Dr Russell Roberts is a Professor at CSU in Management. He lives in Orange, NSW and is Director of Kumano Consulting Pty Ltd. He is the Chair of the National Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health. He has served as Director of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services for Western NSW, encompassing an area of over 550,000 square kms with over 1000 staff.
Dr Roberts has also served on the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, as Director of Clinical Training at Griffith University, QLD, Head of School Health at Flinders University and as a Clinical Psychologist in rural South Australia. He has a Masters in Public Administration, a PhD in research and a Masters of Clinical Psychology. His current research interests are in rural models of health service delivery and primary mental health care.
Over the last 5 years he has led the commissioning of a $43 million mental health capital development program including the workforce planning, recruitment and training of over 200 health staff in rural NSW. He has also lead the development of a number of innovative, award winning service delivery initiatives such as the Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, the Mental Health Rural Outreach Service, Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Project and the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program.