Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The National Advisory Committee provides quality, independent, consultation based advice to the Minister on the strategic directions and operations of Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling (Open Arms). Open Arms is a national mental health service that provides 24-hour free and confidential counselling, group programs and suicide prevention training for current and ex-serving ADF personnel, and their families.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Cabinet

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    11

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

  • Postal Address

    Gnabra Building, 21 Genge Street
    Civic ACT 2601
    Australia

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Member Professor David Forbes 1 January 2010 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. Paul Way PSM 15 September 2015 Determined by the appointer
Member WOFF-AF Fiona Grasby 6 November 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. Donald Spinks AM 4 February 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Associate Professor Dr. Brad Murphy 5 February 2020 4 February 2023
Member Mr. Adrian Sutter 5 February 2020 4 February 2023
Member Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey AM CSC RAN 15 January 2020 Determined by the appointer
Member Ms. Gwen Cherne 12 October 2020 Determined by the appointer
Member WO-N Deb Butterworth OAM, CSM 22 November 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member WO1 Kim Felmingham NSC OAM 1 July 2022 Determined by the appointer
Member Ms. Leonie Nowland 4 July 2022 Determined by the appointer
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