New ACMHN CEO appointed

Friday 18 November 2022

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Armitage as Chief Executive Officer. A highly skilled leader and CEO, Mr Armitage will assume his new responsibilities with ACMHN from the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), from early January 2023.

ACMHN President Professor Michael Hazelton said “after consultation with the membership, a sub-committee of the Board was formed to drive the selection process through an executive recruiting agency to assist in the management of this process. This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for the ACMHN and the Board is looking forward to working with Adrian to focus on a long-term strategic plan for the College.”

“Adrian brings a unique set of skills and relationships to lead ACMHN into the future. Under Adrian’s leadership he will hone our strategic direction and grow our organisation” Professor Hazelton added.

Prior to leading AMSA, Mr Armitage was ACT Federal Government and Regional Manager for Australian Computer Society (ACS) for over seven years. With experience as key liaison with Federal Ministers and Department Heads, and experience in a range of organisational building roles, Mr Armitage brings a wealth of knowledge from his business background. His family also surrounds him with nursing and mental health experience and expertise.

Mr Armitage will liaise with the current CEO Stephen Jackson, who is retiring, for the remainder of the year to have a smooth transition to take over the position in the new year.

Mr Jackson has led the ACMHN since 2019 and enhanced the visibility of the College as a professional entity with government and stakeholders. The delivery of services and advocacy will continue with Mr Armitage.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Armitage said he is honoured to be taking on the role.

“I look forward to working with the excellent Canberra headquarters staff, State and Territory representatives, as well as partner organisations, Federal and State Departments and key politicians with an interest in supporting our valuable medical teams in the mental health sector,” said Mr Armitage. 


Australian College of Mental Health Nurses press release, mental health nursing

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