With a strong commitment to raising awareness of BPD, Dr Peggy Brown AO, former CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, was recently appointed as a Patron of the Australian BPD Foundation.
Dr Brown is a consultant psychiatrist who has held clinical and administrative positions in psychiatry in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and in the United Kingdom. She has also previously held the roles of Director-General of ACT Health and CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. Currently, she works part-time at Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Service in Brisbane and serves as a Senior Clinical Advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on a project relating to digital mental health services.
Peggy is also a Member of the Agency Management Committee of AHPRA (the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency) and a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Senior Clinical Advisor for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and former CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.
Peggy was recently interviewed and featured in an article in the BPD Advocate.
In the article she was asked-
What made you interested in being the Patron of the Australian BPD Foundation?
I’ve never been a Patron before and never really expected to be one! But when I was asked to take on the role, I was pleased to do so, as I felt it was an opportunity to continue the work I was doing at the National Mental Health Commission in raising awareness about prevalence and impact of BPD, and the current lack of adequate services.
What do you hope to focus on during your patronage?
I’d like to continue to champion the need for improved services for people with BPD and to tackle the stigma that surrounds it. If we can do something about both of those, we will make a difference to people’s lives and potentially reduce the rate of suicide by people with BPD.
Please click here to read the full article.
Associate Professor Beatson is a Clinical Associate Professor (honorary) in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and Senior Clinical Advisor at Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria.
Since Spectrum’s beginnings in 1999, Associate Professor Beatson’s work there has aimed to improve clinical understandings, access to treatment and treatment effectiveness for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in Victoria and Australia-wide.
Associate Professor Beatson shows enormous dedication and commitment as a clinician, researcher, teacher and advocate for better treatment options, and has contributed substantially to changing negative community and professional attitudes towards people living with BPD.