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Michelle Blanchard

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Blanchard is a Special Adviser at the National Mental Health Commission, leading the development of the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy. Prior to joining the Commission, Michelle was Deputy CEO at SANE Australia and the founding Director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre which partners with people affected by mental illness, trauma and distress to catalyse social change. Michelle is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Previously, Michelle held senior roles at the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Michelle was also a Non-Executive Director of youth mental health organisation batyr, Co-Chair of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and a participant in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology and Political Science, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.


  • 2021–present
    Special Adviser, National Mental Health Commission
  • 2020–2021
    Acting CEO, SANE Australia
  • 2018–2021
    Deputy CEO, SANE Australia
  • 2018–2021
    Director, Anne Deveson Research Centre
  • 2019–2019
    Acting CEO, SANE Australia
  • 2017–2018
    General Manager - Research, Policy and Programs, SANE Australia
  • 2016–2017
    National Manager, Programs and Practice, The Butterfly Foundation
  • 2011–2016
    Head of Projects and Partnerships, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre


  • 2016 
    BSchool, Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare
  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Political Sciences)