Melbourne Medical School alum appointed Australia's first Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health

Leading Australian psychiatrist Associate Professor Ruth Vine (MBBS 1980, GDipPsychMed 1990, GDipArts(Crim) 1994) was recently appointed Australia’s first Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health at the Commonwealth Department of Health.

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Associate Professor Ruth Vine (MBBS 1980, GDipPsychMed 1990). Photo: Grace Patrou.

Associate Professor Vine has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in clinical and government roles since 1991, including senior roles in Forensic Mental Health for almost a decade. She was employed in the Department of Health and Human Services for 13 years in roles including Deputy Chief Psychiatrist, Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health.

In her new appointment, Associate Professor Vine will provide her extensive expertise to Australia’s mental health response to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Associate Professor Vine will work with states and territories on the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan to ensure that those suffering mental ill health can get help when and where they need it.