It is with great sadness that all of us at ConNetica wish to acknowledge the passing of our friend and colleague and National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe.
Jackie was a generous and beautiful person who always believed there were others less fortunate, who needed her support and advocacy.
She was a champion for the voice of the lived experience to guide policy and service design through her tireless leadership and advocacy. Jackie touched the lives of tens of thousands of people across Australia. Her direct and “tell it as it is” approach sometimes shocked and surprised but always made a real impact.
Jackie played a pivotal role in the seminal review of mental health programs in 2014 from the National Mental Health Commission. That report has laid down a clear path for mental health reform and she continued to push for the full implementation of the Report’s key recommendations, even when her own health required she slow up.
We have been very privileged to know and work with Jackie specifically in relation to suicide prevention policy and strategy and the community engagement supporting the Head to Health digital platform.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with her husband, Gary, her two children and her family.