Former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard AC is Chair of beyondblue, having been a board member since December 2014. She also serves as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organisation dedicated to expanding access to quality education worldwide. Ms Gillard is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington and an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide. Ms Gillard serves as Patron of CAMFED, the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and the Aim for the Stars Foundation, and is also on the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.
Mental health reform outside the office, consulting room and health system
Saturday 1 September & Sunday 2 September | View program for more details
As the chair of Beyond Blue, was for me as the daughter of a psychiatric nurse, like coming full circle. Through my father’s work I’d always understood the importance of talking openly about mental health and responding to those in need. At beyond blue we believed passionately in beyondblue and its potential to change the way we, as a nation, think and talk about our mental health. At beyondblue we are an organisation for all Australians from preschool to uni from the first day at work to retirement and beyond. For traders and professionals men and women on the land the office workers and the executive floor. At beyondblue we don’t just want people talking about their mental health we want them taking action to recover. To build their resilience and lower their risk of developing depression anxiety and most particularly the risk of suicide. On average eight Australians take their own lives every day and six of those will be men. As Chair of beyondblue I am working with a dedicated team of Board Directors and staff, who are determined to make good mental health practices a part of all of our daily lives. I don’t underestimate any of the challenges that we at beyondblue face as we try to improve the mental health of all Australians and to prevent suicide, but I’m a huge optimist about the future, and the core of my optimism is a belief in our collective ability to educate and support all generations about how best to look after our own mental health and the mental health of those we love.