Professor John Mendoza

John Mendoza

Director, ConNectica | Adj Professor, University of Sunshine Coast, Sydney University 

John has played a lead role over past 10 years in the political strategies to engage all Australian governments to commit to the reform of mental health services. His efforts contributed to the 2006 $5.5billion COAG National Action Plan and $2.2b 2011 plan of the Gillard Government. He has authored more than 20 major reports on mental health and suicide prevention including Obsessive Hope Disorder Report (2013) and the Not For Service Report (2005).

In 2002, John was awarded the Queensland University of Technology, Vice- Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Innovation and Excellence. He was also awarded the Faculty of Health’s 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award. In 2010 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award for his contribution to suicide prevention.

John is presently:

  • Director, ConNetica
  • Director of Lifeboat – the suicide prevention initiative
  • Director of Mindstar – online meant health and wellbeing
  • Adjunct Professor, Health and Sport Science, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mental Health Policy Unit, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney
  • Foundation Board Member of the Qld Mind and Neuroscience Institute.

Among other appointments, he has been:

  • Inaugural Chair, National Advisory Council on Mental Health, to the Federal Health Minister. (He resigned this appointment in June 2010 due to the failure of the Rudd Government to act on mental health reform)
  • An inaugural director of the Young and Well CRC
  • Deputy Chair, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia and

Inaugural chairperson headspace Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.