National Register - QLD Representative Profiles

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Michael Burge, Consumer Representative

Michael Burge OAM was awarded Order of Australia Medal (OAM) June 2014 for his work as a Mental Health Peer Advocate since 1995. Represented consumers on numerous local, state, national and international committees. Former chair of National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) and member 2006-2017. Master Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, conducted 97 courses throughout rural and remote Australia.

Graduate National Mental Health Commissions Future Leaders in Mental Health Program 2014-2015; member International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL); participated in exchanges to America, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand. Appointed to the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) board 2017-2019. Presenting on the Lived Experience Panel at the World Congress of Mental Health November 2017 in New Delhi, India.

Michael believes discrimination against people with a lived experience of mental health in workplaces could potentially be the biggest modern day systemic failure with regards to consumer rights. He is very passionate about doing what it takes to address this as he feels their rights are being deliberately denied and not adequately acknowledged in their communities and workplaces in Australia and around the world.

Noel Muller, Consumer Representative

I have been an active executive member of a number of local, state and national organisations that have a focus on health, mental health and well-being, for over fifteen years. I have represented these groups and the community across a wide and diverse range of health and well-being matters. I have a passion for consumer rights, and equity.

I have a particular interest in the provision of health and community services for all, and a firm belief that the community must be active participants in all decision process in the provision of health care and services. I have a deep commitment to my community, although I find that over time, ‘my community’ has extended to a national dimension.

Carmel Murray, Carer Representative

I currently hold the position of Cairns Hinterland Consumer and Carer Advisory Group  Secretary and the Carer Representative at the Performance and Management Committee meetings for the Cairns and Hinterland Mental Health and ATODS Service. I have extensive knowledge of peer work in supporting carers and consumers. I have been involved in a wide range of activities in the Cairns region. Highlights for me have been establishing a mental health carer support group, publishing a book for carers and consumers, being part of a team which this year secured funding for the establishment of a Warm Line. I believe that we are all here to support each other and this is part of why I am so passionate about the importance of establishing and supporting peer work, peer workers and peer work training.

Ailsa Rayner, Consumer Representative

After joining the National Register in 2010 I have been very fortunate to speak at conferences, contribute at a national and state level in significant roles including being a member of a committee providing advice to COAG, being a consumer representative on the Qld Mental Health Advisory Council, and start a network online of consumers and carers through social media. These opportunities would not have arisen without the impetus from the NMHCCF and the National Register.

Debbie Spink, Consumer Representative

I am currently a Consumer Representative on the Steering Committee of the QLD Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network, the Brisbane North PHN Child and Youth Mental Health Advisory Group, and the Brisbane South PHN Perinatal Mental Health Reference Group. I am a peer delegate contributing to the development of the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Regional Plan for the Brisbane North PHN.

My personal experience of lifetime depression and anxiety peaked with postnatal depression after the birth of my second child. I also care for my daughter who experiences significant mental health challenges, strongly linked to my illness.

My passion is to advocate for system change to improve the experience of families during the perinatal period. I developed the Parenting Partner Concept in 2010, as a tool to empower the community to detect emotional challenges and provide support for parents. I co-founded Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness in 2011, acting as CEO until September 2014 after which I moved on to focus further on service improvement. I have since collaborated with the Redcliffe Hospital to embed Emotional Preparation for Parenthood education co-facilitated by consumers into antenatal classes, hoping to drive expansion of this model.

There are a total of 5 consumer and 2 carer representatives from QLD currently on the National Register.

Please note that representative profiles are not currently available for all National Register members.

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