Hamza Vayani

Hamza currently holds several appointments in a range health and mental health related roles from a lived experience carer and health consumer informed policy making and advocacy perspective.

Current pieces of work Hamza is engaged with leading includes the role State-wide Consumer Coordinator for the Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health, strategic lead for the World Wellness Group Multicultural Connect Line, a community reference group member for AHPRA, member of the Royal Australian College of Physicians Consumer Advisory Group and the Royal Australian General Practitioners Shaping a Healthy Australia Working Group and tutor with the University of Queensland focused on public policy development. 

Prior to these roles Hamza was an inaugural member of the Health Consumers Queensland Collaborative, an advisory council member of the Queensland Mental Health Commission and board member for Brisbane South Primary Health Network.  He also led and facilitated establishing a national network of consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across Australia, publication of a spotlight report at the request of the Australian government National Mental Health Commission that unequivocally exposed the lack of data collection and analysis about access, experience and outcomes to mental health and suicide prevention programmes effectively engaging people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and development of the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia as Executive Officer for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia.

Hamza is not afraid of asking the difficult questions when it comes to reducing stigma, marginalisation and discrimination impacting on physical and mental health wellbeing outcomes. He is known for bold and big picture thinking and believes public policy should be informed by the lived experience of the communities we serve in a way that is inclusive, evidence based and without fear or favour. 

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