Business-led, expert-guided.

About us

We are a business-led, expert-guided member organisation dedicated to providing mentally healthy workplaces for all people.

Why? Because as a community, we know that we can do better, and that doing better begins with business leaders prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of their people in ways that they experience every day. We also believe that when businesses pool their resources, share openly, and work collaboratively towards a common goal, better, more sustainable mental health outcomes will be achieved for more people, sooner.

We as business leaders could, and should, come together to help normalise this conversation so that we talk about mental health just as regularly and normally as we talk about physical health.

Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, and Chair, Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia

Our origins

The Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia is part of a growing global movement for better workplace mental health, which began in the UK almost a decade ago with the establishment of the City Mental Health Alliance UK (CMHA UK).

A number of Australian business leaders had felt for some time that more could be done by corporate Australia to support mental health in the workplace, and decided to act on that view. They had heard of the great work of CMHA UK led by Poppy Jaman OBE, and were particularly interested in the organisation’s business-led, expert-guided approach to addressing this growing challenge.

The group reached out to other business leaders to determine their interest in forming a similar alliance in Australia. Some of the country’s largest employers were immediately drawn to the idea, and in early 2020 the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia was formally established with seed funding provided by its 15 founding members and participants.

Many of the organisations involved in the Alliance are direct competitors, yet on their commitment to workplace mental health, they are as one. They recognise that the mental wellbeing of their employees transcends market dynamics, and that working together collaboratively will give them the best chance of delivering real impact for their people.

Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia Strategy Day facilitated by PwC's Impact Assembly, January 2020.
Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia Strategy Day facilitated by PwC's Impact Assembly, January 2020.

Our board

We are governed by a Board comprised of leaders from within our founding member organisations. The Board is supported at an operational level through a working group comprising representatives from each member organisation.

Program leadership

Our program director works hand-in-hand with members to support their involvement with the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia at a strategic level, and in the day-to-day delivery of our initiatives.
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Vicki Forbes

Program Director, Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia

Our advisors

We are privileged to have leading thinkers in mental health advising us. These experts are recognised for their contribution to the alliance at an individual level rather than through their affiliation with any one organisation.

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Our principles

Place people first
We recognise mental health as essential to our people’s ability to thrive in the workplace and beyond.

Walk our talk
We practice what we preach within the organisations that we lead, and we share our learnings along the way.

Tread carefully
We acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, and we take our time to do things well.

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