Mr Sebastian Rosenberg

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Policy
Brain & Mind Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences

Telephone +61 2 6273 0284
Fax +61 2 6161 7229

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Biographical details

I was a public servant for 16 years, working in health in both state and federal governments. I was then Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia from 2005-2009, assisting in the publication of the seminal Not for Service report (2005) as well as other reports. I am Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney. I also work as a consultant and am on the board of Social Firms Australia. From 2009-2012 I was a member of the NHMRC's Prevention and Community Health Committee. I am also a member of the Sydney University's Health Policy Network and the Health and Work Research Network.

Research interests

My research interest is health policy, particularly in relation to mental health and accountability. Essentially, this concerns trying to understand whether Australia's mental health system is actually helping people get better. This means understanding services, programs and defining an appropriate set of meaningful criteria against which to assess national progress.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2013). Making activity-based funding work for mental health. Australian Health Review, 37(3), 277-280. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Rosen, A. (2012). Can mental health commissions really drive reform? Towards better resourcing, services, accountability and stakeholder engagement. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(3), 193-198. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Rosen, A. (2012). It's raining mental health commissions: prospects and pitfalls in driving mental health reform. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(2), 85-90. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S. (2012). New governance, new hope: findings and results of the taskforce to establish a Mental Health Commission for NSW. Mental Health Review Journal, 17(4), 248-259. [More Information]
  • Hickie, I., Rosenberg, S., Davenport, T. (2012). Not letting the ideal be the enemy of the good: The case of the Better Access evaluation - Reply. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(6), 581-582. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Mendoza, J., Russell, L. (2012). Well meant or well spent? Accountability for $8 billion of mental health reform. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(3), 159-161. [More Information]
  • Hickie, I., Rosenberg, S., Davenport, T. (2011). Australia's Better Access initiative: still awaiting serious evaluation? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(10), 814-823. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S. (2011). True north? Twenty Years of Australian Mental Health Reform. International Journal of Mental Health, 40(2), 8-24. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2011). Were the budgetary reforms to the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative appropriate. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(11), 595-595. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Mendoza, J. (2010). Community-managed mental health services the case for investment. New Paradigm, , 1-10.
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2010). How to tackle a giant: Creating a genuine evaluation of the Better Access Program. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(6), 496-502. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I., Mendoza, J. (2009). National mental health reform: less talk, more action. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(4), 193-195. [More Information]

Original Creative Work

  • Raffaele, C., Feilds, K., Moensted, M., Glozier, N., Buchanan, J., Rosenberg, S., Young, S. (2013). Literature Review: Supporting young people with a mental illness in their transition from education into the workplace. National Mental Health Commission, 2013: A Contributing Life, the 2013 National Report Card on Menta, (pp. 1 - 96). Sydney, Australia: Business School, University of Sydney.

2013

  • Buchanan, J., Glozier, N., Rosenberg, S., Raffaele, C., Moensted, M., Fields, K., Young, S. (2013), A Contributing Life: The 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. , , , 1-104.
  • Raffaele, C., Feilds, K., Moensted, M., Glozier, N., Buchanan, J., Rosenberg, S., Young, S. (2013). Literature Review: Supporting young people with a mental illness in their transition from education into the workplace. National Mental Health Commission, 2013: A Contributing Life, the 2013 National Report Card on Menta, (pp. 1 - 96). Sydney, Australia: Business School, University of Sydney.
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2013). Making activity-based funding work for mental health. Australian Health Review, 37(3), 277-280. [More Information]

2012

  • Rosenberg, S., Rosen, A. (2012). Can mental health commissions really drive reform? Towards better resourcing, services, accountability and stakeholder engagement. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(3), 193-198. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Rosen, A. (2012). It's raining mental health commissions: prospects and pitfalls in driving mental health reform. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(2), 85-90. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S. (2012). New governance, new hope: findings and results of the taskforce to establish a Mental Health Commission for NSW. Mental Health Review Journal, 17(4), 248-259. [More Information]
  • Hickie, I., Rosenberg, S., Davenport, T. (2012). Not letting the ideal be the enemy of the good: The case of the Better Access evaluation - Reply. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(6), 581-582. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Mendoza, J., Russell, L. (2012). Well meant or well spent? Accountability for $8 billion of mental health reform. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(3), 159-161. [More Information]

2011

  • Hickie, I., Rosenberg, S., Davenport, T. (2011). Australia's Better Access initiative: still awaiting serious evaluation? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(10), 814-823. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S. (2011). True north? Twenty Years of Australian Mental Health Reform. International Journal of Mental Health, 40(2), 8-24. [More Information]
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2011). Were the budgetary reforms to the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative appropriate. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(11), 595-595. [More Information]

2010

  • Rosenberg, S., Mendoza, J. (2010). Community-managed mental health services the case for investment. New Paradigm, , 1-10.
  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I. (2010). How to tackle a giant: Creating a genuine evaluation of the Better Access Program. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(6), 496-502. [More Information]

2009

  • Rosenberg, S., Hickie, I., Mendoza, J. (2009). National mental health reform: less talk, more action. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(4), 193-195. [More Information]

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