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Experienced bureaucrat heads Mental Health Commission

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Former head of the Australian General Practice Network David Butt has been appointed to take over the National Mental Health Commission.

According to Australian Doctor, Mr Butt, who was AGPN Chief Executive Officer for three years before becoming a deputy secretary in the Department of Health, has been appointed as temporary CEO of the Commission during an important time for the organisation.

The Abbott Government has directed the Commission to review all mental health programs funded by the public, non-government and private sectors.

Mr Butt drew attention little more than 12 months ago when he appeared to back suggestions for patients to be voluntarily enrolled with medical practices – and idea associated with concept of a “medical home” for all patients.

The senior bureaucrat is expected to return to his role in the Health Department once a permanent CEO is appointed to the Mental Health Commission.

Adrian Rollins