Five months after establishing the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, the ACT Government has announced who will lead the organisation designed to provide a holistic and integrated approach to mental health and suicide prevention services in the Territory.
Perth psychiatrist Dr Elizabeth Moore will take up the new position of ACT Coordinator General of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
A Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for over 25 years, Dr Moore has worked in public and private hospital and community settings in both clinical and administrative positions across five states and territories in Australia. Dr Moore also volunteers with a not-for-profit organisation involved in youth mental health and multicultural wellbeing.
Dr Moore said it was a privilege to be chosen for the role of Coordinator-General of the Office.
“I am excited about the move to Canberra and I am looking forward to meeting and working with staff in the Office to drive a renewed vision for mental health and wellbeing for the ACT community,” Dr Moore said.
“My focus for the Office will be underpinned by evidence-based care pathways and better coordination of services across all sectors to promote mental health recovery.
“I am also looking forward to helping create the Territory-wide mental health services needed to meet the needs of the community, from prevention and early intervention through to rehabilitation and recovery.”
Dr Moore said she would be working closely with carers and consumers, mental health service providers, experts in the sectors and across all ACT Government directorates to raise the prominence of and make changes to enhance mental health.
“Building these relationships will also help the Office to address and report on the social determinants in the ACT and how particular circumstances impact on mental health and wellbeing,” she said.
Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury said the announcement was a great milestone for the new Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
“The creation of the Office reflects this government’s commitment to suicide prevention and improving mental health outcomes for all Canberrans,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“It is our ultimate aim that more people are well for longer, and that the use of acute and crisis care services is reduced. That means a focus on prevention and early intervention and on the community mental health services we fund and support.
“Dr Moore brings great experience to the ACT and she will provide important strategic leadership and direction for our mental health system, which will drive better mental health outcomes for Canberrans.”
Dr Moore will formally commence in the role from Monday 3 December 2018.