Australia Post announces Chief Mental Health Officer

Australia Post has appointed its first Chief Mental Health Officer as the organisation continues to focus on mental health and wellbeing as well as physical safety.

Simon Brown-Greaves has accepted the role.

According to Australia Post, Brown-Greaves is a leader in mental health advocacy, being a qualified psychologist and senior executive with over 35 years of experience.

The new Officer is currently the CEO of FBG Group, a company that supports organisations to take a more evidence-based approach to the sustainable mental health of their workforce.

He has worked with a number of non-profit organisations as well as within government and commercial sectors, such as Beyond Blue, Cbus, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Rural Fire Service (NSW).

Executive General Manager People and Culture, Sue Davies, said the creation of the role and Brown-Greave’s appointment was a natural progression of the company’s work in recent years.

“We’re focused on educating and raising awareness of ways to recognise and minimise mental health issues with training for our people leaders and customer-facing teams to strengthen a culture of collegial care, and we’re excited to have Simon come on board and provide years of experience to help us progress this work even more,” she said.

“The size and scale of our organisation gives us a unique opportunity and a moral obligation to lead in this important area, and armed with Simon’s vast knowledge, we have an opportunity to apply learnings across a large and diverse workforce and understand what will be effective in supporting our people and driving a culture of change when it comes to mental health.”

Australia Post is widely recognised as having one of the leading approaches to mental health, and last year won awards at both Comcare Awards and the National Safety Council Awards for its Early Matched Care at Australia Post (EMCAP) program.

Earlier this year, the national courier appointed a new Group CEO and Managing Director.