Ruth Vine

Dr Ruth Vine is Australia’s first Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health. Ruth provides policy advice on critical mental health issues impacting the Australian community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and champions Commonwealth policy development to better integrate the Australian mental health system.

Ruth is a consultant psychiatrist and has more than 25 years’ experience. Ruth has worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and has held positions of Deputy Chief Psychiatrist, Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health. She has chaired the AHMAC National Mental Health Standing Committee, the National Mental Health Workforce Committee, and National Safety and Quality Committee.

Previously, Ruth was the Executive Director of NorthWestern Mental Health.

Ruth is a member of the Board of Forensicare, the Board of Mind, and the Medical Practitioners Board (Victoria).

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Medicine from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Title: A New Vehicle For Reform And The Road Ahead


Following a number of key mental health reports and inquiries, a new National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement has been agreed and will be a vehicle for reform that will listen to and engage with those who have lived experience of mental ill health; and will consider the broader remit of mental health and well-being, not just mental illness. This talk will consider our progress so far and will expand on the priority areas highlighted in the National Agreement. This includes the importance of integration of services providing assessment, treatment and support for physical and mental health, and drug and alcohol misuse.