Service Awards Judges

Jenny Cardno

I am a professional person who has dedicated 40 years to my career as both a registered nurse and educator. I am a person with high ethical beliefs, who is known to always give more than asked and takes a pride in knowing that I have done my job to the highest possible standard for all concerned. Although I work conscientiously in a self managed role, I am also a Team Player who develops good relationships with people.

I found my niche many years ago when I was able to find employment that combined both my formal training and the enjoyment I find working in the training and education sector. I am a loyal, energetic and giving person who will intend to add value to any organisation be it in my professional role or community work. I have been involved over the past 11 years in the TheMHs organisation as an achievement award assessor and as an active member on the conference organisation committee.

Current Position
Mental Health Intellectual Disability Services, Capital & Coast DHB, New Zealand.

Judi Clements

Judi is an experienced chief executive in the NGO sector with a background in law, social policy, housing, local government and management practice. After a successful career in local government service management, policy and practice development Judi moved into the NGO sector. From 1991-2001, Judi was Chief Executive of Mind, the National Association for Mental Health, the UK’s leading mental health charity.

Judi led Mind through key developments, including promoting social inclusion through the multifaceted campaign, ‘Respect’. She led the approach to quality and monitoring capacity building for 212 local Mind providers in 2 countries and increased generated income through fundraising and strengthening the retail chain “Mindsmatter”.

Judi sat on several government advisory groups covering mental health, social policy and NGO development and, in 1999, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to mental health and local government. After working independently in the public and not for profit sector and as a Board member for a range of tertiary institutions and national agencies including NGOs, Judi relocated to New Zealand in 2005, to be Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation.
From 2005 to 2010 Judi chaired the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition on a multidisciplinary policy and advocacy group. Judi has a passion for the development of organisations to strengthen purpose, improve service delivery, and promote social justice and the elimination of all forms of unfair discrimination.

Current Position
Chief Executive,  Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Ann Dadich

Ann is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Business at the University of Western Sydney; she is also a registered psychologist, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a NSW Justice of the Peace. Her scholarly passion lies in the management of organisations that contribute community wellbeing – these include health services, mental health services, youth services, and non-government organisations, among others. A particular focus of her research is knowledge translation – that is, the translation of evidence-based practices into quality consumer care.

Following her undergraduate training, Ann entered the government and third sectors to work with different populations within the community. These include children and young people, people with mental health and/or substance use issues, family members and carers, as well as prisoners. These experiences continue to inform her approach to conducting research that is both empirical and respectful.

Since entering academe, Ann has accumulated considerable research experience in the discipline of management. This is demonstrated by her publishing record, which includes over 100 refereed publications; the research grants she has received to date; and the awards she has been presented with, in recognition of research quality. In addition to her research, Ann supervises doctoral candidates and teaches undergraduate units.

Current Position
Senior Lecturer, School of Business, University of Western Sydney

Barbara Disley

Barbara Disley, Group Chief Executive.  Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors. She has held a number of senior public positions including Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. From 1996-2002, she was the inaugural chair of the Mental Health Commission and from 2002 to 2007 Barbara was Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for the integration of the special education service into the Ministry and for the overall leadership, funding and provision of special education services for children and young people. Prior to joining Richmond, she worked as a Principal Consultant for Cognition Education Ltd leading their research and evaluation team. Barbara has a doctorate in education and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  She was appointed Group CE of Emerge Aotearoa in December 2014, following the merger of Richmond Services Ltd and Recovery Solutions.

Lynne Dunbar

Lynne has a love of working with people and has a strong belief in partnership and consumer-centred ways of working. She is a registered Psychologist and Occupational Therapist, currently working with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW as a counsellor and group worker.

Lynne worked in Mental Health services from 1979 to 1995 gaining diverse experience in various roles in a range of mental health settings in Sydney, namely, the admission wards of a large psychiatric institution, a psychiatry ward attached to a general hospital and an innovative community based comprehensive mental health service.
In this last position she was inspired by and fortunate to have several creative leadership roles including to establish and manage an assertive followup team and a foundling adloescent team, team leader of accommodation team including establishing and running 5 group homes and an Adult Foster Scheme.

Exciting additional projects during this time included:
• Coordination of a Strategic Planning Project for Blacktown Mental Health Services which had many features in common with Clinical Redesign methodology
• Multiple Family Education Programs
• Family Therapy Team
• Brief Psychoeducational Family Intervention Research Project
• Board member Embark Enterprise Inc. (work projects)
• Board of Alice’s Cottages Inc. (community residential program for women who had suffered a mental illness and their children)
• Charmain Clift Cottages -establishment committee.

Going back even before this Lynne worked for 5 years in physical rehabilitation and then teaching within Occupational Therapy (Sydney University) and Mental Health (Institute of Psychiatry casual). She was also a volunteer Lifeline counsellor and trainer for several years.

Ellie Fossey

Professor and Head of Occupational Therapy Department at Monash University.
Professor Ellie Fossey is a registered Occupational Therapist whose academic and professional career spans undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, curriculum development and research in occupational therapy and in mental health at universities in England and Australia, and professional practice principally in community mental health settings.

Other positions:
Adjunct Professor, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University
Honorary Research Fellow, Psychosocial Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne

Research Interests:
Ellie’s previous research has predominantly focused on participation and disability, experiences of everyday living with mental health issues, and the ways in which people’s occupations may be impacted by ongoing health conditions. Recent projects focus on tertiary education experiences and support of students with disabilities, employment barriers and workplace supports for employees experiencing mental health issues, and recovery-oriented practice in mental health services; and involve interdisciplinary and interagency research collaborations. Her research interests include:
• Qualitative, collaborative and participatory approaches to research
• Improving vocational options of people experiencing mental health issues
• Participation of students with disabilities and ongoing health conditions in postsecondary education
• Consumer involvement in mental health services and research
• Person-centred and occupation-focused approaches in mental health care

Roger Gurr

Trained in Psychiatry in Sydney, London and Oxford Universities. Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Appointed in 2008 as Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney. In 1980 commenced building Australia’s first community based integrated mental health service in the Blacktown area, receiving recognition as one of the benchmark services in the National Mental Health Strategy process. In 2000 became Medical Director for mental health services at Liverpool Hospital and Community Services.
In 2005 he was appointed Area Director of Mental Health for Sydney West Area Health Service (covering 1.15 million population, budget $158 million). In 2012 he returned to clinical work in the City of Blacktown with interests in youth mental health, a short stay unit and teaching. Academic interests include health system design and economics, models of care and their delivery, and the funding methodologies required to achieve best practice, team work and equity of access. Previously President and National Secretary of Amnesty International Australia and currently Chair, the NSW Service for the Treatment And Rehabilitation for Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

Julia Hennessy

Executive Dean for Wellington Institute of Technology, based in Wellington. I have now been with this organisation for the past six years. In this role I provide academic leadership for a diverse range of educational programmes. Previous to this I was the manager for mental health and addictions services for Hutt Valley DHB, having come from the position of Senior Advisor (nursing) with the Ministry Of Health. I was employed for three years with the Central Regional Health Authority where I had the responsibility of developing and contracting for new mental health and addictions services.

I have also worked in community and inpatient mental health services. I was one of the people instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Branch of the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses. I was a Ministerial appointment on the New Zealand Nursing Council.

Current Position
Executive Dean, Wellington Institute of Technology

Douglas Holmes

Douglas is a full time resource with St Vincent’s Hospital, Inner City Health Program as the Consumer Participation Officer.

Douglas is also a member of TAMHSS Secretariat, Honorary Secretary of The ARC Group NSW and a member of the NSW Clinical Advisory Council for NSW Health and TheMHS Emeritus Standing and TheMHS Consumer Forum Advisor.

Robyn Humphries

Robyn Humphries holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Business Leadership and has worked in public mental health services for over 30 years, initially as a social worker and for 15 years as Manager of the Northern Area Mental Health Service in Melbourne. Robyn’s current position is Manager System Transformation, Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services Victoria. She has responsibility for strategic planning, policy development and service system innovation and quality.

Current Position
Manager System Transformation, Mental Health, Department of Health & Human Services Victoria.  

Peter McGeorge

Dr Peter McGeorge took on the role of Chair Commissioner in January 2008. He is a child, adolescent and general psychiatrist who has extensive experience in the development and delivery of mental health services in New Zealand and Australia. During the past 20 years he has been involved in national policy development, reviews of mental health services, and the establishment of systems of integrated community and hospital-based mental health care. He has previously held positions as Director of Mental Health Services in Auckland and Wellington, and has worked extensively as a consultant to various health boards, government departments and non-government organisations. He currently combines his work at the Mental Health Commission with his role as the Director of Mental Health Services at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.

Dr McGeorge is a co-patron of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, and he has been a board member and advisor to a number of other organisations, including the Youth Horizons Trust (NZ) for young people with Severe Conduct Disorders. He is a Life Member of the World Federation for Mental Health, and in 2004 he was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order for contributions to public service in New Zealand.

Current Position
Director Inner City Health Program “Faces in the Street” Urban Mental Health & Well-being Research Institute O’Brien Centre for Urban Health St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, NSW

Julie Millard

Julie Millard works as a consultant in mental health providing capacity building, policy development, strategic planning and supports the development and implementation of community projects. Julie is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, an Official Visitor for the Ministry of Health, a Director of Sydney Health Community Network, sitting on a number of community advisory panels. Julie is also an educator who creates and delivers workshops for people with lived experience, carers and families, community groups, and community managed organisations, and government departments.

Project work as a Consultant has included the PRA Back On Track Health (BOTH) Project looking at the physical health needs of people living with a mental illness. This project was a winner of the NSW Mental Health Matters Award in 2010. Other project work has included, for example: ACON Peace of Mind Project; Mental Health Education Project for Carers NSW; the ROSSAT Consultancy and Data Management Strategy Phase 1 Project for Mental Health Coordinating Council; and the Mental Health NGO National Minimum Data Set with the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare for Community Mental Health Australia.

Current Position
Consultant, Community Development & Education in Mental Health, Erskineville NSW

Noel Muller

Noel Muller is the President of Queensland Voice for Mental Health – the Statewide, body for consumers and carers that provides the both the Queensland government and the mental health Sector with policy advice regarding health and the social impacts of initiatives from a consumer and carer perspective.

Noel has been an active executive member of a large number of consumer groups and the NGO, health and community sector for over fourteen years, and has represented consumer rights/issues in numerous areas including housing, disability, respite, older person, suicide prevention, and forensic mental health. Noel is a community member of a number of Health Professional bodies both in Queensland and nationally. He is the Queensland consumer representatives on the National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum and is a member of their Executive.

Noel’s underlying ‘ethos’ is driven by citizen rights and social justice, especially where the ‘state’ see fit to limit access for some in our community. Noel is also the loving father of two beautiful adult daughters.

Liz Newton

Qualifications : PhD University of Sydney [Medicine], BA Hons, Macquarie University [Anthropology and Sociology], Registered Nurse.

Dr Liz Newton has worked primarily in health, and more specifically mental health and drug and alcohol services including youth and rehabilitation settings, clinical, teaching, research and management roles for over 30 years.

She has worked in a variety of settings, including in-patient and community health, in urban, rural and remote areas in the NSW and the Northern Territory, in both the private and public arena, as well as teaching at Universities.

Research has included investigation into indigenous suicide inside and outside of custodial settings, vocational training opportunities for people with disabilities, and a doctoral thesis on the ethnography of deinstitutionalisation for people with a mental illness.

She recently retired from her role as Manager Quality, Training and Research for Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, Mental Health D&A, a role which required assisting researchers in a variety of methodologies. She was been Chairperson for NSCCH Human Research Ethics Committee for the past eight years, and remains a member for ethical reviews.

As well, Liz has published in peer reviewed journals and acts as a reviewer for journals and grant applications.

Fiona Orr

Fiona is a Registered Nurse nurse with clinical experience in hospital-based and community mental health services. She is currently a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing and Director of International Activities in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She has a Bachelor Health Science (Nursing), a Master of Letters, and her PhD study is examining a voice-hearing simulation to increase nursing students’ empathy for and self-efficacy to communicate with people who hear voices.

In 2013 she was awarded a University of Technology teaching award for innovation in mental health nursing education, and in 2015 she was awarded an Australian Universities Teaching award for transforming mental health nursing education through innovative simulations and collaborations with mental health consumers.

Warwick Smith

Warwick is a mental health service worker.

Current Position
Operations Manager Peel and Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service, Rockingham Peel Group Rockingham WA

Mark Smith

Mark Smith has a clinical and academic background. He qualified as a psychiatric nurse in the UK and became NZ’s first mental health nurse practitioner in 2002. He has a longstanding interest in ethics and philosophy in which he holds a PhD. He currently leads out the national outcome measurement work in Te Pou (national centre for evidence based practice) which is committed to developing an outcomes culture in NZ’s mental health and addiction services.

Michael Smith

I have been a mental health nurse for over 20 years in Sydney, London and Perth. I currently work in a team that support people living with HIV and a mental illness in Sydney. The work specialises in supporting both physical and mental health and the complex and challenging issues that present secondary to both conditions.

I have experience working in Corrections, acute, community, homeless, emergency department, consultation, and GP liaison mental health.

I am currently a co-convener for the Mental health Special Interest Group for the Public Health Association of Australia that involve advocacy for mental health in Australia.

Andrea Taylor

Ms Taylor is currently the Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol for Northern Sydney Local Health District and was formerly the Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol for Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service prior to the implementation of the National Reform Agenda. Ms Taylor is concurrently a Surveyor for the Australian Council of Health Care Standards. Ms Taylor has an extensive history in the delivery of mental health and drug and alcohol services both clinically, operationally and strategically. Ms Taylor has taught at the University of Sydney in Social Work, worked in drug and alcohol services both harm prevention and abstinence, non-government organisations including a Kings Cross Women’s Refuge, a range of aged care facilities including hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and managed private sector non-health services. Ms Taylor has led health service teams in winning NSW Health Awards, NSW Premiers Awards [for Services Working in Partnership in 2010 and again in 2012] and the NSW SiCorp/SunCorp/Treasury Managed Fund Award in 2013 for Risk Management Framework. Ms Taylor is a parent to two children.

Barbara Tooth

Barbara has many years experience as a general & midwifery nurse. With a PhD Clinical Psychology (1993), she has worked in numerous roles in a variety of clinical mental health settings since 1985. As a Lecturer at Wollongong University and Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, she developed, taught and coordinated Post Graduate Mental Health programs. Her research includes the study “Recovery from Schizophrenia: A consumer perspective,” funded by National MH Strategy and money received from Schizophrenia Fellowship Brisbane. It remains one of the largest qualitative research studies of this type in Australia and overseas. Her research has also been replicated Boulder Colorado & Madison Wisconsin. A Past Honorary Senior Fellow, Health and Behavioural Sciences at Wollongong University, she has been an external consultant for numerous mental health projects.

Janet Watterson

Janet grew up in Melbourne, but always enjoyed country life. She trained at Monash University graduating Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1987 with honours. Janet did post graduate training at Monash Medical Centre (Clayton), Alice Springs Hospital (paediatrics and obstetrics) and Tamworth Hospital (anaesthetics).

Janet has a visiting medical officer appointment at Pambula Hospital, for general admissions and emergency care. She has an advanced rural practice diploma in anaesthetics. Her other qualifications include Masters of Family Medicine, Diploma Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice. For three years Janet served as chair of the local Division of General Practice – now called Southern NSW Medicare Local.

Ann White

Ann White began her career in the UK as a radiographer, and after doing voluntary work with a local Citizens Advice Bureau made a career move into advice and advocacy work with the Bureau.

Migrating to Western Australia arriving on New Year’s Eve 1988 her employment has been in executive positions in organisations in the health and / or ‘user rights’ fields. Working in advocacy for people in nursing homes, hostels or users of HACC services and then the Schizophrenia Fellowship of WA in 1996. In 2001 she became the Executive Officer for the WA Association for Mental Health, and ‘retired’ in early 2011. In 2010, Ann was the winner of the WA Good Outcomes Excellence Award.

However CHOGM caused a rethink on the ‘retirement’ idea and she coordinated the Commonwealth Peoples Forum held in Perth in October 2011. Another attempt at ‘retirement’ failed when she was lured back to assist with the co-ordination of the WA side of the TheMHS 2014 Conference.

She is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal, and a member of the AHPRA Professional Performance and Standards Panels.

In her spare time she is a Board member of a community mental health service, Patron of the Spirit of the Street (SOS) Choir, and was recently appointed to the WA Primary Health Alliance – Perth South PHN Community Engagement Committee.

Past Service Awards Judges

Kurt Andersson-Noorgard – 2014
William Boreham-Moon – 2014
Andy Campbell – 2016 
Tracey Cannon – 2014
John Farhall – 2015 
Lee Hopkins – 2014
Nick Kowalenko – 2014
Winston Lo – 2014
Cassy Nunan – 2014
Allan Pinches – 2014

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2017 Winners