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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee

The College's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee is composed of psychiatrists who have direct experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who are involved in mental health service provision and policy development. 

„►Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee Regulations [PDF; 152 KB]

Through the Committee, the RANZCP is committed to: 

  • monitoring progress against our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • developing strategies for engaging more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and health organisations
  • contributing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health content for the College written examinations
  • determining principles and priorities in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health within College activities including training, research and professional development
  • advocating and acting with other College representatives to present the views and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the College Board, Committees and other non-College participants in mental health policy functions, service development and provisions
  • assisting with the development of policy and provide advice in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care
  • supporting psychiatric trainees who have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health. 

Members of the committee

Name Position From
Jason Lee Chair Queensland
Vernon Dann Community member Western Australia
Charlie Dhamarrandji Community member Elcho Island, Northern Territory
John Egan Community member Victoria
Diana Jans Community member Queensland
Elizabeth McEntyre Community member New South Wales
Kath Ryan Community member Western Australia
Deanne Hellsten Community member Queensland
Siva Bala  Fellow member Queensland
Lawrence Dadd Fellow member New South Wales
Alan Rosen Fellow member New South Wales
Kali Hayward Representative, AIDA South Australia
Daniela Sabbioni Representative, Trainee Western Australia
Lyndy Matthews  Deputy Chair, Partnerships and Community New South Wales