Department of Health

Board announced for Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing


The establishment of the Collaborative Centre is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The ten inaugural board members will be:

  • Terry Laidler (Chair)
  • Maria Katsonis (Deputy Chair)
  • Gill Callister
  • Lisa Brophy
  • Phong Nguyen
  • Sheree Lowe
  • Steve Moylan
  • Amelia Walters
  • Fionn Skiotis
  • Gerard Naughtin

For more information about the board members, visit Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The appointments bring a broad depth of personal and professional experiences to the board.

The board has at least four people who identify as having a lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress. This includes two people who bring a consumer perspective and two with family, carer or supporter perspective.

The board will oversee the establishment and operation of the new Collaborative Centre. This includes setting the early strategic direction of the new centre and selecting key delivery clinical and academic partners.

The Collaborative Centre will serve as the ‘engine room’ of the reformed mental health and wellbeing system.

The purpose-built facility in Melbourne will bring together people with lived experience, researchers and clinicians to establish best practice in adult mental health and wellbeing services, including conducting research and sharing knowledge.

Legislation to establish the Collaborative Centre passed Parliament in November 2021. The board members start official duties once the legislation commences, likely in early September 2022.

Reviewed 20 July 2022

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