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Australians can no longer afford to wait for quality mental health care. Australians for Mental Health exists to disrupt the current systems and to create change for the better. We have built a team well placed to deliver on that mission.

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Chris Gambian brings over 25 years experience as a community organiser and public interest advocate as well as a deep passion for fair government and social justice.

At one time a senior trade union leader, he has been a strategic consultant, campaign manager and political candidate.

From 2019-2022 he was Chief Executive of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW where he earned a reputation as an effective public communicator and skilled political lobbyist across all sides of NSW parliament.

Chris's belief in the power of collective action and a government focused on people has brought him to Australians for Mental Health, to build a community voice for change and help solve the crucial problem of system reform in mental health services.

He has been Executive Director of Australians for Mental Health since May 2023.

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Pat McGorry AO
Pat McGorry AO

Patrick McGorry is an Irish-born Australian psychiatrist who, as a medical student in the 1970s, became disturbed by the gross neglect of the human rights of the mentally ill, and the discrimination they and their families faced.

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Jon Myer (Chair)
Jon Myer (Chair)

Jon is an experienced director, leader and strategy consultant with a passion for social equity, sustainability, mental health and wellbeing. He is currently General Manager of the technology division of Orygen Youth Mental Health.

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Pat Dudgeon
Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon an Indigenous woman from the Bardi people in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and professor at the Poche Centre for Aboriginal Health and the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA.

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Mark Neeham
Mark Neeham

Mark has a background in political campaigning in Australia and the UK. He has extensive experience in executive leadership and communications, as well as healthcare management and government relations.

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Dee Madigan
Dee Madigan

Dee Madigan is an Executive Creative Director with over 25 years experience in the advertising industry, including campaigns for some of the largest brands around the world. Dee runs her own Advertising Agency, Campaign Edge. 

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Sam McLean
Sam McLean

Sam McLean manages Policy and Business Development for Tesla Motors, Australia. Prior to this he worked across a range of roles with GetUp including campaigning, fundraising and executive leadership experience.

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Lisa Sweeney
Lisa Sweeney

Lisa has experienced trauma, anxiety disorder, and disassociation and supports a sibling with lived experience of psychosis, and a parent with a lived experience of bipolar with comorbid disability and acquired brain injury.

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Greg Mason
Greg Mason

Greg is the Treasurer of Australians for Mental Health. He is a retired chartered accountant with lived experience of mental illness and a passion for raising the quality of care for those suffering its impacts.

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Stuart Baker
Stuart Baker

Stuart resides in Albury and has a background in business and local government, having served a lengthy term on Albury City Council including a stint as Mayor and has worked hard to end the silence around suicide.

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Stuart Lloyd-Hurwitz
Stuart Lloyd-Hurwitz

Stuart is an adviser, strategist and technologist focused on the social and sustainability sectors and has a unique ability to marry deep data analysis with strategic vision, and an aptitude for anticipating change.

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Shaun Reardon, Specialist Consultant
Shaun Reardon, Specialist Consultant

With over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at the CFMEU and as President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Shaun now runs his own consultancy business. 

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Dr Laura Vidal, Policy and Advocacy Lead
Dr Laura Vidal, Policy and Advocacy Lead

Dr Laura Vidal is a social worker with over a decade of experience in direct practice, research, and social policy. Laura has specific subject matter expertise in gendered violence, human trafficking, and modern slavery.

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Simon Black, Campaign Lead
Simon Black, Campaign Lead

Simon is a values-driven professional with experience leading people and projects in both a national and international context. 

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 Paul McMillan - Community Organiser
Paul McMillan
Community Organiser

Paul is a communications professional with over 15 years experience in campaigning, electoral politics, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations, with a focus on social and economic justice.

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Louise Keys, Stakeholder Relationships and Partnership Lead
Louise Keys, Stakeholder Relationships and Partnership Lead

Louise forged her non-profit career at JDRF Australia where for 15 years she was a team leader of fundraising, marketing and technology teams, driving campaigns and programs to raise over $30M for type 1 diabetes.

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