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Coordinating Committee for the ACT Child and Youth Mental Health Sector Alliance 

Current Coordinating Committee members

Name Organisation Representative role
Prof Alison Calear Australian National University

Broader sector supporting children, young people and families (academic / research)

Erin Barry Youth Coalition of the ACT

Lead Partner Agency

(Youth Coalition)

Joan Webb

ACT Education Directorate

Broader sector supporting children, young people and families (Government – Education)

Kirsten Stafford

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), CHS

ACT Canberra Health Services (Government – ACT Health)

Lee-Anne Rogers

Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead Partner Agency (OMH&W)
Sam Thomas Youth Reference Group

YRG member

Samantha Gill Marymead CatholicCare

Child / youth mental health programs (community-based)

Shannon Lanza Youth Reference Group

YRG member

Stephanie Lentern Capital Health Network

Lead Partner Agency (CHN)

Vikki Radford

Grand Pacific Health (headspace)

Child / youth mental health programs (community-based)

Yvonne Gritschneder Families ACT

Broader sector supporting children, young people and families (community-based)

The role of the Coordinating Committee is to provide strategic oversight, advice and governance to the Alliance and inform its activities. The Coordinating Committee will provide advice to the lead partners (the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Capital Health Network, and Youth Coalition of the ACT) to support delivery of the Alliance’s activities. This includes informing the detailed processes and protocols for the Alliance, its activities and priorities, and supporting its sustainability and effectiveness. Members were appointed through an EOI process. 

The Coordinating Committee engages in decision-making about Alliance activities, guided by the underpinning principles and an agreed-upon decision-making framework for the Alliance. The initial role of the Coordinating Committee includes overseeing the establishment of longer-term processes and protocols for the Alliance. The lead partners will hold responsibility for the delivery of Alliance activities with the endorsement of the Coordinating Committee.

Activities undertaken by the Coordinating Committee include:

  1. Leading the development / endorsement of the Alliance Terms of Reference and processes;
  2. Providing leadership and administrative support to develop and conduct Alliance activities;
  3. Establishing a decision-making framework for the Alliance;
  4. Overseeing the Alliance governance workplan;
  5. Identifying, prioritising and shortlisting focus areas for the consideration of the Alliance membership;
  6. Identifying opportunities and risks for the Alliance;
  7. Briefing the ACT Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Executive Committee and other relevant agencies on Alliance activities and progress.


The Coordinating Committee’s Terms of Reference provide more detail on its operations. 

Meeting Minutes

5 July 2023
20 September 2023
14 February 2024 – will be available following endorsement by Committee at next meeting