National mental health group beyondblue has appointed a new chief execute officer – former ACT chief minister Kate Carnell.
Director of beyondblue since 2008 and Deputy Chair since 2010, Ms Carnell replaces Dawn O'Neil – who left her post last September.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to lead beyondblue during its next phase of growth," she said (January 23).
"Depression and anxiety affect the lives of more than one in five Australians, so the role of beyondblue in increasing the understanding and decreasing the stigma sometimes associated with these conditions continues to be very important."
The news of the appointment comes as Australia's first national mental health commission was launched.
According to minister for mental health Mark Butler, the new initiative – chaired by former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) head Professor Allan Fels – will begin work immediately.
"One of the Commission's first priorities will be to deliver the first annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention," he said (January 23).
"This is important data that will allow us to monitor whether services are working effectively to deliver lasting outcomes for people with mental illness."