Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

The Commissioner

Lynne Coulson Barr is Victoria’s first Mental Health Complaints Commissioner.

Ms Coulson Barr has extensive experience in disability, mental health and dispute resolution with specialist expertise in improving access and participation in independent complaint and review processes.

Previous roles held by Ms Coulson Barr include Victorian Deputy Disability Services Commissioner (July 2007 to April 2014) and President of the Victorian Intellectual Disability Review Panel (August 2004 to June 2007).

Ms Coulson Barr has also served as a member of various state and federal tribunal and statutory bodies, including the Victorian Mental Health Review Board (since 2003), the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (since 2005) and the Victorian Suitability Panel (since 2007).

Other tribunal and board appointments include the Social Security Appeals Tribunals (1997-2007), the Accreditation Decisions Review Committee (2000-2011), the Victorian Institute of Teaching (2003-2006) the Victorian Multiple and Complex Needs panel (2007-2009) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (from 2013).

Ms Coulson Barr is an accredited mediator and conciliator with the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme. In 2013, Ms Coulson Barr was awarded a Weinstein International Fellowship to study international approaches to accessible and effective dispute resolution, and is currently completing a Doctoral degree in Juridical Science at Monash University. She also holds a Master of Social Work and bachelors of Social Work and Arts from Monash University.

In recognition of her significant contribution to social justice in the Victorian community, Ms Coulson Barr was welcomed into the Victorian Honour Role of Women in March 2014.