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Daya Henkel

Representative Title: New South Wales Consumer Representative
Membership Type: Consumer
Biography: I have worked as a consumer advocate and mental health peer worker within the public, private and community managed sectors for over 15 years. My work has consisted of consumer representation from a local to a national level and I am currently the NSW Consumer Representative on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF). I am honoured to walk alongside peers on their journey and raise consumer perspectives at a national level.

I currently work for the NSW Ministry of Health as the State-Wide Mental Health Peer Workforce Coordinator. I am passionate about growing the peer workforce and recovery-oriented, trauma-informed care. I bring my experiences as a person with lived experience of mental distress and recovery, a survivor of trauma, and an LGBTQ+ person from a rural community to the NMHCCF and the National Register. I am strongly committed to advocating for positive change in the mental health system, and I am hopeful of a time where choice and empowerment are key principles across the sector.

My previous appointments include various representative positions with the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Mental Health Commission of NSW. I am also a prior Chair of the NSW Public Mental Health Consumer Workers’ Committee. My qualifications in psychology, community services and peer work complement my work in the mental health sector.