Better Access Evaluation – Stakeholder engagement group

The Better Access Evaluation – Stakeholder engagement group (SEG) has been established to consult on the evaluation of the Better Access initiative.


The SEG will provide views and input on any matter associated with the evaluation of the Better Access initiative.


The SEG membership’s professional bodies have each nominated members to represent their organisation. The carer and consumer representatives participate in the SEG in their individual capacity as people with lived experience of mental illness.  

The below table details the membership of the SEG:

Member Organisation

Mr Mark Roddam (Chair)

First Assistant Secretary, Mental Health Division, Department of Health and Aged Care

Dr Chris Atmore

Allied Health Professions Australia

Ms Amanda Curran

Australian Association of Psychologists Inc

Ms Rachel Reilly

Australian Association of Social Workers

Dr David Hallford

Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Professor Michael Hazelton

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Ms Jenny Johnson

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Dr Philip Armstrong

Australian Counsellors Association

Dr Antonio Di Dio

Australian Medical Association

Dr Bill Pring

Australian Medical Association

Ms Bridgit Hogan

Australian Music Therapy Association

Dr Kate Dempsey

Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)

Ms Tamara Cavenett

Australian Psychological Society

Ms Suzie Adam

Carer representative

Ms Heather Nowak

Consumer representative

Mr Robert Hunt

Dieticians Australia

Ms Anita Hobson-Powell

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Ms Sarah Szydzik

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia

Mr Harry Lovelock

Mental Health Australia

Ms Gulnara Abbasova

Migration Council Australia

Ms Christine Morgan

National Mental Health Commission

Ms Erin Garner

Occupational Therapy Australia

Ms Samantha Edmonds

Older Persons Advocacy Network

Mr Philip Amos

Primary Health Networks Cooperative

Ms Johanna de Wever

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Dr Elizabeth Moore

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Dr Caroline Johnson

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


The SEG is expected to meet approximately 6 times between September 2021 and November 2022. All meetings will be held virtually.

Related committees or groups

The Better Access Evaluation – Clinical Advisory Group is also involved with the evaluation.


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