Amelia has a dual national and local role, and is jointly responsible with Professor Andrew Chanen for the strategic development and implementation of Orygen’s local clinical service model. As members of the Orygen executive team they lead delivery to the strategic direction and goals for the organisation in terms of innovative, evidence-based service models and systems of care. Partnering with, and strengthening, youth and family participation is a key priority for the design development and implementation of this work.
Amelia has worked in the health sector for over twenty years, and has experience working in both alcohol and other drugs and mental health services. Amelia has held national, state and territory management roles, including establishing and implementing integrated service centres such as headspace centres, headspace Youth Early Psychosis (hYEPP) service, intensive child safety residential program, individual placement support program, adult integrated services, and a child and family based early intervention pilot program.
With a background working in both government and community based NGO mental health services, she is a passionate advocate for early intervention services aimed at reducing the long term impact of mental illness on children, young people and families.