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Rabbi Mendel Kastel OAM

Commissioner

Rabbi Mendel Kastel OAM

Rabbi Mendel Kastel brings extensive experience in community welfare work and is highly respected for his achievements in dealing with problems amongst the city’s youth. He has worked with people with disability, made frequent hospital and prison visits, helped those suffering from addictions and offered counseling services for the bereaved. His skill, knowledge and interest spans across the broad spectrum of mental health including trauma, homelessness, youth, suicide prevention, economics, social investment and innovation.

Rabbi Kastel has a long standing interest in the welfare of younger members of the community. His work within various communities across the world has taken him far beyond his initial role of only working with youth including experience working with hospices.

Rabbi Kastel has experienced first-hand the problems of dealing with entire communities, understanding the importance of establishing and making available life-changing programs for those living in the community.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.

Diversity

The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.