Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Policy, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University. Associate, Menzies School of Health Policy
From 2005 to the end of 2009 Sebastian was Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) and engaged in a range of mental health research and advocacy projects including in relation to employment, housing, innovative services and accountability. Prior to working with MHCA, Sebastian had 16 year's experience in a variety of roles with Commonwealth and ACT Health Departments, including in health policy, casemix and managing parliamentary business.
Since 2008, Sebastian has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on mental health and accountability and the development of a National Mental Health Report Card.
In 2011, Sebastian worked as expert facilitator to the NSW Taskforce to Establish a Mental Health Commission. Draft legislation to enact the Commission was introduced to the NSW Parliament in November 2011. Sebastian convened the first joint meetings of Australian mental health commissions, including representatives of NSW, the National Commission, WA, plus Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and commissions from Canada, NZ, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Sebastian is currently working as part of the Project Team to assist the NSW Mental Health Commission develop its new Strategic Plan.
Sebastian conducted a series of community consultations around suicide prevention and mental health promotion with a final report and recommendations presented to the NSW Suicide Prevention Advisory Council in August 2012.
Sebastian also conducted a series of community meetings in relation to the review of the NSW Mental Health Act, working with an expert panel which included the NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley. A final report on these consultations was presented to NSW Health in January 2013.
Sebastian has published in a wide variety of fields, including in relation to the role and scope of mental health commissions.