Our highly qualified team works together to connect the community mental health sector, promote professional development, facilitate member discussion, provide the latest industry resources, organise events and attend to member enquiries.
At QAMH we value integrity, professionalism and transparency. Our team members share their time and expertise with one another and, alongside our members, create a strong culture of professional development. Our members, and the world at large, can expect focus, consistency and exceptional service from the QAMH team.
Chief Executive Officer
As newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Kris brings to QAMH a demonstrated aptitude in managing complex, multi-stakeholder organisations; she has strong industry engagement skills and enjoys delivering outcomes that align strategic goals with real business results.
Kris has worked with a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations in the areas of health, community housing, autism, education, research and indigenous health, including the Senior Executive for several Research Centres in the areas of vaccine technology, biosecurity, biomarkers and environmental biotechnology.
Kris has extensive experience in finance, management and corporate governance, and has held many senior leadership positions, which have included Interim CEO, Autism Co-operative Research Centre; General Manager QUT Enterprise Holdings and Managing Director of Business Governance Solutions.
She is committed to supporting people experiencing mental health issues so as to achieve better health outcomes.
Consulting Advisor - Strategy, Innovation & Accountability
Amara Bains has more than 15 years’ international humanitarian aid and development experience and over 20 years’ experience in communications, marketing and public relations in the health sector. She has wide-ranging experience working in disasters, including the Indian Ocean Tsunami recovery and rehabilitation operations and Indonesian earthquake responses in Yogyakarta and Central Java, West Java and West Sumatra. Amara recently worked as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc.(QAMH) where she was instrumental in advocating for and leading a co-design process with Queensland Health as part of the contestability policy implementation by the State Government of the time as well securing funding for QAMH in a resource-constrained environment. Currently, Amara is operating her own consultancy to support social impact in her professional areas of interest – adaptive leadership, sustainable community development with a special interest in collective impact approaches, (organisational) resilience, accountability and program management, complex system dynamics, and adaptive capacity. Amara is also an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and a member of an expert reference group on adaptive leadership.