Mental Health Reform Program Team

To contact the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program team email tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au or
phone (03) 6166 0813.

The Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program had a minor review of governance and structure in September 2020.

The Deputy Secretary for Community, Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Tasmanian Health Service, Mr Dale Webster, has taken up the role of Program Sponsor and Dr Aaron Groves continues to provide his expertise to the Program as the Chief Clinical Advisor.

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Aaron Groves - Chief Clinical Advisor

Aaron is currently the Chief Psychiatrist for Tasmania, a role he commenced in 2017. He is responsible for leading Tasmania’s mental health and suicide prevention reform agendas and providing specialist advice in relation to mental health policy and clinical practice within the Department of Health and Tasmanian health system. Aaron chaired the Southern Tasmanian Mental Health Integration Taskforce and is committed to shaping mental health reform in Tasmania.

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Adie Gibbons - Business Owner

Adie Gibbons is the Clinical Executive Director for Statewide Mental Health Services. Adie is a Mental Health Nurse by background and has worked in the Mental Health sector for 35 years. Adie is passionate about Mental Health and believes that everything we do should have the consumer at the forefront and truly involved in making decisions about what we do, the way we do it, and how we can improve our services to make them meaningful for all who need them.

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Jeremy Harbottle - Program Steering Committee

Jeremy is the General Manager of the Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Directorate, leading this team within the Department of Health since November 2018. The Directorate works collaboratively with Statewide Mental Health Services, Community Sector Organisations and other key stakeholders to progress the implementation of national and state strategic directions for the delivery of mental health, alcohol and drug and forensic health services.  Jeremy has extensive experience across government, including more than a decade working in senior management roles within the children and family services sector.  Most recently, Jeremy was part of the team who established the National Redress Scheme in Tasmania.

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Kathy Gregory - Program Lead and Steering Committee

Kathy is an experienced Mental Health Nurse of more than 30 years in diverse roles that include public, private and community managed organisations across Australia.  Kathy attained a Masters in Mental Health 14 years ago, coinciding with her move to Tasmania, and is currently a confirmed Doctor of Health Candidate.  Prior to joining the reform team Kathy worked as the Director of Nursing for Forensic Mental Health, Correctional Primary Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.  Kathy is committed to and passionate about being part of an integrated Mental Health System that puts people with lived experience, including families and friends, at the centre of everything we do.

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Lennie Woo - Program Steering Committee

Lennie trained in Tasmania and has worked as a psychiatrist in the state for over 30 years.  Initially in the public sector, he has mainly worked as a psychiatrist in private practice and was a Director of Medical Services at a private mental heath hospital.  He recently returned to the Tasmanian Health Service and is now the Head of Department of Adult Mental Health Services South at the Royal Hobart Hospital and in Community Mental Health.  Lennie is dedicated to improving mental health services for all Tasmanians in an integrated service.

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Jo Poole - Workforce Lead and Steering Committee

Originally from the UK, Jo trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley Hospital in London. She migrated to Australia in 2008, living and working in Sydney before moving to Hobart in 2017. Jo has been a mental health nurse for 20 years, working across a variety of adult services. She has particular experience working in prisons and forensic services, community mental health emergency and in improving the physical health of people with mental illness. Jo has trained in cognitive psychotherapy and as a personal trainer. Jo has been seconded to the project team from her role as Team Leader for the Adult Community Mental Health Service.
When she is not at work Jo likes to spend her time with her pug and loves anything to do with animals and nature.

Geoffrey Hammond - Manager, Mental Health Reporting and  Reform

Geoff is the newly appointed Manager for Mental Health Reporting and Reform for Statewide Mental Health Services. Geoff brings to the Reform Program a wealth of experience which includes the analysis and evaluation of healthcare programs. Prior to joining the Tasmanian Health Service, Geoff has worked in several senior roles intrinsic to the delivery of strategic projects in health care. This included as a senior project officer in the North Metropolitan Health Service in the Western Australian Health Department for four years Geoff led analysis and evaluation of projects that related to the delivery of specialised mental health services.

Geoff has additional experience as a safety and quality coordinator within a mental health space. He holds a dual Bachelor degree in biology and psychology from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology and psychometrics from the University of Cambridge. Geoff is also a PRINCE2 practitioner in project management.

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Kristy Arrold - Program Officer

Kristy is an endorsed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 20 years experience working in a variety of specialisations, across the public and non-government sectors. She has a special interest in human rights and working with people from diverse backgrounds including Indigenous Australians, refugees and asylum seekers and LGBTIQ community.  Kristy also enjoys Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and working with people who have experienced trauma.  
Kristy is a proud and passionate nurse, dedicated to advancing mental health nursing practice and contributing to service development to achieve integrated, contemporary, person centred mental health care.

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Deb Zwolsman - Program Officer

Deb is a psychologist who has worked across Australia in regional, rural and remote areas. Deb has worked nationally on mental health initiatives, as well as in several states both clinically and in policy and program work. Recently completing a PhD in Allied Health Leadership, Deb is passionate about advocating for Allied Health Professionals.  
Deb has also spent her career striving to make health services more integrated and consumer focused, ensuring that people living with a physical or mental health  issue, their families and friends, receive the best possible care to participate and make a positive contribution within their communities.

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Brittany Szlezak - Program Officer

Since graduating in 2013 as a social worker, Brittany has worked across a variety of  mental health programs in the community managed sector and now with the Tasmanian Health Service.  She brings to the Reform Program team skills and experience as a mental health clinician, Australian Army Reservist, extensive professional networks and her own lived experience as a carer for people with mental ill health. Brittany’s most recent role was as the social worker for Mental Health Hospital in the Home.
Brittany volunteers with the Glenorchy City Council on their Healthy Communities Advisory committee and dabbles in stand-up comedy around Tasmania.  She is  passionate about systematic change that creates more streamlined pathways for all Tasmanians to access services when they need them, especially people whose lives are impacted by poverty.

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Kayley Luttrell - Program Executive Assistant

Kayley has worked with the Tasmanian Health Service for eight years in a wide variety of administrative roles including Project Support Officer for the Outpatient Clinics Clinical Redesign Project, Team Leader for Specialist Clinics and Administrative Officer with the Glenorchy & Northern Adult Community Mental Health Service. Kayley brings a wide and varied skill set in administration, customer service and operational support to the Program team, as well as a passion for reform in our mental health system.
When she is not at work Kayley keeps fit so she can play for the North Hobart Football Club Women’s Team.


We welcome you to contact the Reform Program team, send us an email to tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au or phone (03) 6166 0813.