About the Council

On 13 March 2014, the then Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, announced the establishment of a new Prime Ministerial Advisory Council with a focus on veteran mental health.

The Council will advise the Prime Minister, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, and the Government on high level strategic and complex matters relating to the mental health of veterans and their families.

Tackling the mental health challenges faced by veterans and their families is a key pillar of the Government’s plan for veterans’ affairs. While mental illness will impact almost half the Australian population over a lifetime, there are particular risks for our former serving men and women who may have been put in harm’s way in the course of their service. 


Council members have expertise in mental health matters and/or represent the Australian Defence Force, the veteran community or industry.

Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health
Position Name
Chair Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSM, RANR
Deputy Chair Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG
Member Mr Michael von Berg MC, OAM
Chairman, The Royal Australian Regiment Association Corporation
Member, Veterans Advisory Council of South Australia
Member Mr Geoffrey Evans
Younger Veterans Advisor, RSL LifeCare
Member Mrs Joy Jenkins
Member Ms Jocelyn Parsons
Member Dr Sheralyn Rose BHSc, BLitt (Hons), PhD
Member Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart AM
Commander Joint Health/Surgeon General ADF
Joint Health Command
Member Mr Ryan Stokes
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Capital Equity
Ex-officio Ms Kate Pope PSM
First Assistant Secretary, Veterans’ Services Design, DVA
Ex-officio Dr Jenny Firman, Chief Health Officer, DVA
Ex-officio Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC
Commissioner, Repatriation Commission

Please note: The third Ex-officio position on the Council is currently in the process of being finalised and as such is to be confirmed.