McKinnon Prize 2023 Selection Panel

Georgie Harman

Georgie Harman is one of Australia’s most influential and trusted figures in the mental health sector.

As the CEO of Beyond Blue, she believes passionately in doing better for people and communities affected by mental health issues and suicide. Like for most of us, it’s personal.

Georgie has steered Beyond Blue through significant change – expanding its services and supports, strengthening advocacy and community connection, and harnessing digital innovation.

She is Deputy Chair of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs and serves on the Boards of Mental Health Australia and mentoring organisation, Kilfinan Australia. She is a Patron of Out for Australia and was an inaugural Board member of the Victorian Pride Centre, the first purpose-built place for Australia’s LGBTIQ+ communities.

In a previous life, Georgie helped set up the National Mental Health Commission, where she was Deputy CEO, providing independent advice to government on reform and system performance.  From 2006-2012, she was a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health, with responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, AOD, tobacco control, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs.

She started her career working in the HIV/AIDS sector in London before moving to Australia in 1999 when she was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney.

Georgie lives in Melbourne with her family, including a collection of loveable pets.