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Council members

Membership of the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council reflects the diversity of the Queensland community. Council Members are champions for all people with lived experience of mental health issues or problems with substance use, their families, carers and supporters.

Jeremy Audas

Jeremy has a deep understanding of the service delivery and community service needs of people impacted by disadvantage, including disability and mental illness. He understands the specific issues impacting people living in regional, rural and remote areas.

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Janice Crosbie

During her journey of recovery, Janice has developed a deep understanding of the barriers and challenges that are faced when navigating through the mental health system and tertiary and education sectors.

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Professor David Kavanagh

David is a psychologist with a strong commitment to improving outcomes for people with mental health problems.

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Kerrie Keepa

Kerrie, the founder of SOS Fast (Survivors of Suicide Fighting Against Suicide Toll), is passionate about suicide awareness and prevention for good reason. Having already lost one brother, two sisters and a nephew to suicide, in September 2014 Kerrie also lost her son Christopher.

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Emma Kill

Emma is passionate about social justice and the rights of people who use drugs. With 15 years’ experience working in the community sector, Emma is a lecturer and social researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Martina McGrath

Martina is a mental health and suicide prevention advocate. Her personal journey included her own suicide attempt in 2013 following a long period of multi-layered social and mental health problems.

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Hamza Vayani

Hamza advocates for culturally responsive and holistic health, mental health, drug and alcohol services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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Samantha Wild

Samantha is a proud Wakka Wakka and South Sea Islander woman and the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Manager for Headspace.

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Jane Williams

Jane has spent much of her life living and working in rural and remote Queensland. A registered nurse with 25 years working in rural and remote Western Queensland, Jane holds qualifications in rural and remote health, community services coordination, management, nursing and midwifery, and rural isolated practice.

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Dr Mark Wenitong

Mark is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland and is passionate about improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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Former members

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Last updated 17 March 2017

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