Amelia is an occupational therapist with post graduate qualifications in adult mental health care and public sector management. She has worked in mental health for 20 years in senior clinical, management and state-wide service development and implementation positions in NSW and SA.
Amelia has been instrumental in developing the governance of South Australia’s new Mental Health Commission, where she directs her passion for equity for people with lived experience of mental illness, their families, loved ones and carers. She leads the Commission in its work of strengthening the mental wellbeing of South Australians.
“I think about what services I would want for my kids, my siblings, my friends or for myself and this drives me to ensure that mental health services in SA are equitable, accessible and provide the right service at the right time.”
Peta has been an Executive Assistant for over four years with SA Health, most recently in Procurement. She joined the Commission in January this year.
Peta enjoys working with the team as it reaches out to people with lived experience, the government, non-government and private sectors. “No two days are the same in my job so it’s always interesting and challenging.”
Associate Director, Community Engagement
Julia has a degree in Psychology and worked in the non-government mental health sector for 14 years before moving to the government sector in 2010 as a Carer Consultant – a lived experience position in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.
Julia is looking forward to having conversations with as many South Australians as possible to gather their thoughts, ideas and opinions which will shape South Australia’s next Mental Health Plan.
Associate Director, Strategy and Planning
Ruth brings extensive experience in complex project management, policy and planning across various health sectors, including mental health, to the Commission.
Most recently, Ruth has undertaken project management work within Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Mental Health Services. She worked as a Senior Management Consultant in the private sector for eight years. She also has a background in health economics and organisational design.
Ruth ensures the Commission brings together all relevant quantitative, qualitative and other information from a wide range of stakeholders and sources to inform a clear but comprehensive Mental Health Plan for South Australia.
Principal Mental Health Data, Information and Outcomes Analyst
With a mathematics and legal background, Andrew brings his wide-ranging analytical skills to the Commission to make sure that our work and recommendations are based on sound and reliable evidence.
Andrew gained broad experience across health information analysis, reporting, governance and data systems in the UK, being nominated for an official statistics award for his work on developing and deploying a novel interactive data visualisation tool. He also has experience in the digital analytics sector and data systems development.
Principal Project Officer – Stakeholder Engagement
Emma has a wide range of experience and skills including 12 years working in mental health in both the government and non-government sectors. Her formal qualifications include social work and health promotion and training in Positive Psychology and Mindful Self-Compassion.
In her stakeholder engagement role at the Commission, Emma is enjoying listening to South Australians share their views and experiences on wellbeing as part of the development of our State’s new Mental Health Strategic Plan.
Principal Project Officer, Special Projects
Dy Smith-McCue is a speech pathologist with 19 years’ experience in the mental health, disability and education sectors.
Dy’s leadership roles include Manager of Enfield Child Adolescent and Mental Health Service (CAMHS); Team Manager of Support Services in the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) and Project Officer for the National Youth Participation Strategy (NYPS).
She has an excellent understanding of specific issues impacting children and young people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas and has a deep appreciation of the role and contribution of family members and carers in supporting children and young people with mental health problems and the need for services to address their needs.
Principal Advisor, Communications
Joan has a background as a journalist, editor, communications officer and speech writer in the private and government sectors.
She is passionate about great content, story-telling, sharing evidence-based information and ensuring messages connect with the community. She appreciates the creativity of social media and websites as well the importance of building relationships with traditional media.
Joan is enthusiastic about the Commission’s ability to make a difference to people with a lived experience of mental illness, their families, loved ones and supporters.
Project Support Officer
Joanna has extensive business administration experience and has worked in public and corporate organisations in Australia and overseas. Joanna enjoys engaging with others and managing projects and events.
Joanna undertakes research and provides project management support for our team and is thrilled to be playing a part in the important work of the SA Mental Health Commission.
SA Mental Health Commission Co-Chair Community Advisory Committee
Judy has over 50 years’ experience in mental health, as a senior bureaucrat and national consultant across the public, private and NGO sectors.
A trained nurse and former Executive Director of mental health for South Australia, Judy began a national consultancy business which focused on policy, planning and evaluation of projects for the Federal Government on mental health, substance abuse and homelessness incorporating a lived experience perspective.
As a result of her personal and family experiences, Judy passionately advocates for equal treatment and respect for people with lived experience of mental illness when it comes to clinical and support services.
SA Mental Health Commission Co-Chair Community Advisory Committee
Ellie has more than 17 years’ experience working in the non-government sector as a counsellor, lived experience practitioner, manager, educator, consultant and trainer.
A passionate advocate and activist, Ellie shares her experiences with anorexia, childhood sexual abuse and other struggles and works to change the conversation about mental health issues and highlight the need for change in South Australia and worldwide.
She is currently co-chair of the Office of Chief Psychiatrist’s Lived Experience Reference Group and was recently awarded a scholarship and sponsored place on the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program.