Flourish Australia is one of Australia’s leading specialist mental health and psychosocial support service providers. Founded in Sydney in 1955, Flourish now delivers community based supports to close to 10,000 people in NSW, Queensland, ACT and Victoria through over 900 team members, 55% of whom have a lived experience of a mental health issue. In more recent years Flourish Australia has branched out into clinical services including as a Lead Agency in headspace Centres. We are a National leader in growing and developing the peer workforce, employing over 200 peer workers across our service footprint, promoting and demonstrating their integral role in the future of mental health services.
Mark has over 30 years’ experience working in the areas of disability, mental health and LGBTQ health services. He has a commitment to working in partnership with people with a lived experience of a mental health issue, and their families and carers, to develop accessible organisations and to co-design programs that deliver outcomes that
support mental health recovery. He is a registered psychologist and a qualified and experienced Board Director in human services and health organisations including Mental Health Australia and Mental Health Coordinating Council. He is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Public Health at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney focused on digital peer work. Mark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant services to community health through a range of initiatives.
BSc (Hons), M Hlth Serv Mgt, M e-Hlth (HI), Grad Dip Spec Ed, Grad Dip ACG, Grad Cert App Fin and Invest, GAICD, FGIA, FCG(CS), MAAPi, Registered Psychologist
Mind Australia supports people experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns to find help, hope and purpose in their lives.
We provide individualised, evidence-based and recovery focussed support to more than 11,000 people experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns in Australia every year.
We partner with health, community, and government organisations to provide holistic support and a safe environment for people experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns to live in the community.
We have been providing mental health and wellbeing support to people, and their families, friends and carers, for more than 40 years.
Gill has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery, particularly for vulnerable people in the community, and was recognised with a Public Service Medal in 2019.
Most recently an Associate Dean and Vice President at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) in 2019-20, prior to this Gill served as Secretary of two Victorian Government Departments over almost 10 years from 2009 to the end of 2018 – The Department of Human Services and The Department of Education and Training.
This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.
Gill was recently appointed as a Board Member of the new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Gill holds an adjunct professor role at Monash University and her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2014, Gill was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship, and in 2017 Gill was named as one of the top 50 women in the Victorian public service.
Neami is a values-based, not-for-profit organisation providing mental health, homelessness and suicide prevention services. We take a recovery-based and evidence-informed approach to providing inclusive and person-centred support. Neami was first formed in Melbourne in 1986 and launched at the Heidelberg Town Hall in 1987. Today, we have over 1000 staff supporting more than 27,000 people in local communities across Australia, with the way people engage with Neami ever-evolving. Across more than 70 services, we offer a range of programs from phone and telehealth support, clinical and emergency to residential and long-term psychosocial support.
Tom has been the CEO of Neami National since mid 2019. He has worked in the mental health sector for over 25 years in government, clinical services and the community sector. He has a strong personal commitment to social justice and ensuring the voices of consumers, carers and service providers are reflected in policy development and service delivery. He also sits on the Boards of Mental Health Victoria and the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness. Tom’s leadership is informed by the experience of being a carer for family members with mental health issues.
BA, LlB, EMPA.
One Door Mental Health is a leading NSW mental health and NDIS service provider, specialising in supporting people living with complex and enduring mental illness and their families and carers. The organisation has been operating since 1985 when it was established as a partnership between consumers, carers, and mental health professionals under the name 'The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW'. This partnership remains at the heart of everything we do, as does our focus on supporting people living with severe and enduring mental health concerns.
The future we seek is a world in which people living with mental illness are valued and treated as equals. One Door delivers psychosocial and clinical supports through our purpose-driven approach, ‘Recovery 2gether’.
Together with our extensive history of delivering high quality in-person community supports, Recovery 2gether generates connection and positive outcomes, using recovery-principles and trauma-informed practices to build on the strengths of the people we support.
Kathi has been the Chief Executive Officer of One Door Mental Health since February 2019 and has extensive experience in developing innovative services and enabling transformational change for organisations. She has been working and leading in the mental health sector for over 29 years in both government and community-managed settings. Kathi is also a board member of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA).
Kathi has an extensive understanding of the need for integrated, person-centred, and recovery-oriented mental health services to all ages. She is passionate about ensuring organisations are centred on improving the lives of those with a lived experience and working collaboratively with all involved. Kathi is a leader seeking to make a difference by creating purpose-driven and people centred workplaces. She believes that people should be trusted, respected and be given the ways to live their passion at work.
Open Minds supports people living with mental illness, disability or acquired brain injury. With 110 years of experience, Open Minds works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options and core supports focused on the individual needs of each person. We believe that every individual deserves personalised support in the areas of mental health and disability.
Kate is an experienced senior leader of multidisciplinary teams across private and not for profit sectors. Kate has a passion for enhancing the lives of people with disability and mental health. Kate has been a senior executive of the Multicap Group since 2018.
MOrg Psyc, BPsych (Hons), BBus HRM, GAICD
Stride provides services to support people at all stages of their mental health journey, from early intervention services, designed to support children, young people and adults at-risk of developing mental health conditions, to services for people with ongoing and complex needs. Wherever people are in their journey, we work with them to create the life they want.
Last year Stride helped over 17,000 people access the support they needed for their mental wellbeing. It’s not always easy, but with our dedicated and determined people on your side, we hope to be the best companion someone could have during their mental health journey and recovery.
With a passion for bettering people’s lives, Drikus brings 23 years of project, financial and general management experience across five countries to Stride to continue this passion.
Focussing on human centric design to ultimately improve the efficiency of businesses, he has worked in the finance, IT and education sectors helping companies change and grow to achieve their goals.
B.Comm, Grad Dip ACG
Wellways is one of Australia’s largest and most respected mental health, wellbeing and carer service providers.
We have more than 40 years’ experience working with individuals, families, carers and the community to identify their needs and goals and attain a great life in their community.
We were founded by families advocating to improve the services, information and support available to people with mental health issues and their carers. Making sure lived experience is at the heart of all we do remains key.
All Wellways services focus on community inclusion. By community inclusion, we mean a commitment to ensuring all the people we serve have opportunities to fully participate in the community, without stigma and discrimination.
Laura began her career as an occupational therapist in large psychiatric hospitals in Victoria. She saw fist hand the disabling effects of institutional care. This drives her passion for supporting people to achieve a good, connected life in the community. Laura is a recognised expert and sits in multiple committees advising on the Victorian Department of Health reform agenda.
BappSc(OT); MAppSc (La Trobe university)