Maureen has extensive experience in the mental health sector, both in front line service delivery and strategic policy development and planning. She holds a Masters of Nursing and has held a number of senior executive positions in the mental health system in Western Australia. Maureen was Director of Acute Services for the child and adolescent mental health service, and has worked across state-wide, metropolitan and rural and remote areas. Maureen also set up WA’s first purpose built mother and baby unit and is an Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Surveyor.
Prior to moving to Sydney in July 2016, Maureen recently finished a secondment to the Western Australia Mental Health Commission where her role was Assistant Commissioner Policy, Strategy and Planning. This included leading the final development and launch of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 Better Choices: Better Lives. This involved extensive consultation including Ministerial, Executive, Department of Health, Government and non-government, as well as multiple community groups and consumers and carers. Maureen also led the MH Act team into the final stages to implementation of the Western Australia Mental Health Act 2014 in November 2015. While at the Commission Maureen also led the pilot for collaboration with WA Police for Western Australia’s first Police Co Response team.
Maureen is passionate about mental health her career has been dedicated to making a difference for those who need it the most.
"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