Andrew has been on the HelpingMinds board since 2012, through most of that time as Treasurer having been inspired to join as the result of experience in caring for a relative with mental health care needs. He has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years. His day job is as the Director of Finance for the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Prior to joining the Diocese, he was a consultant to organisations transitioning to the NDIS, a lecturer in Accounting at Curtin University, and before that with accounting firms and banks in Perth and the UK. He started his career investigating fraud for the Director of Public Prosecutions in WA.
He is married with two children.
A graduate of Boston University’s Global Leadership Institute’s Recovery Class of 2013, Kerry is able to draw on both her lived experience as a family member of someone experiencing extreme and enduring distress, together with a professional career working as a project management consultant, strategic advisor for a federal government agency, and as a Director within the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). She was the carer representative on the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) board for four years and is currently President of WAAMH. She is also the WA director for Emerging Minds, a national mental health organisation focusing on improving mental health outcomes for children, parents and families and a Board Member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).
For 19 years, Bernadette was the Senior Clinical Psychologist with WA’s Transcultural Mental Health Service where she developed an understanding of the inter-relationship of mental health and cultural issues for migrants and refugees. She is now in private practice, specialising in transcultural mental health. Bernadette’s work encompassed direct clinical service delivery, advice to government and community groups, and undertaking collaborative research and publications with various universities where she holds adjunct academic positions. Bernadette has developed and delivered numerous training seminars and workshops on various aspects of culture and mental health. Her comprehensive range of resource development initiatives are aimed at improving mental health literacy among ethnoculturally diverse groups and facilitating the transcultural process between the practitioner and consumer, their carer(s) and family.
I have been fortunate to have lived and worked in three continents, Africa (Nairobi), Europe (London) and now Australia (Perth). I maintain a close relationship with my community, which originates from Kutch, Gujarat, India. I volunteer at various events throughout the year and have previously served on the committee as Vice President for three years. I have an insight on how communities work when living in different countries and the challenges this brings for families. I wish to bring awareness of the assistance and support that HelpingMinds can provide to assist families on their difficult journeys.
He is passionate about enhancing services available for carers and families and advocating their rights and needs. He wants to see a cultural change where Mental Health Services and other providers take a more family centred approach to treatment, discharge and support.
Patrick is Deputy Chair of the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia). He is a Director of Mental Health Australia, President of Mental Health Carers Australia and President of HelpingMinds. He is also a member of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.
Patrick was chair of the Guide Development Committee for the ‘Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness’.
Having grown up with a sibling suffering from mental illness, Kristy has personal experience of the significant impact that mental illness can have on both the individual and their wider support network.
Kristy’s goal is to draw on her family’s experience to contribute to making a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Kristy holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. She has also recently been awarded a Diploma of Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Management.
Joel joined the HelpingMinds Board of Governance in November 2015. Joel is a CPA Australia qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Corporate Finance, Investment Finance and Financial Accounting majors) from the University of Western Australia. Joel has previously held commercial analyst roles with Rio Tinto and News Corp Australia and is currently a Senior Analyst in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice. Joel is passionate about utilising his practical financial skills and his lived experiences as a COPMI to help and improve the lives of all mental illness carers.
The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia
Debbie Childs CEO of HelpingMinds, explains who informal mental health carers are and highlights the key findings from the recent report 'The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia'. Read more at helpingminds.org.au/the-real-value-of-informal-mental-health-carers/ ... See MoreSee Less
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