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Chief Executive Officer

Pam Anders

Pam has worked in complex policy and political environments. Before leading Mental Health Reform Victoria, she was Director of Public Engagement at Oxfam Australia. Her senior management experience in a range of public policy, public sector management and communications comes from roles including the Director for WorkHealth at WorkSafe Victoria; Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier of Victoria; and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Treasurer of Victoria.

Pam holds graduate (B.Ed.) and postgraduate qualifications (M.Pub.Pol.) from the University of Melbourne. She has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course.

Pam is committed to ensuring the reform of the mental health system is done collaboratively and approached differently to how reform has been approached before. She believes that to resolve the difficulties in a system, we need to rethink the approach we take to solving those challenges.



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Chief Adviser

Associate Professor Simon Stafrace

Simon Stafrace is a psychiatrist who has worked in Victoria's public mental health system and in private practice for more than 25 years.

Before this appointment to MHRV, Simon was Program Director of Mental & Addiction Health at Alfred Health. At Alfred Health, he was responsible for the delivery of clinical mental health services across southern Melbourne, and a research centre managed in partnership with Monash University.

He is presently Chair of the Community Collaboration Committee of the RANZCP, a community member of the Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership, and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. Simon has also been a member of the boards of Mental Health Victoria and Tandem Victoria.

Simon shares the belief that complex problems are solved when people with diverse backgrounds work together. He is committed to improving the mental health system in partnership with the community and people with lived experience, and to developing the kinds of services he would be happy for members of his family to receive treatment in.