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Senior Leadership Team

The Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Senior Leadership Team includes the Executive Director, and a group of Directors and Clinical Directors who are each responsible for a service or portfolio within the service.

Mr Kieran Kinsella

Executive Director, Addiction Services, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services
Start date: 
February 2019

Kieran Kinsella has held senior health management positions in both UK and Australian health services. Kieran qualified as a mental health nurse following his training at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London and also has a Masters qualification. 

Dr Balaji Motamarri

Director Medical Services

Dr Balaji Motamarri is a qualified psychiatrist from one of the premier institutes of India and moved to Australia in 1998. He has more than 15 years’ experience in Psychiatry since completing his postgraduate qualifications.

Dr Motamarri acquired his fellowship of RANZCP in 2003 and since has held senior clinical and managerial positions both in Adelaide and in Queensland.

Mr Geoff Lau

Director of Therapies and Allied Health

Mr Geoff Lau has worked extensively in adult mental health as an occupational therapist, clinical supervisor and manager since 1992; across acute to tertiary, inpatient and community-based services in Queensland and overseas.

Ms Gabrielle Vilic

Director of Social Inclusion and Recovery

Ms Gabrielle Vilic joined Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services as the Director for Social Inclusion and Recovery in  2013.

Ms Vilic has worked in mental health for over 19 years, in both the government and non-government sectors, and has won a number of statewide awards for her achievements in the area of mental health.

Linda Hipper

Ms Linda Hipper

Director Addiction Services

Ms Linda Hipper has been employed in both the public and non-government sectors in the Northern Territory and Queensland since 1988.

She has 20 years of experience in working in the alcohol, drug and mental health fields in a variety of roles, with the last 15 years predominantly in managerial and leadership roles in the alcohol and drug field.

Liz Powell

Ms Liz Powell

Director of Nursing

Ms Liz Powell's career in mental health nursing spans 30 years with experience in clinical practice, clinical and operational management, and state and national policy.

She is a Registered Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing and Health Administration.

Dr Frances Dark

Dr Frances Dark

Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Academic Clinical Unit

Dr. Frances Dark has worked for the Princess Alexandra Mental Health Service as a Consultant Psychiatrist for 27 years. 

David Lie

Dr David Lie

Clinical Director of Older Adult Academic Clinical Unit

Dr David Lie has been the Director of the Older Persons Mental Health Service at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane since 2001. 

Following general practice and specialist training, he set up the first public geriatric psychiatry service on the Gold Coast in 1999 and has had a role in developing psychogeriatric services elsewhere in Queensland.

Dr Sean Hatherill

Sean Hatherill

Clinical Director of Child and Youth Academic Clinical Unit

Dr Sean Hatherill is the Clinical Director of Metro South Mental Health Services’ Child and Youth Mental Health Academic Clinical Unit, and is also a member of the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr John O'Callaghan

Dr John O'Callaghan

Clinical Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services Academic Clinical Unit

Dr John O'Callaghan has worked in the field of psychiatry for 20 years, both in his training and as a Consultant Psychiatrist, and became a Psychiatrist in 1997.

Last updated 22 May 2019