Thank you for your kind messages

Wednesday 27 July 2022

I would like to thank all those members who have commented on my forthcoming retirement and reiterate the lengths we are going to ensure a smooth handover to the next leader of the College. The Board is focussed on a long-term strategic way forward for the College.

In the meantime, after three years of not being able to hold the International Conference, preparations are well underway for what is turning out to be a very successful event. We are looking at record attendance numbers already. We have also had interest from a number of senior bureaucrats and politicians across a number of jurisdictions. Just last week I met with Christine Morgan from the National Mental Health Commission and workforce was a key topic. I have also been in touch with mental health leaders from state government departments in NSW, ACT, and Queensland on similar topics. Additionally, I have been in touch with the Hon Emma McBride, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, discussing the identification of mental health nurses and our upcoming Conference.

Our presence on the National Mental Health Workforce Taskforce, among other committees and task forces, has provided not only a pathway but opportunities for federal bureaucrats to ask about qualified mental health nurses in the workforce. Discussions with some Primary Health Networks and their commissioned services has also been positive.

Thank you to the office team who are doing everything possible to ensure continued services as the Conference nears. Special mention to the Scientific Conference Committee who are working hard behind the scenes in ensuring a smooth delivery of the raft of material across the Conference.

Take care

Stephen Jackson
Chief Executive Officer


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