In Health

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Graham Jacobs

Government Announces State’s First-Ever Mental Health Commissioner

Victor P Taffa

Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today welcomed the announcement of Mr. Eddie Bartnik as Western Australia’s first-ever Mental Health Commissioner.

This year, the Liberal-National Government has delivered the first-ever Mental Health Commission to drive reform and we have the first ever ring-fenced budget of more than $506 Million for Mental Health.” Dr. Jacobs said.

“Today’s appointment of the first-ever Mental Health Commissioner in Australia magnifies the priority this Government places on Mental Health.” Dr. Jacobs said.

Mr. Bartnik is experienced in senior management across various agencies in WA’s public service, including leadership roles in policy, funding and State-wide service delivery with the Disability Services Commission.



Mr. Bartnik has been Acting Director General of the Department for Communities since last September.

Mr. Bartnik has worked extensively in the human services sector with particular emphasis in the disability and community services area and with relevant experience in mental health.

Mr. Bartnik brings experience in changing disability service systems to make them more responsive to individual needs and has had a key leadership role in the development and implementation of the Local Area Coordination approach to personalised support and individualised funding for people with a disability and their families in WA, and its subsequent implementation nationally and overseas.

Mr. Bartnik holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology; Master of Educational Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology).  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a fellow of the Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability; and an associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

The new Mental Health Commissioner should begin his new role in mid-August.


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