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Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia.

Mary O'Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia.

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. 

Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary established the international social enterprise PeerZone which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress. 

She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities. 

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Our Global Leadership Council

Our Global Leadership Council provides thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience.

Louise Bradley

Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Fran Silvestri

Chief Executive Officer, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Ashley de Silva

CEO of ReachOut Australia

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Ed Mantler

Former Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Andrew Slater

CEO of Whakarongorau Aotearoa

Graziella Thake

CEO of Optimisation Hub

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Mary O'Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Charles Curie

Principle and Founder, The Curie Group, LLC