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headspace announces new First Nations Director and Board Member Appointment

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headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation has appointed Wiradjuri descendant Donna Burns as First Nations Director and Board Member.

Burns brings to headspace more than twenty-five years of experience in the healthcare sector, with a strong focus on organisational change management.

Her previous roles include Deputy CEO with The Healing Foundation, and Organisational Change Management Specialist and Director at Optimism Consultancy Group. She was recently announced as CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association as well.

“I am excited to join a Board of distinguished mental health advocates and offer guidance and support in leading youth mental health care,” said Burns.

She highlighted that she is committed to health equity for First Nations Peoples and strongly believes that everyone has an opportunity and responsibility to support healing, closing the gap and ensuring better life outcomes for First Nations People.

“We are delighted Donna has joined as First Nations Director and Board Member,” said Board Chair of headspace Ben Shields.

Related: Government brings Headspace grants to $208 million in 3 months

“The experience Donna brings is extensive, reflecting our commitment to having deep knowledge of health care systems on the Board. She is an enormous asset.”

Burns’ appointment begins in November 2022 and follows the departure of Katina Law, who has served as a Board Member since August 2016.

We encourage any young person, family, or friends in need of support to visit their local headspace centre. Support is also available via phone and online counselling service headspace seven days a week between 9 am–1 am (AEST).

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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