Grace Groom Memorial Oration 2018
26 November 2018 - 6:30pm
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Tracey Spicer presents the 2018 Grace Groom Memorial Oration…
Tracey Spicer is one of the most versatile journalists and presenters in the country, with a portfolio spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and online media.
During her 30-year career, Tracey has reported for, and anchored, national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News.
The mother-of-two is an Ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision, Purple Our World, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Full Stop Foundation, Cancer Council NSW, SISTER2sister, and the Learning Potential Fund at QUT.
In 2018, Tracey was honoured with an Order of Australia for work in media and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups.
About Grace Groom
Grace Groom became CEO of Mental Health Australia - then the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) - in 2002 and left the Council in 2005.
Sadly, Grace passed away in 2006.
Grace is remembered as a reformist, never afraid to challenge outdated views and appraoches to supporting people with mental health issues. Her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm gained the respect of all those involved in mental health reform, and her efforts were instrumental in advancing mental health in the political agenda.
Her 2003 report Out of Hospital, Out of Mind pointed out that mental disorders in Australia accounted for 27% of all disability costs but attracted only 7% of health funding. Through this report, Grace demonstrated her capacity to marry strong strategic understanding with appreciation of the practical and fiscal issues involved in reform.
Her 2005 report, Not for Service - Experiences of Injustice and Despair in Mental Health Care in Australia was among the first to take into account the personal stories of consumers and thier carers. These stories demonstrated the strength of human spirit and the perseverance of mental health professionals while also painting a picture of “a crumbling mental health care system”.
Before joining the MHCA, Grace held the position of National Primary Mental Health Coordinator with the Australian Divisions of General Practice and prior to that she was Director of the Queensland Divisions of General Practice Mental Health Support Strategy.
She was the driving force behind Queensland Health’s General Practitioners and Psychiatry Partnerships Project; a key player in the development of the National Primary Mental Health Care Initiative, and the Federal Budget measure ‘Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care’.