The headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation has appointed Donna Burns, a descendant of Wiradjuri, to serve on the Board of Trustees of the First Nations.
Mr. Burns has over 25 years of experience in healthcare with a particular focus on organizational change management. Her previous roles include Deputy CEO of The Healing Foundation, Organizational Change Management Specialist and Director of Optimism Consultancy Group. She was also recently announced as CEO of the Australian Indigenous Physicians Association.
Mr. Burns is also a Non-Executive Director of Q-bital Healthcare Solutions and was previously the Queensland Non-Executive Director of Huntington.
“I am delighted to join a panel of prominent mental health advocates to provide guidance and support to lead mental health care for young people,” Burns said.
“I am committed to health equity for indigenous peoples and strongly believe that everyone has an opportunity and a responsibility to help heal, close gaps and ensure better lives for indigenous peoples.”
Headspace Chairman Ben Shields said:
“Donna brings a breadth of experience and reflects our commitment to having a deep knowledge of the healthcare system on the Board. She is a great asset.”
Mr. Burns’ appointment will begin in November 2022 and will follow the retirement of Mr. Katina Law, who has served on the Board since August 2016.
“I would also like to thank Katina for her dedication to serving the Board over the last six years and her passion for improving the lives of First Nations people,” Shields said.
“Katina is an invaluable member of our Senior Leadership and has helped drive initiatives for Indigenous Youth. was a defender of
“We wish Katina all the best for her future and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for spending time with us.”
Young people, families and friends in need of assistance are encouraged to visit their local Headspace Center. Support is also available by phone and online counseling service Headspace 7 days a week from 9am to 1am AEST. The number is 1800 650 890.
If you’re looking for someone to talk to quickly, Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) are available 24/7.
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