Statement on 2020 public hearings

The Royal Commission has taken the preventative measure of cancelling its second and final round of public hearings in response to the latest advice about COVID-19. The public hearings were scheduled to commence in late-April 2020.

More details about other engagement activities will be announced in the coming months.

You can read the full statement from the Commission here.


2019 public hearings

Public hearings ran from 2 - 26 July 2019. You can read transcripts and witness statements from the hearings below.

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Hearing documents

Click on the links below to read hearing schedules, transcripts, restricted publication orders and witness statements.

Weekly hearing list


Tuesday 2 July - Opening day

Daily run sheet

Royal Commission Chair, Penny Armytage - hearings opening statement

Transcript

Wayne Schwass - witness statement

Nicole Juniper - witness statement

Andrew Robb AO - witness statement

Daniel Bolger - witness statement


Wednesday 3 July - Stigma

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Janet Meagher AM - witness statement

Nicola Reavley - witness statement

Teresa - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Chris Groot - witness statement part 1, part 2

Dr Michelle Blanchard - witness statement


Thursday 4 July - Prevention and early intervention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Georgie Harman - witness statement

David Forbes - witness statement part 1, part 2

Melanie Hill (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Helen Herrman AO - witness statement


Friday 5 July - Prevention and early intervention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Amelia Morris - witness statement

Dr Gaynor Blankley - witness statement

Shaun McClare - witness statement

Dr Ric Haslam - witness statement

Patrick McGorry AO - witness statement

Weekly hearing list


Monday 8 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Simon Stafrace - witness statement

Ruth Vine - witness statement

Erica Williams - witness statement

Dr Neil Coventry - witness statement part 1, part 2


Tuesday 9 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dr Caroline Johnson - witness statement

Dr Sika Turner - witness statement

Gail Bradley - restricted publication order, witness statement

Janet Butler - witness statement

Dr Paul Denborough - witness statement


Wednesday 10 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dean Stevenson - witness statement

Malcolm Hopwood - witness statement

Georgia Harraway-Jones - witness statement

Elizabeth Crowther - witness statement

Peter Ruzyla - witness statement

Ingrid Amann - witness statement


Thursday 11 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dr Ainslie Senz - witness statement

Tracey Morgan - witness statement

Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir - witness statement

Sally Jennings (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Simon Thomson - witness statement

Louise Glanville - witness statement

Vrinda Edan - witness statement


Friday 12 July - Carers and family

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Rebecca Thomas (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Rose Cuff - witness statement

Jesse Morgan - witness statement

Mary Pershall - witness statement

Dr Margaret Leggatt - witness statement

John Murray and Kate Dillon (pseudonyms) - restricted publication order, exclusion order



Weekly hearing list


Monday 15 July - Rural

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Terry Welch - witness statement

Al Gabb - witness statement

Trevor Thomas - restricted publication order, witness statement

Chris Thomas - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Ravi Bhat - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3

Dr Alison Kennedy - witness statement

Dr Gerard Ingham - witness statement


Tuesday 16 July - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Aunty Nellie Flagg - restricted publication order, witness statement

Helen Kennedy - witness statement

Adam Burns - witness statement

Andrew Jackomos - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8

Helen Milroy - witness statement

Tamara Lovett - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Graham Gee - witness statement


Wednesday 17 July - LGBTIQ+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Ro Allen - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3

Dr Ruth McNair AM - witness statement

A/Prof Michelle Telfer - witness statement

Katie Larsen - witness statement

Alex Smith (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement


Thursday 18 July - LGBTIQ+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Adriana Mendoza - witness statement

George Yengi - witness statement

Kylie Scoullar - witness statement

Adwin Town - witness statement

Kali Paxinos - witness video submission

Marie Piu - restricted publication order, witness statement


Friday 19 July - Community resilience

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Greg McMahon - witness statement

Emma King - witness statement

Matiu Bush - witness statement

Jane Anderson - witness statement

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen AO - witness statement

Weekly hearing list


Monday 22 July - Suicide prevention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Rod Jackson - witness statement

Jeremy Dwyer - witness statement

Professor Jane Pirkis - witness statement

Susan Trotter (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Alan Woodward - witness statement


Tuesday 23 July - Suicide prevention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Katerina Kouselas - witness statement

John McLaren - witness statement

Anne Lyon - witness statement

Louise Flynn - witness statement

A/Professor Peter Burnett - witness statement

Bruce Crossett - witness statement


Wednesday 24 July - Prioritisation and governance of mental health services

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dr Gerry Naughtin - witness statement

Dr Peggy Brown AO - witness statement

The Hon Robert Knowles AO - witness statement

Adjunct Professor David Plunkett - witness statement


Thursday 25 July - Prioritisation and governance of mental health services

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Andrew Greaves - witness statement

Felicity Topp - witness statement

Jennifer Williams AM - witness statement

Kym Peake - witness statement


Friday 26 July - Prioritisation and governance of mental health services

Daily run sheet

Transcript

David Martine - witness statement

Nina Edwards (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Julie Dempsey - witness statement

Royal Commission Chair, Penny Armytage - hearings closing statement

Themes

You can read the full details of the topics and key issues that were explored at the hearings here.