Mental Health Equity and Access Forum

The Australian Government held a Mental Health Equity and Access Forum on 30 January 2023. The forum focused on how to make mental health services more affordable and accessible to those that need them.


The forum brought together more than 80 experts, clinicians, service providers, academics and people with lived experience to discuss how to improve access to mental health care for all Australians. 

The forum follows the release of the Better Access evaluation that found some people cannot access the mental health care they need.


The forum was hosted by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, and supported by the Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and the Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, the Hon Emma McBride MP and Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health

Attendee Organisation / Experience

Ms Suzie Adam

Carer representative

Dr Philip Armstrong

Australian Counselling Association

Ms Paula Arro

National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Network

Dr Chris Atmore

Allied Health Professions Australia

Mr Ben Bartlett


Dr Zena Burgess

Australian Psychological Society

Ms Rahnee Butterworth

Mental Health Family and Friends Tasmania

Ms Shannon Calvert

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Dr Dawn Casey

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ms Tamara Cavenett

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Eleanor Chew

General Practitioner

Ms Amanda Curran

Australian Association of Psychologists Inc

Dr Catriona Davis-McCabe

Australian Psychological Society

Ms Johanna de Wever

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Dr Kate Dempsey

Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association

Dr Antonio Di Dio

General Practitioner

Ms Suzanne Dick


Ms Tara Diversi

Dietitians Australia

Professor Stephen Duckett


Associate/Adjunct Professor Learne Durrington

Western Australia Primary Health Alliance

Ms Samantha Edmonds

Older Persons Advocacy Network

Ms Vanessa Edwige

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia

Ms Erin Garner

Occupational Therapy Australia

Ms Anne Gawen


Dr Robert Gordon

University of Wollongong

Ms Rachel Green

SANE Australia

Dr David Hallford

Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Ms Erin Halligan

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Dr Debbie Hamilton

Systemic Mental Health Advocate

Ms Georgie Harman

Beyond Blue

Professor Samuel Harvey

Black Dog Institute

Ms Kerry Hawkins

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Professor Michael Hazelton

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Professor Ian Hickie

Health and Policy, and the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Dr Nicole Higgins

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Ms Anita Hobson-Powell

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Ms Ellie Hodges

Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

Ms Bridgit Hogan

The Australian Music Therapy Association

Professor Jennie Hudson

Black Dog Institute

Professor Caroline Hunt

Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Dr Kym Jenkins

Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership

Dr Caroline Johnson

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Ms Lauren Keys

Lived Experience & Mental Health Reform, Northern Territory Primary Health Network

Professor Sharon Lawn

Lived Experience Australia

Mr Harry Lovelock

Mental Health Australia

Ms Melinda Lucas

Tandem Carers

Dr Mairead MacKinnon

Settlement Council of Australia

Professor Patrick McGorry


Ms Vicki McKenna

Black Dog Institute

Professor Faye McMillan

Pharmacist; academic

Dr Danielle McMullen

General Practitioner

Mr Jean-Pierre Menage

Mental Health Social Worker

Dr Michael Millard

This Way Up

Ms Anita Mills

Australian Medical Association

Dr David Mitchell

Chief Psychiatrist of the Northern Territory

Dr Elizabeth Moore

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Ms Christine Morgan

National Mental Health Commission

Ms Nieves Murray

Suicide Prevention Australia

Ms Sue O’Sullivan

Australian Association of Social Workers

Ms Michelle Oliver

Occupational Therapy Australia

Ms Tamira Pascoe

Adelaide Primary Health Network

Ms Kerryn Pennell


Ms Sian Pritchard

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Dr Ines Rio

North Western Melbourne PHN

Ms Vikki Ryall


Mr Colin Seery

Lifeline Australia

Ms Lori-Anne Sharp

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Dr Beth Shelton

National Eating Disorders Collaboration

Ms Nevena Simic

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health

Ms Cindy Smith

Australian Association of Social Workers

Dr Karen Spielman

Australian Society for Psychological Medicine

Mr Tony Stevenson

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

Associate Professor Louise Stone

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Professor Maree Teesson

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use

Professor Nickolai Titov


Dr Astha Tomar

Victorian Branch of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Mx Emily Unity


Mr Craig Wallace

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council


Read the latest ministerial media about the forum:


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