Minister Wade today appointed Mr John Mannion as one of the Mental Health Commissioners for South Australia. Mr John Mannion replaces Professor Sharon Lawn who resigned in April 2021 due to personal commitments.
Minister Wade said that in seeking a replacement Mental Health Commissioner a leader with a sound knowledge of South Australia’s mental health system, expertise in community mental health services and proven experience in community resilience strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing was sought. Mr Mannion is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in acute and community mental health services in the United Kingdom and Australia and led the establishment of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation in 2018.
Mr Mannion joins current Commissioners Heather Nowak and David Kelly to continue to lead the implementation of the state’s Mental Health Strategic Plan and contribute to the Mental Health Services Plan.
Commencing as part-time Mental Health Commissioner on 1 July 2021 Mr Mannion will continue in his leadership role as the Executive Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Foundation.
South Australia’s new Mental Health Commissioner, John Mannion.