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In his Address to the National Press Club, Professor Allan Fels will launch a statement by over 50 mental health and other institutions about the poor physical health of persons with mental illness and the alarming life expectancy of persons with severe mental illness. Fels will discuss mental health and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) along with other mental health issues.
Professor Allan Fels was inaugural Dean from July 2003 until January 2013 of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), an institution established by the governments of Australia, New Zealand, the states and territories and 16 leading universities that educate and train senior public sector leaders.
He also is Chairman of the Haven Foundation, which seeks to provide accommodation and support for the long-term mentally ill.
Professor Fels was Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 1995 to 2003 and before that Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission and Chairman of the Prices Surveillance Authority.
In 2008-2009 he was a member of the Australian Government Disability Investment Group which first proposed the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
In the field of mental health Professor Fels serves or has served on a number of government advisory boards. He also is patron of many mental health networks. He was a member of the Bayside Health Board for a number of years. Professor Fels is a long-term advocate of mental health policy reform and a carer for his daughter.