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Management Committee Members

The NEVIL Management Committee comprises representatives from the six member area mental health services and consumer and carer consultant representatives.  They are:

Austin Health Rod Mann Vacant
Eastern Health Kim Moreland Sarah Field
Goulburn Valley Health Jenny Wilkinson Vacant
Albury Wodonga Health Maureen Cuskelly Vacant
Forensicare Tess Maguire Vacant
St Vincent's Mental Health Anna Love Jayne Lewis
Consumer Consultants Julie McNamara Evan Bichara
Carer Consultants Robyn Jones Rick Wignell
Allied Health Representative Peter Humby Maria Haydock
Aged Psychiatry Representative Jo Wasley
CAMHS Representative Andrew Chia


Anna Love [top]


Rod Mann [top]

Rod Mann, Senior Psychiatric Nurse, joined Austin Health in 2009.  Rod’s nursing career is across 30 years in Victorian public health services having undertaken a range of clinical, managerial and policy roles. His interests include service redesign, service improvement and quality systems. 

Rod’s current position, in collaboration with the senior management team, has responsibility for the monitoring and effective provision of mental health services, nursing practice standards, strategic management of the nursing workforce, provision of professional development education, supervision and support to psychiatric nurses. 

Rod is a Registered Nurse and holds an Advanced Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, Bachelor in Community Health Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management and a Master of Business Leadership.


Evan Bichara [top]

Evan Bichara’s main position is with the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (VTPU) as a Culturally & Linguistically diverse (CALD) Mental Health Consumer Advocate.  He has a leading role with the CALD Consumer Program throughout Victoria.

His field of expertise goes beyond that, in working for the Multicultural Mental Health of Australia as their prime Mental Health Consumer Spokesperson.  He is on numerous Organisational Managerial Boards (VMIAC & ADEC), as well as on numerous national, state & local advisory & planning committees (The National Multicultural Joint Officer’s Committee, the MI Fellowship (Victoria) CALD Oversight Committee, the RANZCP Psychiatrist’s College Professional Practice Committee & their Community Collaboration Committee, and has being part of the overhaul review process of the RANZCP College infrastructure in 2009).

Jayne Lewis [top]

Jayne Lewis is a registered nurse with over 15years experience in mental health.  Based mainly in adult acute inpatient settings her clinical roles have included clinical nurse consultant and practice development in regional and metropolitan hospitals. 

Over the past five years she has occupied project officer roles in mental health, most recently as Mental Health Act Implementation project officer for St Vincent’s and St George’s Hospitals.  Jayne is currently employed as the manager of the St Vincent’s Service Development Unit.

Jayne has considerable experience in leadership and management roles in mental health and areas of particular interest include service redesign, clinical supervision for nurses and diversity in mental health.  Jayne holds a Masters in Mental Health Nursing and an Advance Diploma in Business Management. 

Jo Wasley [top]

Jo Wasley joined St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, in 2001, and has been in her current position as Psychiatric Nurse Consultant, Aged Mental Health, since February 2010.  Jo thoroughly enjoys her leadership role in education, and brings 30 years of nursing experience to the role, including acute, community, rural, PTSD, aged, management and education.

Group Clinical supervision and introducing a recovery approach to aged care are Jo’s key interests, as well as the provision of contemporary education to the NEVIL Graduate Mental Health Nurses, in collaboration with the NEVIL Educator Group.

RN, (mental health Nursing), Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate of Health Service Management, Masters of Mental Health Sciences – Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy,  Certificate 1V:  Assessment and Workplace Training.


Tessa Maguire [ top]

Tessa Maguire is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). Tessa has work in three different forensic services in New Zealand and Australia. At Forensicare she is responsible for the coordination of the forensic education for registered nurses program, the management of aggression program as well as involvement in practice development.

Tessa’s interests include reducing inpatient aggression, trauma informed care and sensory modulation. She has a Masters in Mental Health Science (forensic Behavioural Science) and is currently a PhD candidate.

Kim Moreland [top]

Kim is currently a Psychiatric Nurse Consultant in the Eastern Health MHP Practice Development Team and holds the portfolios for Clinical Supervision and Risk Assessment & Management.

He is an experienced psychiatric nurse and educator who has completed further training in Gestalt and Creative Arts Therapy. He offers clinical supervision to groups and individuals within Easternhealth and privately. Kim is committed to providing education and supervision in an open, positive and accepting space that draws upon the experiences and strengths of people in their quest to learn. He sees education and supervision as opportunities for collaborative curiosity and values experiential learning. 



Jenny Wilkinson [top]

Jenny Wilkinson joined Goulburn Valley Health in 2008 as the mental health nurse consultant as part of the professional development team. 

Jenny has worked as a mental health nurse for 20 years in a number of areas including aged community mental health, professional development, adult inpatient and aboriginal health.

Jenny collaborates with other staff in development and delivery of graduate nurse programs, ongoing professional development for all mental health staff, promotion of consumer and carer roles, supervision for staff and reducing restrictive interventions in mental health.  She is also a trainer for ASIST, Optimal Health and reducing aggression for GV health.

Rick Wakefield [top]

Information to be provided.

Maureen Cuskelly [top]

Maureen Cuskelly, Senior Mental Health Nurse, Albury Wodonga Health has worked in education at La trobe university, Northeast Health Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga Health for 15 years. Maureen has 40 years’ experience in mental health  which includes aged psychiatry, community nursing, acute inpatient care, management, project management and education.


Maureen’s current role involves working with the mental health leadership team implementing current directions including a recovery approach to care,  improved standards of practice and taking a lead role in a  range of projects targeted at workforce development such as reducing restrictive interventions, Safewards and education programs through NEVIL This work involves development of clinical practice guidelines, training strategies and provision of supervision and consultation to the workforce.

RN, (mental health) Dip. App Sci. (Com Hth Nsg), B. App. Sci. (Management), Masters Hth. Sci., Cert IV Wkplace Assess & Training, Accredited Trainer in Recovery Star (Anicha Consulting)

Julie McNamara [top]

Julie McNamara is a Consumer Consultant with over 12 years experience in mental health.  She is currently working at Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service in Shepparton, Victoria. She has experience in consumer engagement in both the acute inpatient setting and the residential rehabilitation services.  Julie sits on a number of committees where she has input into policies, planning and documentation.  These committees are both on a service level and statewide level.  She is a member of a Consumer & Carer Advisory Council.  Julie also does recruitment panels for new staff who are being interviewed.


Julie has been trained to facilitate Gender Sensitivity and Safety training to staff.  She has also facilitated many training sessions to staff on Recovery focused care. Recently, with the introduction of the new Mental Health Act, Julie was trained in Nominated Persons and Advanced Statements as train the trainer.  Julie is interested in empowering the consumer to participate in their recovery and to support their goals.