The College congratulates RANZCP Fellow, Dr Alex Cockram, on her appointment as a Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.
The RANZCP is a strong supporter of the royal commission, it will provide an unprecedented opportunity to design a mental health system that meets the need of Victorians in the 21st century.
An Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry, Dr Cockram joins other commissioners Dr Penny Armytage (Chairperson), Professor Allan Fels and Professor Bernadette McSherry.
Dr Cockram has provided strategic advice to government and industry in areas including mental health and alcohol and other drug service system reform and the service system interface between the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the health system. She was Chief Executive of Western Health from 2012 to 2017.
Dr Cockram has worked with key stakeholders to develop regional plans to improve outcomes for consumers, their families and carers through strategies to increase integration of the mental health and alcohol and other drug service systems in primary, community and specialist care settings.
In 2017, she joined the Board of Epworth Healthcare group, one of the largest not-for-profit health care providers in Australia.
Dr Cockram is a psychiatrist by training, a clinician, and leader in mental health and acute health care. She has been an advocate for workforce training and development that supports better patient and community outcomes.