Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

The Commissioner

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

Dr 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 Dr Coulson Barr include Victorian Deputy Disability Services Commissioner, and President of the Victorian Intellectual Disability Review Panel. Dr Coulson Barr has also served as a member of various state and federal tribunal and statutory bodies, including the Victorian Mental Health Review Board, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Victorian Multiple and Complex Needs Panel, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In 2013, Dr Coulson Barr was awarded a Weinstein International Fellowship to study international approaches to accessible and effective dispute resolution, and has completed doctoral research on statutory conciliation and complaint processes. She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science, 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, Dr Coulson Barr was welcomed into the Victorian Honour Role of Women in 2014.