New Chair of Mental Health First Aid Australia International | Mental Health First Aid
26/07/2021
Krystian Seibert, Chair, MHFA Board

New Chair of Mental Health First Aid Australia International

Mental Health First Aid Australia International (MHFAI) is pleased to announce that Krystian Seibert has commenced as new Chair of Board for MHFAI. He takes over the position from Professor Tony Jorm who has been Chair since 2011. Krystian has been a member of the Board since 2014 and Deputy Chair since 2017.

Krystian is an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, where he is a researcher, educator and advocate focused on public policy, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector. He also serves as an adviser to Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for Australia’s philanthropic sector, and previously worked for a former Assistant Treasurer in the Australian Government, during which time he was responsible for the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms including the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

In handing over the role as Chair, Tony Jorm, said “I am delighted that Krystian has agreed to take on this role. He has been very generous with the time and expertise he has given to the organisation and is an excellent leader.

“Over the past 6 months, he and I have been working closely together on the transition, which has progressed very smoothly”.

Professor Jorm will stay on as a member of the Board.

Krystian Seibert, said “I am passionate about the important role that mental health first aid training plays in Australia and around the world, by providing high quality, evidence-based, and accessible mental health first aid education that is strongly shaped by people with lived experience.

“I am honoured to take on this role and look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, our CEO Shannon Anderson, and the MHFAI team and partners in my new role.

“I also wish to pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of Professor Jorm and Ms Betty Kitchener AM.

“Since they first devised the concept of mental health first aid training in 2001, they and their colleagues and partners here and overseas have built it into a program that is delivering practical and tangible impact in 24 countries around the world – with over 900,000 people trained in Australia and 4 million people globally,” Krystian Seibert said.

A detailed biography of Krystian Seibert is available here on the website.