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States of Mind – The Importance of Mental Health in the Public Sector

On Thursday 4 November 2021 Professor Pat Dudgeon took part in an IPAA ACT and Griffith Review virtual event on mental health awareness and its importance to the public sector.
The event included Dr Ashley Hay, Editor, Griffith Review, who facilitated an exploration of the importance of mental health challenges in a broad conversation. Others taking part alongside Pat in the distinguished panel, included Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, Secretary of The Treasury and IPAA ACT President and Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
The discussion covered psychological, psychiatric and economic dimensions of the mental health question in depth. The panel drew on its considerable personal and professional background to consider what has worked well and what needs improvement to meet our mental health challenges, and issued a hopeful call to action for the public sector and the wider citizenry to face and continue to develop its policies and approaches.


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