Date published: 
9 December 2018
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Morgan as Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission

Christine is a highly experienced leader with a deep exposure to the mental health sector. She has demonstrated experiences as a highly credible chief executive in the sector as CEO of the Butterfly Foundation since 2009.

Christine has grown Butterfly into a widely respected and highly effective national organisation for people with eating disorders and their carers in Australia.

As the new head of the nation’s pre-eminent body on mental health issues, Christine will bring an expert mind and articulate voice to advocating better understanding of mental health

Christine takes up her new role at a critical time for mental health care in this country.

The Liberal National Government is providing unprecedented funding to strengthen mental health care. We are committed to improving mental health outcomes for all Australians – from childhood, through the teenage years and adulthood and for senior Australians.

Her appointment to the Commission further underlines the importance the our Government places on mental health and wellbeing – and I look forward to working closely with her in her new role.

Maureen Lewis will continue to act as CEO until Christine starts in March. I thank Maureen for her ongoing service.

Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, Lucy Brogden welcomed Christine Morgan’s appointment.

“Christine is experienced in working effectively with a wide range of key stakeholders across community and government,” Ms Brogden said.

“She has worked with all levels of government, clinicians, researchers and people with lived experience in the sector and has been a member of a number of boards and committees including with Mental Health Australia.”