John Mannion is the Executive Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, and Director of Major Projects for Flinders Foundation, in Adelaide, South Australia.
Breakthrough in a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting groundbreaking mental health research to help improve the lives of many people living with mental health issues and is the first of its kind in Australia.
John has worked within the mental health field for over 30 years in the UK and Australia, in both a clinical and leadership capacity.
John is an innovative practitioner, leader and a resilient manager, with a strong person centred value base and work ethic . His progressive change management skills have spear headed the development of a number of high quality services. He has a proven track record for delivering positive outcomes and achieving results in the development and delivery of diverse health and social care services.
John has extensive experience in clinical service development, clinical leadership and mental health reform, taking the executive lead within South Australian Health for the development of the Statewide Eating Disorder Service, Community Mental Health Reform and Veteran Mental Health Clinical Service developments.
John has a passion for building design and the positive impact this can have upon mental health, culture and wellbeing. In his role as Executive Director for the Mental Health Services within Southern Adelaide he has led a number of building developments including Intermediate Care Centres, Community Mental Health Centres, the Jamie Larcombe Centre for Veteran Mental Health Services and the Older Person’s Mental Health Acute Unit at Flinders Hospital, South Australia.
With a targeted and bold partnership and investment strategy, Breakthrough delivers funding streams that supports cutting edge, world leading research.
Breakthrough is partnered with Flinders University South Australia, South Australian Mental Health Commission, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, South Australian Police Department, Adelaide Primary Health Network and the Adelaide Crows Football Club (AFL), who together aim to create a life free from mental illness.