With a background in social work, Bretine has over 25 years experience in mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention. Her experience is underscored by her passion for systems and service improvement to create accessible, person centred services for the most vulnerable in our community.
Bretine has held senior leadership roles at the Queensland Mental Health Commission and in West Moreton Health. Throughout her career she has held responsible for regional mental health and drug and alcohol services, primary health services in prisons, and statewide forensic mental health, learning, research and benchmarking programs.
While at the Queensland Mental Health Commission, she held key leadership roles in the development of statewide, whole-of-government plans including Every life: The Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2019-2029 and the implementation of the Shifting mind: Queensland Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and provided high-level analysis and advice about mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention reform.