Housing: the foundation for mental health | Wednesday 19 February 2020

Roz Fitzgerald

Allied Health Manager, Adult Mental Health Unit, Canberra Hospital

Roz Fitzgerakd

Roz has had over 25 years of experience within the mental health space. She is a registered psychologist who has worked across various fields including victims of crime, child protection, disability, community recovery, community mental  health  and inpatient  mental health therapy programs. She has worked in various regional and remote areas and is a keen advocate for consumer and carer involvement in recovery. Roz has experience as a member of cross government working parties, is a member of directorate wide consultative committees, member of the  Family Violence interagency safety committee, organising and facilitating community forums.   Roz also was a member of  the” Mr Fluffy Loose fill Asbestos Taskforce “ assisting affected families to access mental health support.

Roz is also a  community recovery manager for the ACT Government, and co-ordinates and manages government and non-government agencies as per the ACT Disaster Support Plan. This has  included deployment to natural disasters  including the Thredbo Landslide in 1997,  Canberra Bushfires in 2003, Brisbane Floods in 2011, Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and more recently for local bushfires.

Roz is currently the Allied Health Therapy Manager for a 40 bed acute adult mental unit in Canberra. She leads and supports 16 allied health professionals and collaboratives with the wider multidisciplinary team. One of the many challenges that Roz and her team encounter when supporting their patients with discharge supports is the shortage of crisis to medium term accommodation.