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’.
Up until May 2016, Bernadette was, over 19 years, the the 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 and is also an Associate Consultant of CrossCultural Intellect. 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
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).
Allison is a long-term member and Board Member of HelpingMinds. She brings to the organisation a wealth of knowledge based upon her aboriginality and life experiences, particularly as a carer. Allison qualified as a Youth Forensic Mental Health Practitioner at the Charles Sturt University, the first Australian to receive that qualification, and has been an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker with the Aboriginal Mental Health Service. Allison continues to be active in the mental health sector both nationally and internationally and has participated in conferences, committees and workshops to raise the views and needs of Aboriginal people and carers.
Ann has been a part of HelpingMinds for nearly 20 years, firstly as a client receiving help with her caring role to assist her husband who was experiencing mental health issues. Ann then began working with HelpingMinds (then Arafmi) for nearly nine years in various roles in Administration and Management. With the experience gained, Ann moved to a position at the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) for a period of 8 years, gaining the knowledge and experience of a peak body for the mental health sector. In 2010, Ann joined the HelpingMinds Board of Governance, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge gained working in the mental health sector and her passion as a carer, to be a part of an organisation that is helping to improve the lives of carers, people experiencing mental health issues, and their families and friends.
Mani has been fortunate to have lived and worked in both the Public and Private sectors in three continents, Europe (London), Africa (Nairobi), and now Australia (Perth). She maintains a close relationship with her community, which originates from Kutch, Gujarat, India. She volunteers at various events throughout the year and has previously served on her community committee as Vice President for three years. Mani has an insight on how communities work when living in different countries and the challenges this brings for families. Mental Health is not talked about openly in many minority communities due to stigma. Families try to manage the mental illness internally rather than reach out for assistance. Having witnessed first-hand the trauma and difficulty that the person affected and the carer is faced with Mani wishes to bring awareness of the assistance and support that HelpingMinds can provide to assist the person, families and carers on their difficult journeys.
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.
Elisabeth has been exposed to the impact of mental illness on family life from early childhood, having had an aunt with a chronic mental illness and a sister who has lived with the same illness for the past 40 years. Having studied law as a mature aged student, Elisabeth has an LLB (Hons) and has been practicing primarily in administrative law, for the past 15 years. Prior to studying law Elisabeth worked as a Senior Investigator for the State Ombudsman and in a variety of management roles in local government. She is married with a ‘blended’ family of 4 children. Elisabeth is keen to use the skills she has acquired in various different capacities to support the provision of services for carers of the mentally ill.
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