Congratulations to Taimi Allan on new role as SA Mental Health Commissioner

We extend warm congratulations to board member Taimi Allan who has been appointed as Mental Health Commissioner of South Australia.  

The SA Commissioner plays a significant leadership role working to strengthen the mental wellbeing of South Australians. This is a role that Taimi is very well qualified to step into.   

Taimi joined the Te Hiringa Mahara board at its inception in February 2021. She has brought deep expertise and connection with lived experience perspectives and a broad knowledge of the mental health and wellbeing system. Taimi has played an active role in the first two and half years of the Commission. 

“Over the years, I have passionately advocated for the greater incorporation of lived wisdom and innovation within the mental health sector and have been proud to see the importance of both grow within the sector,” Taimi said on acceptance of the new role. 

“I am incredibly proud to have contributed to the transformation of the New Zealand mental health system through nearly 20 years of dedicated service, with my tenure at Te Hiringa Mahara being a highlight.” 

Taimi begins her new mahi in South Australia in October, and she will step down from the Te Hiringa Mahara board in coming months. A further announcement about this will follow.  

“While I am moving back to Australia, I eagerly look forward to maintaining and expanding the connection between Australia and New Zealand, and aim to actively foster the growth of our lived experience and broader mental health sector networks across both countries,” she said. 

Board chair Hayden Wano said “it will be sad to lose Taimi’s commitment and decades of involvement in services. She brought her whole life experience to the work of transforming our mental health and addiction system. We will miss Taimi and wish her well with this new leadership role.”