- Smoothing the transition from primary to secondary to tertiary care
- Treating both psychosocial and physical aspects of mental health
- Achieving greater integration in rural and regional areas
- Using digital tools to better facilitate integration
- Directors / Managers
- Mental Health
- Mental Health
- Mental Health
- Commissioning / Service Design
- Mental Health
- Integrated Mental Health
Attend to learn:
- Achieve a smooth transfer of care
- Respond to the psychosocial & physical dimensions of mental health
- Use data to facilitate integration
- Increase integration in regional areas
Greg was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula where he currently resides with his wife Paula and two young children.
Greg graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law, and subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters of International Relations at Yale University.
Throughout university and his time on a kibbutz in Israel he worked in warehouses, as a metal worker and as a fruit picker.
After university Greg worked with Mallesons Stephen Jacques, before becoming Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court.
Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as senior adviser to the then opposition Leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. He subsequently headed Australia’s electoral mission to Cambodia in 1998.
Greg then worked with McKinsey and Co for almost three years during which time he became an Engagement Manager and specialised in telecommunications, start-ups, government reform and the banking sector.
Greg’s achievements include being named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, being a runner up in the World Debating Championships and being selected as Australia’s debating captain.
Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001, and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a young MP in the Howard Government.
Greg was Shadow Minister in the Environment portfolio between 2007 and 2013, and was Minister for the Environment between September 2013 and July 2016.
As Environment Minister, Greg counts his key achievements as establishing Australia’s successful Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and $1 billion Reef Fund.
In 2016 he was selected as the inaugural Best Minister in the World recipient at the World Government Summit.
Greg was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016.
In January 2017, Greg was appointed Minister for Health and Sport. Greg has always had a strong connection with the medical profession and both his mother and wife worked as nurses.
Greg will use his background in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio to build on Australia’s track record for medical breakthroughs, turning what is done in the laboratory into better healthcare for patients.
Mental health is an issue that is particularly important to Greg. He wants to be a strong advocate for greater understanding and community awareness, and to ensure we have the necessary resources to help deal with this very important issue.
Greg is a keen sportsman and has competed in seven marathons as well as numerous local events such as the Arthurs Seat Challenge fun run, the San Remo Channel Challenge and the Dromana Life Saving Club swim.
As a sports fan and sports Dad, Greg is thrilled to have the Sports portfolio where he will continue to work towards increasing participation in sport.
As the Member for Flinders, Greg has completed four 500km walks around his electorate – in 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2015 – to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
National Mental Health Commission
Professor Allan Fels is former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (1995-2003) and former Chair of the National Mental Health Commission (2012-2018).
He is currently a professorial fellow in the University of Melbourne, both in the Melbourne Law School and in the Faculty of Economics and Business, an adjunct professor at Monash University in the Faculty of Business and Economics, and visiting professor at the Division of Social Sciences in the University of Oxford.
Professor Fels is former Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) (2003-2012).
He is a member of the Global Public Advisory Board of Uber and Chair of the Migrant Workers Taskforce and Chair of the Haven Foundation.
Brain & Mind Centre University of Technology
Sebastian has both conducted research and informed policy around mental health reform. In 2011, Sebastian worked as expert facilitator to the NSW Taskforce to Establish a Mental Health Commission. He convened the first joint meetings of Australian Mental Health Commissions which included both Australian and international representatives. Sebastian is also currently engaged in a research project to evaluate the impact of Australia’s six mental health commissions. He is also engaged in ongoing research around mental health and accountability, including the potential for real time consumer/carer feedback to drive systemic quality improvement.
Sebastian conducted a series of community meetings in relation to the review of the NSW Mental Health Act, working with an expert panel which included then NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley. In 2013-14 Sebastian worked as a consultant to the NSW Mental Health Commission, developing a new Strategy to reform mental health in that state. He also provided consultancy assistance to the NZ Ministry of Health in relation to suicide prevention and to Lifeline in relation to telehealth.
Sebastian is currently working with several Primary Health Networks to assist in implementation of current mental health reforms. Sebastian provided consultancy services to the Commonwealth Government in relation to the application of Activity Based Funding to mental health. He is a member of the Mental Health Expert Group of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. Sebastian is a member of the Sydney Health Policy Network and the Sydney Health and Work Research Network. From 2009-12, he was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Prevention and Community Health Care Committee and a member of the Board of Social Firms Australia from 2011-14. Sebastian was a member of the Clinical Senate of the Australian Capital Territory and is currently a member of the editorial board developing the fourth edition of the textbook Mental Health in Australia, Collaborative Community Practice (Oxford University Press).
Suicide Prevention Australia
With a background in education and specialty in health promotion Sue has been a passionate advocate for improving the health and well being of the community throughout her career. She has worked extensively in the community sector and held positions with responsibility for education, media, communications, fundraising and organisational leadership.
After 10 years leading the National Breast Cancer Foundation where she positioned the organisation as one of the most highly recognised in the community sector and raised more than $100 million for breast cancer research, Sue moved to build on her experience to create the George Foundation for Global Health. Currently she is meeting the challenge of strengthening government, business and community sectors participation in suicide prevention as the CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia.
Sue is a director of Good2Give; a graduate of the AICD and a member of both the Advisory Council for the Centre for Social Impact and Chief Executive Women. Formerly she was the Chair of Macquarie Community College and a director of Research Australia.
What People Are Saying
“Looking ahead I see two giant challenges: the first is making mental illness a higher priority for the community and the second is greatly improving the way the present system operates.”Chair, National Mental Health Commission, 2017
Date: 5 Feb 2018 By: Lindsey Eifler
In 2015 the Government announced the biggest reforms to the mental health sector in decades. The aim? To create an integrated mental health system that would deliver better outcomes for people living with mental illness. Three years on, while reform set the wheels in motion, we’re yet to see significant change. So how do we …
Date: 20 Jun 2017 By: Sasha Eden
Research has clearly shown that happier staff are more productive. When we are interested and challenged by our work, believe in the vision of the organisation, and are empowered by our leaders, we put more energy into bringing that vision to life. We personally invest in the team’s collective success and own the challenges along …
Date: 8 Dec 2016 By: Katherine Kingsle
An intensive report released by Price Waterhouse Coopers has revealed that mental health is costing Australian businesses up to $10.9 billion a year. Compensation claims continue to be one the greatest costs to most businesses, costing up to $146 billion a year, but are you aware of the hidden costs? Price Waterhouse Coopers have identified …
Date: 6 Oct 2016 By: Jessica Farrelly
“If somebody collapses due to a physical illness such as a heart attack in the work environment, at school, at a stadium, a concert, on public transport, in the street or at home, that person is likely to get help from somebody who knows about physical health first aid. If somebody experiences a severe acute …
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