About TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

TheMHS Learning Network (pronounced “themes”, and an acronym for ‘The Mental Health Services Learning Network’) is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS Learning Network is a registered charity run by a volunteer Board.

TheMHS Learning Network events bring together people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems.

Our Vision is mental health and wellbeing for all

Our mission is to advance mental health services through learning, education and training by:
  • creating shared, multi-disciplinary learning opportunities,
  • actively engaging lived experience at all levels,
  • inspiring mental health service reforms that support full participation in society, and
  • recognising excellence and quality in research, practice and policy-making.
Our Strategic Priorities:
  1. Create the best learning experiences
    We will provide easy access both in person and online to the highest quality and most relevant engaging content.
  2. Champion mental health leadership
    We will continue to champion leadership and reform that is inclusive of lived experience.
  3. Activate new ideas and approaches
    We will continue to leverage and expand our products and services to meet the needs of our sector.
  4. Enrich meaningful connections
    We will continue to grow and sustain the diversity of engaged people across TheMHS network.
  5. Nourish the sector
    We will bring together our sector’s workforce to support positive change and professional growth and development.

You can download a copy of our Vision, Mission, Values and Priorities here.

Our People

TheMHS Board Members
  • Alan Rosen
  • Barbara Disley
  • Cath Chapman (Chair)
  • Fiona Orr
  • Kerry Hawkins
  • Kevin Kellehear
  • Maree Teesson
  • Megan Still
  • Rob Warriner
  • Sadie Robertson
  • Stephen Suttie (Deputy Chair)
  • Taimi Allan
  • Tully Rosen (Treasurer)
  • Vivienne Miller
TheMHS Association Members
  • Donna Stanley
  • Gen Whitlam
  • John Farhall
  • Kevin Kellehear
  • Liz Prowse
  • Louise Birrell
  • Lynne Dunbar
  • Maria Cassaniti
  • Marianne Wyder
  • Marilyn McMurchie
  • May Su
  • Melissa Petrakis
  • Michelle Everett
  • Paula Hanlon
  • Peter McGeorge
  • Priscilla Ennals
  • Roger Gurr
  • Tim Heffernan
  • Tom Brideson
  • Victoria Langan
TheMHS Learning Network Staff

Jane Austin
Executive Director

Alexis Linton
Events and Operations Manager

Merissa Lam
Events Coordinator

Our Indigenous Acknowledgement

TheMHS Learning Network acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our office is located.

We also acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands in the location that our annual conference takes place across Australia and New Zealand.

The Wharerātā Declaration 2010 and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration 2015 have also been adopted by TheMHS Learning Network and inform our deliberations.


Help close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health gap by pledging support for the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to make the pledge, which has been organised by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health group.

More information about the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration and Pledge can be located at http://natsilmh.org.au/

The Uluru Statement from the Heart

TheMHS accepted the Uluru Statement from the Heart in September 2022.

The Uluru Statement

The Voice

TheMHS Learning Network Incorporated wholeheartedly supports a First Nations Voice to Parliament.

The Voice Statement

The Voice Resources