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Farewell: Commissioners Professor Ian Hickie AM and Mr Samuel Hockey

Farewell: Commissioners Professor Ian Hickie AM and Mr Samuel Hockey

This week, we said farewell to two of our commissioners – Professor Ian Hickie AM and Mr Samuel Hockey.

Chair of the Commission, Mrs Lucy Brogden thanked Professor Hickie and Mr Hockey for their dedication and commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Australians.

“Professor Hickie was appointed to the National Mental Health Commission when it was established in 2012 and has provided invaluable guidance and advice on our reporting and advisory roles” Mrs Brogden said.

“He was instrumental in establishing the Contributing Life Framework which has become a platform for our ongoing reporting and reform work.”

“Mr Hockey was appointed in 2017, and has made a valuable contribution to the Commission as a young person with a lived experience of mental illness.”

“Mr Hockey will further his work in mental health through his participation in our Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship program.”

"I thank Professor Hickie and Mr Hockey for their important contribution."

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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.