Catherine Lourey (above) became New South Wales’ newest Mental Health Commissioner on August 18, 2017. She has replaced inaugural Commissioner John Feneley, whose five year term had ended.
Ms Lourey has 30 years of experience in the health sector at local, state and national levels. One of her many contributions to Australia’s mental health system was directing the development of the national review of mental health services and programmes back in 2014.
Asked about her motivation, Ms Lourey said: “The lived experience of mental health consumers, and their families and carers, will remain at the heart of all the Commission’s work.” She also thanked outgoing Commissioner John Feneley for his “path-finding stewardship” as well as giving the “excellent Deputy Commissioners” a nod.
The Mental Health Commission of NSW is an independent statutory agency responsible for monitoring, reviewing and improving mental health and wellbeing for people in NSW.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF NSW
Ms Karen Burns, nurse, psychologist
Dr Martin Cohen, psychiatrist
Ms Fay Jackson, advocate and activist
Mr Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA, police officer, and also has lived experience
Dr Robyn Shields, psychiatrist, indigenous person