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Meet the team

The Mentally Healthy WA team is passionate in the pursuit of its vision for a society that values mental health and where everyone has the opportunity to be mentally healthy.

A/Prof Christina Pollard


Christina Pollard is the Director of Mentally Healthy WA, based at Curtin University. Associate Professor Public Health Priorities, she brings her health promotion experience working for Government for over 30 years to the Act Belong Commit campaign. Her research has underpinned development of a diverse range of successful public health interventions from policy and practice at national, state and local levels. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Science).

Dr James Smith

Research Fellow

Dr James Smith is an implementation scientist who has an extensive program of implementation science work conducting implementation science research in both Australia and the UK. His research encompasses implementing complex interventions into complex systems. He also places primary emphasis on designing interventions with people, not for people. He is most passionate about mental health intervention strategies that foster positivity and hope and applying his novel methodology that embeds consumer involvement and co-design using implementation science theory, models and frameworks. Recent highlights of his work include the Co-Design and Evaluation of Qualitative Indicators of Intervention Acceptability, Fidelity, and Context.

Meg Clarey

Campaign Manager

Meg Clarey is the Campaign Manager for the Mentally Healthy WA, Act Belong Commit campaign. Meg is a social marketing campaign specialist having  managed multiple health promotion and behaviour change programs within WA and nationally covering topics such as nutrition, physical activity, falls prevention, online safety, water efficiency, and water security and sustainability. Meg has worked on both agency and client side within and outside of government. Meg holds a Grad Dip in Business (Marketing), Grad Cert in Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism/Film & Television).

Hannah Samsa

Program Coordinator

Hannah Samsa is the Program Coordinator for the Mentally Healthy WA, Act Belong Commit campaign.

Andrew Walton

Partnerships Coordinator

Andrew is Partnerships Coordinator for Mentally Healthy WA and oversees the Act Belong Commit partnership program, a program that brings together local governments, peak bodies, schools, and local community groups. Andrew is a media, communications and corporate affairs specialist with over 25 years’ experience in some of Western Australia’s leading organisations. As Public Affairs Manager for Lotterywest, Andrew managed the media and communications for Lotterywest’s multimillion dollar community funding program. As Head of Corporate Affairs at HBF for over a decade he managed all media interactions and oversaw relations with key stakeholders, including state and federal governments.

Phoebe Joyce

Schools Health Promotion Coordinator

Phoebe Joyce coordinates the Mentally Healthy Schools Program. She is passionate about Act Belong Commit and has experienced the benefits of living a mentally healthy lifestyle as a player for the Wembley Netball Club and volunteer for their social committee. Phoebe has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health) degree from the University of Western Australia and is currently completing her Honours in Psychology at Curtin University.

Jessica Marmoy

Schools Health Promotion Coordinator

Jessica Marmoy works on the Mentally Healthy Schools Program alongside Phoebe. She has a background working in health promotion and brings experience working in schools and the community promoting mental wellbeing and understanding. She has worked developing and delivering specific mental wellbeing programs for high school students and delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid. Jessica has previously worked on the campaign as a Health Promotion Officer and is very passionate about the message which is evident in her love for gardening, book club, cooking and hiking. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science (Public Health and Psychology).

Gabriella Jameson

Health Promotion Officer

Gabriella Jameson is a valuable member of the Act Belong Commit partnership program team working as a health promotion officer. Gabby regularly puts the Act Belong Commit message into practice through being an active member of her local BMX club, and riding BMX both recreationally and competitively. By experiencing the benefits of living a mentally healthy lifestyle, she feels passionate about sharing the message with others. Gabby holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), and is currently completing a Master of Public Health.