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Mental Health

Our Practice

Almost $10 billion was spent on mental health across Australia in 2017-18 and over four million Australian’s receive mental health-related prescriptions each year. Greater awareness of the prevalence and scope of mental health issues in the community has led not only to significant growth in the sector, but a greater focus on the outcomes delivered by service providers.

The mental health sector is highly fragmented, with a myriad of not for profit organisations delivering services alongside publicly funded area health services, other government funded entities and privately run businesses.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated dramatic increase in unemployment will inevitably increase the demand for mental health services substantially. Crisis support services such as Lifeline are already experiencing a spike in the demand for their services.

At Orchard, we assist organisations navigate the complexities of the sector, meet the community’s increased expectations in terms of outcomes and position themselves to deal with changes in demand for their services, through the appointment of high-calibre corporate, clinical and operational talent.

We work within Public and Private Hospitals; Community mental health care; Residential mental health care; Outpatient service settings.  

Our Services

  • Executive Search: CEO and leadership appointments, including CFO, Head of Operations, Head of Human Resources, Director of Mental Health.
  • Managerial Appointments: Clinical, corporate and operational managerial roles.
  • Project Placements: Volume-based recruitment solutions across one or multiple job families, including frontline services.

Our People

Ken Teale, Senior Engagment Manager - Mental Health

Ken leads Orchard’s Mental Health practice supported by a team a functionally aligned research associates.

Prior to joining Orchard, Ken led the Financial Services practice at Derwent Search, one of Australia’s largest executive search firms, specialising in C-level appointments. Ken has a deep understanding of the challenges inherent in the provision of mental health services to consumers.

As someone with lived experience of mental illness, Ken is passionate about partnering with service providers, enabling them to access high calibre talent. Ken is passionate about  securing candidates that enhance service delivery – leading to better mental health outcomes for the community.

When the opportunity arose to join Orchard, Ken saw this as an ideal chance to deliver a purpose driven offering within a sector that assists some of the most vulnerable members of the community.