Vale Tina Smith

MHCC learnt the very sad news earlier this week that our friend and former colleague Tina Smith passed away after a stroke. Tina was a passionate advocate for the community mental health sector and worked for nearly thirty years here and in the US to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions.

Thirteen of those years were spent at MHCC where Tina made an enormous contribution to mental health policy and practice reform. Her commitment to building the capacity of the workforce through knowledge and training had a major impact on the delivery of mental health services.

Tina was a great strategic thinker and grasped earlier than most the importance of the NDIS to people with a psychosocial disability. She was heavily involved in the NSW pilot site in her local Newcastle region and spent many years advocating for changes so the NDIS would work more effectively for people with a lived experience. Tina was always willing to ask the hard questions – we will miss Tina’s intellect, tenacity and passion.

Our thoughts and deep sympathy are with Tina’s family at this difficult time.

Vale Tina Smith.