Dr Leanne Geppert was appointed Executive Director of the Queensland Mental Health Commission on 1 February 2019.
She brings to the Commission more than 20 years’ experience in developing, delivering and improving high quality mental health services, most recently as Executive Director of Mental Health and Specialised Services at West Moreton Hospital and Health Service. In this role she was responsible for the region’s mental health services, drug and alcohol services and primary health services in prisons, as well as statewide programs for forensic mental health, learning, research and benchmarking.
As the Commission’s Executive Director, Dr Geppert’s role is to oversee the implementation of Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and shape the development of policies and strategies that support and guide its implementation. She also provides high-level analysis and advice to the Commissioner regarding the strategic policy and program direction for mental health and substance misuse reform in Queensland.
Dr Geppert holds a Masters and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Her clinical and executive leadership experience spans child, youth, young adult and adult consumer groups, while her corporate roles have been relevant to all age groups and all types of mental health service delivery across the state, including non-government organisations, and the private and public sectors.
Dr Geppert is a registered psychologist with endorsement in clinical psychology. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian College of Clinical Psychologists.
A lifelong commitment to mental health and drug and alcohol system reform positions Dr Geppert perfectly to lead the Commission team during such an exciting time in Queensland. This will be supported by her strong, established networks across the sector, and her passion for driving change and innovation through partnerships.