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FOI 12/1

5 September 2012

Declarations of conflicts of interest by National Mental Health Commission Commissioners. Specifically:

  •  The declarations of conflicts of interest forms/dualities and conflicts of interest forms, that were signed by the members of the National Mental Health Commission prior to their appointment; and
  • Any other documents (including email, letters or phone notes resulting from conversations relating to the declaration of potential conflicts of interest with the members of the National Mental Health Commission) that were generated as a result of the members declaring any conflicts of interest they may have.

On 19 April 2012 the scope of request was refined to mean documents in existence after the Commission’s establishment on 1 January 2012.

Seventeen (17) documents:

  1. Email from the Chair of National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) to CEO and reply email CEO to Chair
  2. File note by the NMHC CEO
  3. Email from the NMHC CEO to Commissioners regarding the Register of Interests
  4. Email from Commissioner Webster to the NMHC CEO
  5. Email exchanges between NMHC staff following email from Commissioner Webster to the NMHC CEO
  6. File note by NMHC CEO
  7. Declaration of interests from Commissioner Bicknell
  8. Register of Interests from NMHC CEO
  9. Email from the office of Commissioner Hickie to NMHC CEO attaching declaration of private and business interests
  10. Email from Commissioner Webster in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  11. Email from the office of Commissioner Hickie in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  12. Email from Commissioner Bicknell in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  13. Email from Commissioner Mostyn in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  14. Email from Commissioner Knowles in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  15. Email from Commissioner Meagher in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  16. Email from NMHC Chair in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests
  17. Emails from Commissioners Crowe and Dudgeon in response to a staff member of the NMHC regarding declaration of interests

Published 10 September 2012 

Released with deletions on the basis of public interest conditional exemption - personal privacy; section 47F(1)of the FOI Act. 

For the latest version of these documents, see the consolidated 'Register of Interests' here (PDF, 5Mb).

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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