New CEO for Mental Health Commission

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, has announced that Dr Peggy Brown has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission.

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11 September 2016

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, today announced that Dr Peggy Brown has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission.

Dr Brown was recommended by a selection panel, which included the Commission’s chair, Professor Allan Fels AO.

Ms Ley said: “Dr Brown is widely acknowledged and respected at a national level for both her health sector leadership and clinical skills.

“She has a deep practical understanding of the national mental health system and of the direction of reforms now underway.

“I am very confident that Dr Brown will build on the Commission’s strong record as we further develop and implement the national mental health reform agenda.”

Ms Ley thanked David Butt for his work in leading the Commission since early January 2014. Mr Butt is leaving the Commission to take up the position of CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance – the national peak body for the rural and remote health sector.

“Mr Butt has done an outstanding job in guiding the Commission through a hugely active period, which included its mammoth Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services,” she said.

“Dr Brown is extremely well-positioned to take up the reins, having served on the Expert Reference Group, which advised me on the Government’s response to the Review.”

The National Mental Health Commission was set up in 2012 to provide independent reports and advice to the community and government on ways to improve mental health services.

Dr Brown is currently Chief Psychiatrist with the Northern Territory Department of Health and Acting Director of Medical Services with Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services in Brisbane.

She is a former Director-General of ACT Health and has been Chief Psychiatrist or Director of Mental Health in three Australian jurisdictions over a 20-year period.

Media contact: Randal Markey 0417 318 620

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