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31 Mar 2017

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been named the new Chair of mental health organisation beyondblue and will take over the role from former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett in July.

Ms Gillard has been a member of the beyondblue board of directors since 2014.

Mr Kennett, who founded the organisation, said he was leaving with mixed feelings.

“Beyondblue is part of my DNA,” he said.

“I’ll miss it, but I’ll miss it less knowing that in Julia’s hands the organisation will go from strength to strength.”

Ms Gillard said she was “delighted and excited to take over the reins” as beyondblue Chair later this year.

“Jeff Kennett has done an incredible job as beyondblue’s founder and Chair – his advocacy has changed the landscape for mental health in Australia,” she said.

“Thank you to the beyondblue board for your trust in me and your support. I am very excited to lead this important and impactful organisation.”

Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins, said Labor welcomed the appointment.

She also praised Mr Kennett as a “strong advocate” for Australians living with mental illness.

“There is no doubt Ms Gillard will be a champion for people living with mental illness and her appointment as Chair will ensure the mental health of all Australians continues to be a national priority,” Ms Collins said.

Chris Johnson







Published: 31 Mar 2017