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Bundaberg woman appointed new national mental health representative

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Cheryl Rudorfer, Queensland Carer Representative, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Cheryl Rudorfer, Queensland Carer Representative, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

1 Feb 2018

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic today announced Cheryl Rudorfer, would be one of two Queensland representatives on the forum. The second Queensland representative is Tanya Kretschmann from Rockhampton.

Mr Frkovic said the positions were vitally important as there was so much change happening in the mental health sector with the ongoing rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, expansion of mental health services across the state and new initiatives around safety and quality of mental health care.

Queensland’s representatives will contribute to informing a number of national bodies, including government committees and advisory groups, professional bodies and other consultative forums.

“As national forum members, Tanya and Cheryl will be the voice of Queensland consumers and carers, bringing real life examples, issues and concerns to the ears of policy and decision makers,” Mr Frkovic said.

“Both have a good understanding of the systemic shifts underway and clearly demonstrate the critical analysis, communication skills and passion to make a difference.

“They are both already strong advocates for Queenslanders with a lived experience of mental illness, and will take this opportunity to push for positive change.”

Ms Rudorfer has been a carer and advocate for carers, consumers and their families for the past 13 years. She is a Peer Support Coordinator for Bundaberg Community Care Unit, as well as a Consumer Engagement Facilitator at Bundaberg Community Health, with an extensive community network.

Ms Rudorfer said: “Carers can be the forgotten parties in the mental health system, with many facing difficulties accessing help and support.

“My goal is to achieve greater fairness, recognition and support for carers and their needs.”

Mr Frkovic expressed appreciation to Queensland’s retiring NMHCCF members, Noel Muller and Peter Dillon, for their lengthy service to Queensland’s mental health consumers and carers.

Ms Kretschmann and Ms Rudorfer will attend their first NMHCCF meeting in March 2018.

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CONTACT: Robyn Oberg, 3405 9774 or 0434 987 212

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