Department of Health

Inaugural Mental Health Commissioners appointed


Victoria’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is beginning to take shape.

A Chair Commissioner and three Commissioners have now been appointed to lead the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission – as recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The Commission will be led by Chair Treasure Jennings, who is the current Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and brings a wealth of experience and insight from her work in oversight, consumer complaints and dispute resolution.

Ms Jennings will be joined by Commissioners Annabel Brebner, Jacqueline Gibson and Kathleen Maggie Toko who bring strong lived-and-living experience and leadership to the roles, along with complaints handling, system reform and rights protection.

They bring profound expertise, diversity and experience to the Commission and will champion the leadership of people with lived-and-living experience in the mental health system.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will monitor the mental health and wellbeing system, maintaining a high quality and safe system for all Victorians needing support, treatment and care.

As an independent statutory authority, the Commission will hold government to account to ensure our new mental health and wellbeing system is one that improves everyone’s experience, driving system wide cultural change and leading the way to reduce stigma.

The Commissioners’ appointment will come into effect on 1 April 2023 and they will prepare for the establishment of the new Commission before formally commencing in the roles on 1 September 2023.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will be established from 1 September 2023 when the new Mental Health and Wellbeing ActExternal Link takes effect.

Read more about the new Mental Health and Wellbeing CommissionExternal Link .

Reviewed 13 March 2023

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