Mental Health Forum

Photo by Rosie Kew

© Photo by Rosie Kew

Mental Health Forum provides a means for Consumers, Carers and the Community to actively participate in and contribute to, the review and development of Mental Health Services (MHS). It is a way for their voices and perspectives to be brought to the decisions which are made regarding the improvement of public Mental Health Services.

Mental Health Forum is a subcommittee of the NNSW LHD Board and consists of Consumers and Carers, as well as membership from the Community, Non-Government Organisations (NGO), the Northern NSW Local Health District Board, and the Mental Health Service.


  • Leon Beveridge
  • Janice Bowen
  • Dianne Collier
  • Leisa Hoffman
  • Alex Poff
  • Susan Howland
  • Andrew Loxton
  • Nicola Mercer
  • Lisa Salter
  • Linda Ward
  • Carole Keast
  • Toby Mancell
  • Dave McLoughlin
  • Barbara Swain

 Local Health District Board Members

  • Debbie Monaghan (Chairperson)
  • David Frazer
  • Leone Crayden

Senior Mental Health Managers

  • Richard Buss
  • Ian McLeish

District Mental Health Program Coordinators

  • Heidi Keevers
  • Mim Weber




Working Parties/Projects

    • Sexual Safety – working party which developed materials and information for those coming to stay at an inpatient unit and their families and carers
    • Peer Worker – working party looking at how to create more peer worker positions within Mental Health Services
    • Byron Bay Hospital – membership of working parties which looked at the design and décor of the proposed mental health unit at the new Byron Bay Hospital site
    • Furnishing in Inpatient Units – looking at how the interior design and décor of inpatient units can create a more nurturing and welcoming environment
    • Our Lives Our Places Photographic Competition see report
    • Mental Health Reform Committees – contributing to the reform of Community and Inpatient Mental Health Services within Northern NSW Local Health District

How You Can Contribute

By telling us about things you would like the Forum to discuss and feedback on this website:

Please contact Dr Mim Weber:

02 6620 2629