Psychosocial Project Group

The Psychosocial Project Group is analysing the unmet need for psychosocial supports outside the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


The Department of Health and Aged Care and state and territory governments established the Psychosocial Project Group to analyse the unmet need for psychosocial supports outside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The analysis will inform future:

  • arrangements for providing psychosocial support outside the NDIS
  • roles and responsibilities between the Australian Government and the states and territories, in relation to psychosocial supports outside the NDIS.

The project group was set up in September 2022 under the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement.

The project group expects the analysis to be complete by March 2024.

More information about the project group’s role and work remit is outlined in its terms of reference.


The project group includes representatives from:

  • the Australian government
  • state and territory governments
  • people with mental health lived experience.




Sarah Hawke

Australian Government (Co-chair)

Assistant Secretary, Suicide Prevention and Priority Populations Branch – Department of Health and Aged Care

Sandra Eyre

Queensland  (Co-chair)

Senior Director, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch – Queensland Health

Amy Wyndham

New South Wales

Director, Community Partnerships – NSW Health

Phil Watson 


Principal Program Advisor – VIC Department of Health

Ruth Langmead

Western Australia

Assistant Director, Strategic Management – WA Mental Health Commission

Gise Paine 

South Australia

Principal Project Officer, Service Planning and Performance – SA Department for Health and Wellbeing

Jane Austin 


A/g General Manager, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate – TAS Department of Health

Wendy Kipling 

Australian Capital Territory

Senior Director, Mental Health Policy and Strategy – ACT Health Directorate

Deb Hamilton 

Lived experience representative

Systemic Mental Health Advocate, PhD Candidate – The University of Sydney

Northern Territory Health is kept informed of the Project Group’s work and provides input and feedback on an out of session basis.


The project group meets quarterly or as required.

Project Updates

The project group releases project updates to keep psychosocial sector stakeholders informed of how the analysis work is progressing.


Psychosocial support contact

Contact us if you have questions about our psychosocial support programs and initiatives.
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