Delivering a Healthy WA
WA Centre for Mental Health Policy Research

Staff

Dr Geoff Smith, Medical Director Theresa Williams, Director

Dr Smith, a Consultant Psychiatrist, has extensive experience both as a clinician and senior executive in the WA health system, including 10 years as Director of Mental Health and 10 years as Chief Medical Adviser in strategic planning and evaluation in the Department of Health in Western Australia.

Dr Smith is currently the Medical Director of the Western Australian Centre for Mental Health Policy Research, which was set up to research key policy and health service issues facing contemporary practice in mental health in Australia. He is Chair of the Board of Practice and Partnerships and a member of the General Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

He has appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Research into Disability and Society, Division of Health Sciences at Curtin University and with the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia.

Theresa Williams, a Clinical Psychologist, is currently the inaugural Director of the Western Australian Centre for Mental Health Policy Research. Theresa has worked as a clinician in both the public and private mental health systems, and the education and disability sectors. She has extensive experience in mental health and general health system policy, planning and service development.

For over 10 years Theresa held senior executive positions in the Western Australian Department of Health, including Director of Strategic Planning and Health System Reform and Director of Strategic Development. At the international level, she was funded by the World Health Organisation to advise the Malaysian Government on their hospital system.

She holds academic appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor both at the Centre for Research into Disability and Society at Curtin University and at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia.

Anita Lumbus, Research Officer

Anita Lumbus has a background in research, policy and project management. She has previously worked in consumer advocacy and policy in the non-government sector, in research and evaluation at Curtin University and for Federal and local government in community development and project management roles. Anita has also undertaken grassroots project and teaching roles in South East Asia.

Anita’s qualifications include a Master of Human Rights Practice, a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability (Social Research and Evaluation), a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Presentation and a Bachelor of Arts degree.