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Professor & Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic, Australia

Professor Chee Ng

Chee Ng is the Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic and The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health at St Vincent’s Melbourne. Chee has considerable research experience in mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology, schizophrenia, old age, and cross cultural psychiatry. He has published over 250 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 25 book chapters, and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry Journal. He previously led the Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development Project involving 18 Asia-Pacific countries. He also served as international mental health consultant for WHO, the Commonwealth of Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He is currently an Executive Committee Member of the APEC Mental Health Digital Hub and President-Elect of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists.


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) is a regional inter-governmental economic organization of 21 Pacific Rim member economies* that aims to promote sustainable growth, free trade and economic integration. APEC is home to around 2.8 billion people from highly diverse cultures who represent approximately 57% of world GDP and the world’s three largest economies. APEC members deal with important new challenges to the region’s economic well-being, including disaster resilience, pandemics, climate change and terrorism. APEC committees and working groups provide strategic policy recommendations to APEC Economic Leaders (Heads of State) and Ministers who meet annually to set the overarching goals and initiatives.

* APEC economies include Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; rhe Philippines; the Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Vietnam.

APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health (Digital Hub) is the coordinating centre for APEC’s work in mental health, as set out in the APEC Roadmap to Promote Mental Wellness in a Healthy Asia Pacific. The Digital Hub’s mission is to strengthen the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities across the Asia-Pacific in support of sustainable economic growth.

The Digital Hub has been working to advance several key initiatives within priority Focus Areas [1].  In addition, the Digital Hub has also been working to expand its network of government, public, and private sector partners to share, develop, scale up and evaluate innovative evidence- and practice-based programs for mental health. The Digital Hub is hosted in Canada at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in collaboration with the University of Alberta (UA) and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT).  Core partners across the Asia-Pacific region, including The University of Melbourne, support and contribute to the activities of the Digital Hub.

[1] Digital Hub Focus Areas were identified through a Strategic Needs Assessment undertaken by member economies and consist of: 1. Vulnerable communities and children; 2. Indigenous communities; 3. Integration with primary care and community settings; 4. Workplace wellness and resilience; 5. Advocacy and public awareness; 6. Disaster resilience and trauma, and; 7. Data collection and standardization.

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Our Global Leadership Council

Global Leadership Council members provide thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience in eMHIC’s Special Interest Groups. 

Special Interest Groups

GLC Members

Ethics and Law

Richman Wee

Senior Researcher, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Piers Gooding

Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Mindspot, Australia

International Phone and Text Helplines

Andrew Slater

Chief Executive Officer, Whakarongorau, New Zealand

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Policy, Strategy & Standards

Christine Morgan

CEO, National Mental Health Commission of Australia

Ed Mantler

SVP Chief Program Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Charles Curie

Principle and Founder, The Curie Group, LLC

Dr. Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Louise Bradley

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

Fran Silvestri

President and CEO, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Dr Nina Ferencic

Senior Regional Adviser on Adolescent Health, Development and Participation, UNICEF

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO, ORCHA

Lived Experience

Mary O'Hagan

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

Mental Healthcare Workforce

Nicholas Watters

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

Anna Elders

Clinical Lead, Just a Thought, New Zealand

Ashley de Silva

CEO of ReachOut Australia

Niki Legge

Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Corrections & Confined Spaces

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA

Juanita Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive at Ara Poutama, New Zealand

Evidence Creation

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic, Australia


Angie Chew

Adjunct Associate Professor of mindfulness at the National University of Singapore.

Addie Wooten

CEO, Smiling Mind, Australia

Dr Craig Hassed

Senior lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Bruce Arroll

Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland , New Zealand

Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Andrew Greenshaw

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience University of Alberta, Canada

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Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

International Phone and Text Helplines

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together.