Ivan is Aftercare’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Operations and has more than 20 years of experience in mental health in Queensland, where he has occupied senior management and policy positions in the Queensland Government. During this time, he has led and shaped some of the major mental health reforms occurring in Queensland.
Ivan was Director of the Community Mental Health Branch in the Department of Communities where he led the development of a strategic plan for the growth and development of the mental health community sector. During this time he also oversaw the development of a range of innovative community based mental health services with the goal to support those people with mental illness to be able to integrate and live meaningful lives in the community.
With a strong commitment to consumer and carer led and driven services, Ivan believes recovery is possible and people can live meaningful lives with their illness within the community. This is supported by Ivan’s strong passion for growth and development within the community mental health sector.
In addition to his primary training as a social worker, Ivan holds a Masters of Social Welfare, Administration and Planning. Since 2003, Ivan has participated in a number of international study tours comparing mental health systems in Australia to New Zealand, USA, England, Italy, Canada and Holland.
Ivan has recently worked on the development of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, and previously in the multicultural non-government sector and the Commonwealth income maintenance sector.’