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At the MHFA, we recognise that those in the helping profession, often neglect their own mental health. Therefore, during National Mental Health Month 2021, we are organising a symposium on the Mental Health of Mental Health Professionals.

Through this symposium, we will be discussing what support/services are available for those who are working in the mental health field, as well as what can be done to better these services and how mental health Issues can be minimised in this industry in the future. We aim to facilitate constructive and open discussion, with those who have lived experience of mental health struggles in the Mental Health Field, Government representatives, Mental Health professionals who work with and support other Mental Health Professionals, Wellness and Holistic Wellbeing Practitioners, organisations lobbying for better mental health in the Industry, to formulate recommendations to be shared with all levels of Government, in order to make a meaningful difference.






Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC   Minister for Mental Health, Aboriginal affairs, Industrial relations

Stephen was born in Dublin and first came to Australia in 1986 on a family holiday. In 1989 he and his family migrated to Australia to escape the struggling economy in Ireland. Stephen studied to be a French and Drama teacher at Edith Cowan University and in 1995 he joined the Labor party at the University orientation day. Stephen was elected to represent the Mining & Pastoral Region at the 2013 state election. He served as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions before being promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services and Child Protection in September 2013. Stephen has been a Chief of Staff to a number of Government Ministers in Western Australia and Victoria and immediately prior to his election to Parliament, he worked as the WA State Manager for Essential Media Communications.




Dr. Nathan Gibson     Chief Psychiatrist WA  

Dr Nathan Gibson is the Chief Psychiatrist of Western Australia. He has a background in adult psychiatry, including inpatient, community and general hospital psychiatry. The Chief Psychiatrist in WA is an independent statutory officer who has powers and duties prescribed by the Mental Health Act 2014. 

Central to those duties is the monitoring of standards of psychiatric care across defined mental health services, both in the public sector and in private psychiatric hospitals. Dr Gibson’s focus has been on reducing restrictive practice, coordinated care and engaging clinical leadership.




Fadil Bahadoor     Mental Health Nurse  

Fadil Bahadoor is a Registered nurse.  He gained his initial nursing qualifications through Curtin University back in 2008 and has worked in several clinical settings of Mental health which include inpatient wards and community care. He has  have provided leadership in delivering services to mental health patients by working with the multi disciplinary teams and provided clinical leadership to clinicians within this team.

His greatest strength is to be my ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships, working collaboratively with clinicians from a wide variety of settings, having a comprehensive understanding of all areas of nursing care and health care delivery.





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