Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney Resigns After 5 Years’ Service

Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney Resigns After 5 Years’ Service

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook

Mental Health Commissioner To Stand Down

Victor P Taffa

  • Mental Health Commissioner steps down after 5 years in the role
  • Timothy Marney leaves a legacy of improved services and enhanced outcomes for mental health consumers in Western Australia

Western Australia’s Mental Health Commissioner, Timothy Marney has resigned from his role after 5 years leading the Mental Health Commission.

“I would like to acknowledge Timothy Marney for his professionalism and dedication to his role as Mental Health Commissioner. In my time as Minister for Mental Health, I have relied upon and valued Mr Marney’s advice on many occasions.” Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook said.

“I would like to thank Mr. Marney for his tireless work in mental health over the past 5 years, it is a relentless and difficult role and he achieved many great outcomes. I wish him all the best in his future career.”

During his time as Commissioner, Mr. Marney has been instrumental in significantly improving the way the State Government delivers mental health services across the State. Mr. Marney has decided to leave his position to achieve a better balance between work and life.

One of Mr. Marney’s many accomplishments are the development of the 10-year plan for Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services; this is the roadmap for service development in Western Australia. He has also built the Mental Health Commission as an organisation, equipped with the right people and relationships to successfully implement the 10-year plan.

Last 5 years has seen a period of expansion in demand for mental health services. During this time, Mr. Marney has managed a 25 % increase in State funding to deliver a range of new and advanced services that have improved outcomes for mental health consumers.

Other notable achievements include establishing community step up/step down mental health services in Rockingham and Albany, with 4 more of these residential centres on track in:

  • Bunbury,
  • Geraldton,
  • Kalgoorlie,
  • Karratha.

In collaboration with the Western Australia Police Force, Mr. Marney also developed the award-winning Police Mental Health Co-Response teams.