Grace Groom Memorial Oration 2019

25 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 25 November 2019 - 9:30pm

National Press Club
ACT 2600

Grace Groom Memorial Oration 2019

When: November 25, 6:30pm 

Where: National Press Club, Barton ACT

Cost: $95 - includes dinner and drinks 

Dress: Business attire

Registrations close Friday November 15 at 12:00pm.

Mental Health Australia presents the annual Grace Groom Memorial Oration. This year, the oration will be presented by Productivity Commissioner Dr Stephen King.

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Grace is remembered as a reformist, never afraid to challenge outdated views and appraoches to supporting people with mental health issues.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’.

About Dr Stephen King, Productivity Commissioner

Dr Stephen P King joined the Productivity Commission as a Commissioner from 1 July 2016. He was recently a Professor of Economics at Monash University in Melbourne where he also held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2009-2011.

Prior to joining Monash, Stephen was a Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where he chaired the Mergers Review Committee. Previous roles include, Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne and a Professor of Management (Economics) at the Melbourne Business School.

Stephen’s main areas of expertise are in microeconomic theory, competition economics, regulation and industrial organization. His research has been published widely, including articles in major international economics journals.

Stephen is an adjunct professor at Monash University, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He is also a member of the Review panel considering pharmacy remuneration and regulation.

Dr King is currently presiding Commissioner for the inquiry into Mental Health.

He previously worked on the Human Services, Competition in the Australian Financial System and Economic Regulation of Airports inquiries.

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