Imagine how quickly the Australian economy would slide to the bottom of the OEDC rankings if 50 per cent of the population was locked out of work because of their gender.

Yet, every day we seemingly accept the exclusion from work of people living with mental health challenges. Nearly one in two Australians will experience a mental health issue in their life-time. They work alongside us in our schools, hospitals, banks, employment support services. They are running our companies, baking our bread, mowing our lawns. And too many others who live with a mental health condition struggle to find and keep work because the first thing employers think about is deficit and risk.

Georgie will challenge us to think about people’s strengths and qualities, about genuine leadership, and that mental health at work starts with DES providers and the employers they work with. She will talk about how beyondblue’s Heads Up initiative can help.

Georgie Harman

Chief Executive Officer

Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors. Georgie was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions.
Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on mental health reform. From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of the largest ever mental health Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first. Georgie has also led national reforms to lift Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates and worked in the HIV/AIDS sector in Australia and the UK.

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