His Honour Michael Strong has announced his retirement as Chair of the Board of Phoenix Australia. Mr Strong was appointed Chair in December 2013 and has overseen significant change and growth in the organisation.
During the past five years, the largest single project Phoenix Australia has undertaken came to fruition – The Centenary of Anzac Centre is dedicated to improving the mental health of veterans by providing support to the practitioners and organisations who work with them, and through innovative treatment research.
A research clinic has been established at the Royal Park Campus of the Royal Melbourne Hospital which is enabling the growth of our research program into treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and other posttraumatic mental health issues.
There has been considerable diversification of our client base during this time, particularly in the emergency services sector, and also in sectors such as migrants and refugees, insurance, and transport.
Staffing numbers have doubled, and collaborations with international experts particularly in disaster mental health and military mental health are a highlight of the last three years.
“It has been an honour to chair such a worthy and professional organisation. The quality of the important and innovative work that our Director, David Forbes, and his team engage in is inspiring. This work makes a real difference to people who are at risk of experiencing trauma in the course of their work, and those who have experienced a traumatic event”.His Honour Michael Strong
Director of Phoenix Australia, Professor David Forbes thanked Mr Strong for his “wise guidance and constant support provided to me, to the Board, and to the organisation over the past five years. Phoenix Australia’s increasing impact on improving outcomes for the current and ex-serving Defence community, and the broader community, is due in large part to his leadership.
A new appointment has been made and will be announced next week.
Mr Strong will leave the organisation at the end of March.