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eMental Health Policies and Standards: A Global Need

September 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NZST


About the Webinar

In this webinar, eMental Health International Collaborative leaders will discuss how to get the policy and standards context right.

The pandemic has put enormous strain on lots of people’s mental health and shone a spotlight on issues that were there before. This correlates with the increasing uptake of digital mental health tools and services we are seeing, as people around the world grapple with COVID-19. Consumer’s mental health combined with an acute need for remote services is driving the digital movement. In France for example, cases of depression doubled across 2020 and at the same time VCs boosted funding provision for mental health start-ups by 4.5 times. There has been a proliferation of various digital mental health tools to meet this high demand. International data shows that less than a quarter of those tools and services meet minimum standards for safety and effectiveness. Governments and mental health service providers at local, regional, state, and national levels are struggling to keep up with the pace of development, which has caught everyone off guard.

Come and hear what global leaders have to say

In this Special Interest Group webinar, leaders from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore will discuss a range of responses by different countries to get the eMental Health Policy and Standards context right. Government responses have taken many forms including developing eMental Health Strategies, Frameworks, and/or Standards, in order to inform effective commissioning and implementation. While good steps have been taken across various jurisdictions, much work remains to be done.

We look forward to you joining us! For any questions, please contact admin@emhicglobal.com.


Expert Panelists:

Christine Morgan

CEO, National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention advisor to Prime Minister Rt Hon Scott Morrison, Australia.

Christine Morgan

Ms Christine Morgan is the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Ms Morgan is a passionate leader in mental health care reform, committed to listening and responding to the voice and needs of those with lived experience.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms Morgan was CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders and Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. As former CEO of the Butterfly Foundation, she led a collaborative advocacy strategy that included amplification of eating disorders as a serious mental and physical health issue. This is now being replicated internationally. In the not for profit sector, Ms Morgan was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development. Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Ms Morgan was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra.



Charles Curie

Principal, The Curie Group, Former Administrator, SAMSHA (2001 – 2006), USA.

Charles Curie

Charles G. Curie is the principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a management and consulting firm specializing in working with national and international leaders in public and private healthcare, particularly mental health (MH) services and substance use (SU) treatment and prevention arenas, to facilitate the transformation of services and to attain increasingly positive outcomes in the lives of people worldwide. Curie has over 40 years of professional experience in the MH and SU services fields.
In 2001, Curie was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As SAMHSA Administrator, Curie led the $3.4 billion agency responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the Nation’s public mental health and addiction treatment services.
Prior to his confirmation as SAMHSA Administrator, Curie was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge as Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) for the Dept. of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. During his tenure he established a policy to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system. This program won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award.
Previous professional experience includes Director of Risk Management Services, Henry S. Lehr, Inc., Bethlehem, PA; President/CEO, Helen H. Stevens Community Mental Health Center, Carlisle, PA; and Executive Director/CEO, Sandusky Valley Center, Tiffin, OH.
Curie has received numerous awards and honors, including a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Huntington University, 2012; the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA) E. Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011; The John P. McGovern Award for Substance Abuse Prevention, 2005; and The Society of Prevention Research Public Service Award, 2004.
Curie holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Huntington University. He has been appointed to the 2020 Behavioral Health Integration Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, DC and serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.



Phillip Grady

Acting Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction, Ministry of Health, New Zealand.

Philip Grady

Philip’s range of experiences include frontline clinical nursing roles, senior management roles in both mental health and addiction services.  In his current role as acting Deputy Director-General for Mental Health and Addiction, Philip is leading an ambitious programme of work that will see a once-in-a-generation transformation of mental health and addictions systems. This work is focused on improving access, choice and outcomes for New Zealanders and repealing and replacing the current Mental Health Act. 






Ed Mantler

Vice President, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canada.

Ed Mantler

Vice-President, Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada
A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, fostering stakeholder engagement, and aligning strategic objectives, Ed has led innovation and improvement in both health care and mental health for over two decades.
As Vice-President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health in Canada and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses.
Ed is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master of Science Administration degree, and is a Certified Health Executive.




Dr Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.

Dr Daniel Fung

Dr Daniel Fung is the CEO of the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 Singapore medical schools. Dr Fung is the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions and President of the College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Dr Fung has co-authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers, books and book chapters.







Professor Nick Titov

Executive Director,  Mindspot, Australia.

Professor Nick Titov

My roles include Executive Director of both the Australian national MindSpot Clinic, www.mindspot.org.au, and the Western Australian Practitioner Online Referral and Treatment Service (PORTS), www.ports.org.au, and Co-Director of the eCentreClinic research clinic, www.ecentreclinic.org. I currently serve on advisory groups to several organisations.
My research and professional aims are to reduce the prevalence and burden of common mental health disorders, and reduce barriers to care.
There are three parts to this research. First is research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of change during psychological therapy. Second is research concerned with the development and evaluation of new psychological treatment models. Third is research aimed at determining how these protocols can be most safely and effectively deployed in routine clinical settings.

The scope of my work is both conceptual and pragmatic. My current research explores the behavioural and cognitive habits which predict emotional wellbeing across different groups of people. This has implications for the structure of psychiatric diagnostic systems and models of psychopathology. Pragmatic questions include how new treatment protocols which build on these habits, can be used in treatment protocols to facilitate recovery and wellbeing. My other current research projects are concerned with developing new service models, and how to best develop standards and regulations for digital models of psychological care.



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Event Details

September 17, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm NZST