Fred has been a carer/supporter for over 21 years, a volunteer facilitator for the Well Ways carer education package (MIF Vic) and the chairperson of Wodonga Regional Mental Health Service’s Consumer and Carer Council for five years.
Fred holds a diploma in community welfare work and Cert IV TAA and is currently undertaking a Cert IV in mental health peer work. Fred currently sits on the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority MH working group and Murray PHN NE Vic Community Advisory Group.
He was a family/carer support worker with Albury Mental Health for six years, a trainer with Mental Health Coordinating Council, as well as speaking at various conferences and forums regarding carer issues and roles.
Fred has a history of advocating for carers to become members of MHCA Consumer and Carer Register in 2008. Fred has also sat on a number of national committees, including the NHMRC guidelines development committee for Borderline Personality Disorder, 4th National MH Plan, COPMI Lived Experience Forum.
He believes a carers role should be supported and respected as an integral part of the care team.