Safety and Quality > Our Work > Mental Health > Mental Health Advisory Group

The Mental Health Advisory Group was established in 2015 to provide advice, expertise and support to the Commission’s Mental Health Program. Within the Commission’s remit, the focus of the program is on safety and quality in the delivery of health services to people with lived experience of mental health issues. This applies both to services delivered by specialist mental health teams, and to services provided to people across all health care settings.

Key roles

The key roles of Advisory Group members are to:

  • provide advice on the components of the Mental Health program, including the revision and implementation of the NSQHS Standards
  • review resources and tools
  • provide advice on the strategies to support the implementation of this work, including how to inform, educate and engage relevant stakeholders.

Membership is comprised of individuals with relevant expertise and current clinical experience on the diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition, and a thorough knowledge of, and experience in Australian health care systems as well as representatives of major consumer organisations. Members may be nominees of specific organisations, or may be appointed in an individual capacity.

For those representing an organisation, it is expected that representation at the Advisory Group will encompass both their individual expertise and the views of nominating organisations. It is expected that all members will consult broadly with colleagues to ensure the widest possible range of views are considered.

Each member is appointed on the basis of their nomination / individual skills, knowledge and expertise and holds their appointment at the discretion of the Commission.


  • Ms Christine Gee (Chair) – ACSQHC Board Member
  • Ms Anna Love – Chief Mental Health Nurse, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
  • Ms Anne Mortimer – CEO Northside Group, Ramsay Health. Australian Private Hospitals Association Psychiatric Committee representative
  • Ms Cecily Pollard – Safety and Quality Consultant, Tasmanian Health Service
  • Ms Clair Edwards, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director Mental Health, Sydney Local Health District
  • Ms Eileen McDonald – Carer representative, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
  • Ms Heather Nowak – Consumer representative, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
  • Ms Janne McMahon OAM – Independent Chair, Private Mental Health Consumer and Carer Network
  • Ms Judi Higgin – CEO, New Horizons, Mental Health Coordinating Council representative
  • Dr Marc Broadbent – Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Ms Maureen Lewis – Interim Chief Executive Officer, National Mental Health Commission
  • Associate Professor Morton Rawlin AM – General Practitioner and Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration Royal Australian College of General Practitioners representative
  • Dr Nathan Gibson – Chief Psychiatrist, WA. Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee representative
  • Dr Peter Jenkins – Director, Child and Youth Mental Health, Eastern Health. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists representative
  • Dr Suellen Allen – Director, Director, Clinical Communications, Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment, ACSQHC
  • Ms Tanja Hirvonen – Lecturer, Mental Health, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University
  • Mr Tom Brideson – State-wide Coordinator for NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health representative.

Contact Us

The Mental Health Advisory Group is coordinated by Dr Andrew Moors, Senior Project Officer, Mental Health at the Commission.

For further information, please contact Dr Moors on or 02 9126 3590.