occupational Therapy and Family Therapy, as well as a Masters of Business Leadership and a PhD in Psychology in organisational culture and performance.

John Brogden AM
Chairman, Lifeline Australia

As one of Australia’s leading politicians and now a business leader, John Brogden is living proof that even from the darkest places, there can be a way back.  John was diagnosed with depression in early 2006 following a suicide attempt in 2005. Thanks to his profile, John has changed the way we talk about suicide and in turn, is helping thousands of individuals through his involvement with Lifeline Australia, where he has been the Chairman since 2012 and has been President of LifeLine International from 2021.

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen AO
Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute

Helen serves as Chief Investigator for the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Elizabeth Blackman Fellow in Public Health.  She is also on the Million Minds panel, a government initiative that has brought together the most distinguished academics and mental health professionals to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and suicide.
Professor Christensen is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. 

Meet the moderator

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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