Bridget Hamilton

Director | Centre for Mental Health Nursing

GLC Position - Workforce development (Clinical mental health expertise)

Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton is Director of the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. She leads a team of clinical nurse academics and consumer academics to build up the skills and contribution of mental health nurses in Victoria, for the benefit of people receiving mental healthcare. She is a clinical academic, a registered nurse with 30 year career as a mental health specialist clinician, manager, educator and researcher in public sector services. Her program of translational research in acute, emergency and community mental health settings aims to implement and sustain evidence based interventions, including Safewards and sensory modulation. Together with researchers and higher degree students she contributes scholarship to maximising effective engagement and supported decision making, while building leadership and research capacity among mental health nurses and the consumer workforce. Across her research and teaching roles she highly values partnering with consumers. 


Emma Cadogan

Manager, Lived Experience Policy | Lived Experience Branch
Mental Health and Wellbeing Division

GLC Position - Ex officio member

Emma has been part of the mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workforce team at the Department of Health for 5 years. Emma has social work and training qualifications and extensive experience managing learning and development related programs and projects in the health sector. Prior to working at the department, Emma has held positions with the Prahran Mission, the UK’s National Health Service, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.   

Values Statement: "Being part of work that promotes social inclusion and equity is important to me and I see relationships as the greatest asset we have for learning and creating change. The best part of my job is that every day I get to work alongside compassionate, creative, inspiring people that are dedicated to supporting the people in our community” 


Jo Driscoll

Manager, Workforce Development | Mental Health and AOD Commissioning and System Improvement Division

GLC Position - Department of Health CMHL contract manager

Bio coming soon


Kirsty Rosie

Family Carer Workforce | Monash Health

GLC Position - Lived experience workforce (Family/carer perspective)

I am first and foremost a carer of family members who have and continue to live through complex challenges within their everyday life.  As a carer, I bring this experience, together with the experiences gained within my role as a Family/Carer Consultant at Monash Health Mental Health Program, to provide insight and learnings from this perspective. 

As a long time student, achieving awards including Bachelor of Business (Management & Economics) Honours and a Master’s in Public Policy, I have endeavored to use my life and academic learnings to speak to the current understanding and knowledge in the hope that overtime cultural changes will evolve into greater inclusivity of the consumer and carer voice within the mental health program.  

As a fledgling within this peer workforce sector, I have observed that there is little research regarding this vital workforce and the positive impact embedding such as workforce has within the mental health services.  Therefore, I have worked collaboratively with like-minded colleagues to promote research and co-design projects in the hope that this will in time, be the norm and to further our understanding of the complexities and value of the lived experience workforce. 

In my spare moments, I love to read and with my newly acquired gaming headphones (thanks to the expertise of my gaming sons!) and experiment with lockdown projects such as knitting scarves for everyone in my family, whether they want a scarf or not  :)


Leah McKenner

Director of Consumer Lived Experience | Royal Melbourne Hospital, Mental Health Services

GLC Position - Lived experience workforce (Consumer perspective)

Currently on leave.


Coming soon

General Manager | Royal Melbourne Hospital, Mental Health Services

GLC Position - General Manager Mental Health Services (Chair)

Coming soon ...


Rick Corney

Manager, Lived Experience Workforce | Ballarat Community Health

GLC Position - Lived experience workforce (Consumer perspective)

Rick Corney brings a lived experience of mental illness to his work practice as the Manager, Lived Experience Workforce at Ballarat Community Health. Having previously co-designed a community mental health program at BCH, Rick brings his innovative and creative skills along with his passion to grow the lived experience workforce to the CMHL, with hopes to complement other GLC members in guiding the CMHL as the leader in mental health workforce learning and development in Victoria and beyond. 


Rosemary Charleston

Director | Centre for Mental Health Learning

GLC Position - CMHL Director

Rosie has been a mental health nurse for over 35 years, working in both public and private settings, and has spent the past 18 years in mental health workforce development. Her PhD focused on clinical governance, knowledge and policy translation, communication, and leadership. 

In her role as Director of the CMHL, Rosie provides strategic oversight and direction for all CMHL operations, ensuring that the work of the CMHL is grounded in and informed by sector needs. She believes that embedding lived experience in all aspects of mental health workforce development is key to shaping positive practice culture, she is passionate about supporting the development of others. 

On a personal note, Rosie is a mother of two, nana of one, wife, footy fan, and avid reader of crime fiction  


Sam Brhaspati Stott

Lived experience workforce (Consumer perspective)

Sam Brhaspati Stott (she/her) has lived experience of mental distress and complex trauma and is a member of the LGBTIQA+ community. She has been working from a consumer perspective in mental health education, research, policy, and facilitation roles for over a decade. Sam has worked in public & community-managed services, peak bodies & consulting groups in NSW, Victoria, and nationally. She lives in a log cabin in central Victoria on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.


Shirley Jennings

Senior Psychiatric Nurse | Barwon Health

GLC Position - Workforce development (Clinical mental health expertise)

Bio coming soon 


Stacey Noble

CYMHS Family Carer Consultant | Eastern Health

GLC Position - Lived experience workforce (Family/carer perspective)

Stacey has worked as a Family Carer Consultant/Carer Peer Worker for the last 6 years in both Community Mental Health and Public Mental Health and is currently the Family Carer Consultant at Eastern Health Child and Youth Mental Health Service. Prior to this Stacey worked as a Telephone Counsellor at Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) and as a Primary School Teacher before that. 

In her role as Family Carer Consultant Stacey provides leadership and coordination to enhance the promotion and participation of families to provide a family/carer perspective into service development, contribution to the review and development of policy and practice guidelines. Additionally Stacey provides peer support to families of young people with a mental illness. 

Stacey is the mother of two teenagers, a daughter and a son, and a fur baby as well as a passionate football fan supporting the ‘Mighty Bombers’. Stacey enjoys her daily iced coffee, rain, hail or shine and throws in the occasional hot coffee to warm the bones in winter.