headspace announces Donna Burns as First Nations Director and Board Member

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation has appointed Wiradjuri descendant Donna Burns as First Nations Director and Board Member.

Ms Burns brings to headspace more than twenty-five years’ experience in the healthcare sector, with a strong focus on organisational change management. Her previous roles include Deputy CEO with The Healing Foundation, and Organisational Change Management Specialist and Director at Optimism Consultancy Group. She was recently announced as CEO of Australian Indigenous Doctors Association as well.

Ms Burns is also a Non-Executive Board Director for Q-bital Healthcare Solutions, and previously Non-Executive Board Director for Huntington’s Queensland.

“I am excited to join a Board of distinguished mental health advocates and offer guidance and support in leading youth mental health care,” Ms Burns said.

“I am committed to health equity for First Nations Peoples and strongly believe everyone has an opportunity and responsibility to support healing, closing the gap and ensuring better life outcomes for First Nations People.”

Board Chair of headspace Ben Shields said: “We are delighted Donna has joined as First Nations Director and Board Member.

“The experience Donna brings is extensive, reflecting our commitment to having deep knowledge of health care systems on the Board. She is an enormous asset.”

Ms Burns’ appointment begins in November 2022 and follows the departure of Katina Law, who has served as Board Member since August 2016.

“We would also like to thank Katina for her dedication over the past six years on our Board and her passion for improving the lives of First Nations Peoples,” Mr Shields said.

“Katina has been an invaluable member of our senior leadership, helping to drive initiatives for First Nations young people. She has been a champion of mental wellbeing for young people in regional and rural Australia.

“We wish Katina all the best in her future ventures and offer our heartfelt gratitude for her time with us.”

We encourage any young person, family, or friends in need of support to visit their local headspace centre. Support is also available via phone and online counselling service eheadspace seven days a week between 9am–1am (AEST). The number is 1800 650 890.

If you’re looking for someone to talk to immediately, Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) are available to talk 24/7.

To learn more visit headspace.com.au.