Mental Health Consumer Reference Group Moves Forward
The Consumer Reference Group tasked with guiding the establishment of a new mental health consumer organisation met for the first time on 30 August 2012.
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30 August 2012
The Consumer Reference Group tasked with guiding the establishment of a new mental health consumer organisation met for the first time today.
Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said, once established, the new Organisation will be dedicated to representing the diverse views of mental health consumers to contribute to a more responsive and accountable mental health system.
“The new organisation will be critical to the successful implementation of the Government’s $2.2 billion National Mental Health Reform package,” Mr Butler said.
“It is critical that the voice of mental health consumers is represented to government in the delivery of new and existing programs and initiatives.”
Mental health consumers can already register their interest in the organization through the Mental Health Consumer Organisation website.
A communique will be released with outcomes following the meeting.
The Australian Government has invested $4 million over five years to establish and operate the new organisation as part of its landmark $2.2 billion national mental health reform package.
The Consumer Reference Group is chaired by Mr Ian Watts who has an extensive health care background and substantial experience in leadership and organisational roles.
The full membership of the Consumer Reference Group is:
- Mr Ian Watts (Chair)
- Dr Michelle Banfield
- Mr Michael Burge
- Ms Fay Jackson
- Mr Darren Jiggins
- Mr Keith Mahar
- Mr Lei Ning
- Mr Wayne Oldfield
- Ms Lorraine Powell
- Ms Emily Todorov
- Ms Lily Wu
For more information, contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280
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