Premier Colin Barnett has announced the appointment of Under Treasurer Tim Marney as the State’s next Mental Health Commissioner.
Premier Colin Barnett has announced the appointment of under-treasurer Tim Marney as the state’s next mental health commissioner.
Mr Barnett said in a statement that Mr Marney had expressed a strong interest in making a contribution to the government’s reform agenda in mental health.
“With a Mental Health Bill currently before the parliament and work taking place on a Mental Health Services Plan to address major challenges facing the government and the community in relation to mental health, the government was delighted to accept Mr Marney’s request to enter this role from his current position,” Mr Barnett said.
“Mr Marney has served on the board of beyondblue since 2008 and has been deputy chair of the board for the past three years. He has been a vocal advocate of mental health issues and has spoken openly of his own experience with depression and anxiety.
“Mr Marney’s position of under-treasurer will be filled on an acting basis by deputy under-treasurer Michael Barnes, who will continue to support and implement the government’s economic agenda,” the premier said.
The Mental Health Commission was established in 2010, with a goal of driving reform of the mental health system.
This reform has included the development of more community-centred support and services.