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National Mental Health Commission congratulates Women of Influence

National Mental Health Commission congratulates Women of Influence

The National Mental Health Commission congratulates newly appointed Commissioner Nicole Gibson for being recognised by The Australian Financial Review as one of 2014’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ms Gibson is the Founder and CEO of The Rogue & Rouge Foundation which exists to help reverse the stigmatisation of mental health, body image and self-esteem issues among young people.

She has been recognised alongside a number of other leaders in mental health including Betty Kitchener (Mental Health First Aid Australia), Jaelea Skehan (Hunter Institute of Mental Health), Elizabeth Scarr (CRC for Mental Health) and Prof. Maree Teesson (UNSW), among others.

National Mental Health Commission CEO David Butt said it’s great to see such a strong representation from the mental health sector in the awards.

“Mental health is a critical issue for Australia. Close to one in two of us will experience mental illness during our lifetime, with mental health conditions the third leading cause of burden of disease overall, and the leading burden of disease for women.

“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners, but in particular, those working to help improve our collective mental health and wellbeing. It’s great to see them recognised for their efforts on this important issue," he said.

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards showcases the ­country’s highest-achieving women. The 100 winners have been selected across 10 categories – board/management, innovation, public policy, business entrepreneur, diversity, young leader, ­global, social enterprise or not-for-profit, philanthropy and local/regional.

An overall winner will be announced at an awards night on 22 October. For more information visit

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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.


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.