David is the National CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, a federation of long-standing member organisations delivering specialist services for individuals and families. MIFA members operate out of nearly 150 locations across Australia.
David has worked in a variety of executive positions across much of the human services sector, both in government, in NGOs and as a consultant. Along with time spent working with young offenders, child protection, public housing and aged care, he has been found himself repeatedly drawn back to Australia’s unfinished business of guaranteeing decent services and a better quality of life for people with mental illness. He says of his job; ’It’s about supporting good mental health policies, and doing what we can about the rest’.
After nearly 30 years working in and around the mental health sector, David is excited by the broader perspectives of recent years, driven in part by the influx of workers at all levels with lived experience Recovery-focused services, with whole of family approaches, and strongly peer-influenced in all aspects of their work, are here to stay, and he feels privileged to be part of that action.
Tony Stevenson (commencing December 2016)
‘We are pleased to announce that Tony Stevenson, currently CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queeensland, will be the next National CEO of MIFA, commencing in December. David Meldrum, who has been in the role for seven years, has decided to leave full-time employment, although he says he hopes to make useful contributions in the area of mental health ‘for many years yet’