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Mental Health News-Commission welcomes inaugural Children's Commissioner

Mental Health News-Commission welcomes inaugural Children's Commissioner

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the appointment of Megan Mitchell as Australia's first Children's Commissioner in Canberra on February 25. The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, said this announcement was a significant step in protecting children in Australia. "The rights of children are a central part of all the areas of work undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission and appointment of Australia's first dedicated national Children's Commissioner, who can focus solely on the protection of the rights of children, is extremely important," President Triggs said. President Triggs said Ms Mitchell had extensive experience in issues facing children and young people and held qualifications in social policy, psychology and education. "Megan has worked with children from all types of backgrounds, including significant work with vulnerable children," Professor Triggs said. "She has practical expertise in child protection, foster and kinship care, juvenile justice, children's services, child care, disabilities, early intervention and prevention services." Ms Mitchell's previous roles include NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Executive Director of the ACT Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, Executive Director Out-of-Home Care in the NSW Department of Community Services, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and Director, Strategic Policy and Planning in the NSW Ageing and Disability Department.

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