SA Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Committee
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in February 2017 to assist the Commission as it works towards strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians and the co-production of the South Australian Mental Health Strategic Plan.
The Community Advisory Committee plays an important role in ensuring a broad range of representatives from the community who have a passion for mental health and wellbeing.
The SA Mental Health Strategic Plan involves a whole-of-life, whole-of-community and whole-of-government approach to building, sustaining and strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians.
The Commission ensures that, central to all its work, is the lived experience of people with mental illness, their families, carers and supporters.
Commissioner Chris Burns said the CAC membership represents an exciting array of people from the South Australian community.
“They bring their expertise, knowledge and passion for the mental health of the community with them every time they meet,” he said.
Who’s on the SAMHC Community Advisory Committee?
- Andris Banders, TAFE Lecturer; Former CEO of the SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS)
- Mark Reidy, Army veteran and Program Coordinator of RSL Active
- Sarah Reece, Peer worker, blogger, artist and presenter, facilitates several community groups focused on e.g. Dissociative Identity Disorder and Multiplicity.
- Wayne Bickley, Secondary school teacher; Coordinator, Children & Young People SAMHC
- Angela Cordon, Founding Member of Mentally Fit EP (Eyre Peninsula) & former carer consultant with Country Health SA Mental Health
- Trina Cummins, Director of Wellbeing at an independent school
- Azmiri Mian, Social Work educator, private practitioner and trainer; Committee Member for the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) – SA Branch; Board member of Advocacy for Disability Access and Inclusion
- Heather Nowak, Consumer representative at state and national levels
- Shane O’Neil, Former Mental Health nurse, former teacher, worked with perpetrators of domestic violence, former Lifeline listener at Yatala and Mt Gambier prisons.
- Enaam Oudih, Manager of PEACE Multicultural Services at Relationships Australia.
- Craig Rigney, CEO of an Aboriginal service working in the homelessness and Aboriginal family violence sector. Member of the Aboriginal Leadership Reference Group for the Nyland Royal Commission.
- Wendy Scott, Mental Health & General and mental health nurse, working clinically while researching in the area of therapies for people who hear voices; social enterprise developer in Australia & Nepal.
- Rebecca Wheatley, General Practitioner with experience working in the alcohol & other drugs sector, palliative care and currently working in Older Persons’ Mental Health.
- Bria Reece, Child and youth worker, former member of the Children’s Interest Bureau (child protection). Coordinator of the SAMHC’s Youth Community Advisory Committee.