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Our supporters

The National Stigma Report Card and Our Turn to Speak survey would not have been possible without the collaborative support of individuals and organisations from across the mental health, health, and social service sectors.

Thank you to everyone who has given their time and expertise so generously to support this project. 

Project partners

Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Paul Ramsay Foundation seeks to identify and partner with individuals, communities and organisations working to create an Australia where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential.

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne is committed to transforming the world we live in through ground-breaking research, inspiring entrepreneurship, and by providing an outstanding education that reflects the needs of our domestic and global community.

Anne Deveson Research Centre

An initiative of SANE Australia, the Anne Deveson Research Centre undertakes practical research that drives policy change to produce better social outcomes for Australians affected by complex mental health issues.

SANE Australia

SANE Australia is a national mental health charity dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. SANE’s vision is for an Australia where people affected by complex mental health issues live long and fulfilling lives, free from stigma and discrimination.

Project supporters

Our Turn to Speak Lived Experience Champions

Lived Experience Champion, Elly
Our Turn to Speak Lived Experience Champions
  • Bede Carmody 
  • Stefani Caminiti
  • Matt Dale
  • Eleanor Danks
  • Hannah Hyatt
  • Phoebe Kingston


Coalition of Advocates

These organisations from across the mental health sector and beyond contributed both expertise and practical support to the National Stigma Report Card project and Our Turn to Speak survey.


National Stigma Report Card Steering Committee


Dr Michelle Blanchard, Deputy CEO, SANE Australia, Director, Anne Deveson Research Centre, and Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Dr Christopher Groot, Research Lead, National Stigma Report Card, Lecturer and DirectorMental Illness Stigma Lab, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Committee Members

Dr Mark Cross
Consultant Psychiatrist, Northside Group

Aaron Fornarino
Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia

Dr Brian Graetz
Program Associate, Paul Ramsay Foundation (to December 2019)

Katie Larsen
General Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Participation at Mind Australia Limited

Dr Marg Leggatt AM
Co-Founder and Patron, SANE Australia

Paul Martin
Executive Manager, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Brisbane North Primary Health Network

Mark Orr AM
CEO, Flourish Australia

Dr Sarah Pollock
Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Mind Australia

Sophie Raphael
Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia

Associate Professor Sathya Rao
Executive Clinical Director, Spectrum

Jo Rasmussen
Strategic Project Coordinator, Murray Primary Health Network

Professor Alan Rosen AO
Clinical Associate Professor, Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Cameron Solnordal
Board Director and Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia

Andrew Thorp
Head of Strategic Planning & Design, Beyond Blue

Glen Tobias
State Manager, Victoria, Neami National

Terri Warner
Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia

Associate Professor Anna Waterreus
Research Assistant Professor, Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

Chris Wood
General Manager System Outcomes, South East Melbourne Primary Health Network

Our Turn to Speak Expert Reference Group

A Delphi Consensus quality assurance process was adopted to ensure the quality of the Our Turn to Speak survey. 

This involved recruiting a panel of experts, which comprised 26 people with expertise across a range of sectors and diverse stakeholder groups, including:

  • people with lived experience of complex mental health issues
  • family, friends and carers
  • academics who conduct research about stigma and discrimination linked to mental health issues
  • leaders and service providers from across the mental health, disability, homelessness, youth, health and medical, employment, legal and justice, regional and remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+, and culturally and linguistically diverse sectors and communities.



  • Hayley Abell, Strategy and Policy Advisor, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
  • Dr Cathy Andronis FRACGP, General Practitioner Victoria
  • Dr Jennifer Bowers, Retired Chief Executive Officer, Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd and Director, Mental Health Australia
  • Nic Brown, Chief Executive Officer, batyr
  • Professor Timothy Carey FAPS, Director, Institute of Global Health Equity Research, Andrew Weiss Chair of Research in Global Health, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
  • Bede Carmody, Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia
  • Dr Simone Caynes, Program Manager MHPPEI, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Merrilee Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Association of Central Australia (NT)
  • Emma Coughlan, Senior Policy Officer, Mental Health Australia
  • Dr Lynne Coulson-Barr OAM, Inaugural Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
  • Connie Digolis, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Council of Tasmania
  • Bronwyn Fisher, Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia
  • Dominic Hồng Ɖức Golding, Policy and Projects Officer, National Ethic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
  • Dr Craig Gordon, Research Team Lead, Research and Evaluation Team, Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency (New Zealand)
  • Dr Scott Griffiths, NHMRC Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Co-Director, Physical Appearance Research Tea
  • Kelton Hardingham – PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Mental Illness Stigma Lab, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne 
  • Dr George Hoare, Head of Programme Management, Time to Change England
  • Dr Fincina Hopgood, Lecturer in Screen Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, University of New England
  • Hannah Hyatt, Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia
  • Simon Katterl, Mental Health Consumer Advocate
  • Harry Lovelock, Director Policy and Research, Mental Health Australia
  • Sam Loxton, Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia
  • Dr Ruth McNair AM, Honorary Associate Professor, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
  • Mariesa Nicholas, Director of Research, ReachOut Australia
  • Anastasia Panayiotidis, General Manager Clinical Services, Relationships Australia Victoria 
  • Damien Patterson, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Council to Homeless Persons 
  • Marie Piu, Chief Executive Officer, Tandem
  • Lee-Anne Rogers, Change Leader, Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACT Health Directorate
  • Professor Norman Sartorius FRCPsych, President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AMH)
  • Dr Heather Stuart, FRSC C.M., Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, Professor in Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Sarah Sutton, Peer Ambassador, SANE Australia
  • Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Centre for Global Mental Health and Centre for Implementation Science, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
  • Khi-Lee Thorpe, former Senior Media and Communications Manager, Culture Is Life