Dr. Gerry Naughtin B.A., B.S.W. (Hons), PhD.
Chief Executive, Mind Australia
Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive of Mind Australia has an extensive background in human service management. He has worked in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors over the last 30 years with a focus on developing innovative, responsive and flexible human services.
After many years in senior management roles in human services, Gerry completed a PhD on elder abuse and was appointed Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University focusing on retirement and ageing. This position provided him with the opportunity to research, think and write on retirement, ageing and family support for older people. However, Gerry found that his real interests were in implementing human service innovation and he was appointed Chief Executive of Mind Australia in 2009. In this role, he leads the senior executive team in their management of one of the largest mental health NGOs in Australia. Mind delivers a diverse range of services for people with mental health issues and their families. The organisation supported over 9,000 people towards better mental health in 2015. The organisation is developing new and innovative approaches to the delivery of evidence-based mental health services which achieve positive social outcomes.
Gerry is a member of the Independent Advisory Council for the National Disability Insurance Agency and participates in a range of industry forums.