O'Riordan, Tricia 2023 07 18

Tricia O’Riordan

Tricia is a registered nurse (non –practicing), having completed her training in Our Lady’s Hospital, Cork Ireland in 1979.

Since coming to Australia in 1988 Tricia has worked in a diverse range of roles in metropolitan, rural and regional centres, as a clinician in mental health settings, and in Sexual Assault Services. Her career in public health spans 22 years and throughout this time she has held onto her passion to improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Tricia is currently the Director Clinical Services and Programs, in the Mental Health Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health and in that role she has overseen the development of the NSW Physical Health Care for People Living with Mental Health Issues.

Her other areas of interest include service improvement, quality, and governance, and she played a significant role in the Implementation of the NSW Health Strategic Framework and Workforce Plan for Mental Health 2018-2022. She is the sitting member of the national Mental Health Workforce Advisory Group.

Tricia’s goals in mental health service leadership include continuing work towards inclusion of consumers and carers at all levels of service delivery and planning, ensuring the transition to recovery-oriented care, improvement in service quality and safety through robust and transparent governance, and improving the physical outcomes for mental health consumers through primary/ integrated care engagement.