RANZCP welcomes appointment of Australia’s first chief mental health officer

13 May 2020

The appointment of Australia’s first ever chief medical officer for mental health as part of the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is welcomed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

‘This is an excellent decision by the government which demonstrates its commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, especially during these difficult times,’ said RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan.

‘We are very supportive of this innovative new appointment which will provide a new national platform for mental health and give an even stronger voice to the many individuals, families and carers in the community who face the challenges of ill mental health daily.

‘Associate Professor Vine is a highly respected psychiatrist and RANZCP Fellow with a distinguished record of public service and clinical practice and is an outstanding choice.

‘The RANZCP recognised Associate Professor Vine’s excellent service in 2008 when it conferred on her The Margaret Tobin Award, which is made to the RANZCP Fellow who has made the most significant contribution to administrative psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years.

‘We will all benefit immensely as a community from her expertise and demonstrated commitment to quality mental health care for all, especially her passion for caring for those most vulnerable in the community,’ said Associate Professor Allan.

Associate Professor Vine has previously worked as Director of Mental Health at the Department of Health (2003-2008), Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria (2009-2012) and has held various senior executive and clinical leadership roles across public mental health and community health services.

With both medical and law degrees, and extensive experience in a range of senior executive, legislative and policy, administrative, community and clinical aspects of the mental health system, Associate Professor Vine is well placed to lead Australia’s mental health response as we navigate the next phase of this pandemic.

The RANZCP congratulates Associate Professor Vine on her appointment and we look forward to working with her in this new capacity as we continue to advocate for and work towards better mental health of all Australians.

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