MHPN extends its condolences to the family and friends of inaugural MHPN Chair, John McGrath AM.

It with sadness that I inform you of the passing of John McGrath AM at the age of 81. 

John was the inaugural MHPN Chair and a colleague and friend to many across Australia. Leadership, empathy and advocacy characterized his long quest to help improve the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as the lives of their carers.

MHPN was fortunate to be a part of the many influential contributions John made across the mental health sector that included Board roles with Beyond Blue, Headspace and the Mental Health Council Australia, the forerunner to Mental Health Australia.

John’s greatest strength was that he never lost sight of the individual in all that he championed.

We at MHPN mourn his passing and send our condolences to his family and friends.

Chris Gibbs

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