M Clin Psych (Flinders Uni), M Exec Public Admin (U Syd), PhD (Griffith Uni)
Russell Roberts is Professor of Management and Leadership at Charles Sturt University with a focus on mental health. He is National Director of Equally Well Australia (tasked to oversee the national implementation actions of the National Consensus Statement to improve the physical health of people living with mental illness) and Scientific Chair of the Equally Well Symposium. He is Chair of the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, a Chief Investigator on the Rural Universities Network mental health research collaborative, on the board of the ANZ Mental Health Association and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Sydney. He has previously served as Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health, on the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, and as Chair of the Workplace Mental Health Symposium.
Russell has extensive experience as a:
He has led the development of several innovative programs such as the development of $43 mill of mental health capital works and recruitment of 445 staff in rural NSW, Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, the Mental Health Rural Outreach Service, and the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program. He also led the Global Call for Vaccine Equity for people living with mental illness.
Russell has received state, national and international awards in E-mental health, youth mental health and Aboriginal workforce development. He has over two decades of experience in developing, implementing, and consolidating new and innovative health services across a range of complex service environments. With a unique career profile as clinician, researcher and executive director, he is referenced as one of the 50 most influential rural Australians.