Ms Carnell is now chief executive at beyondblue, a national initiative tasked with facilitating attitudinal change on depression and anxiety.
The role is another expression of her passion for healthcare which during her five year tenure as ACT chief minister included owning the health portfolio. In more recent times Ms Carnell was CEO at the Australian General Practice Network.
Reflecting on her work at beyondblue, Ms Carnell acknowledged how far things had come since the organisation began twelve years ago. “It was established out of need to raise the profile of depression in order to reduce stigma, undertake research into it and encourage people to seek help. Things have come a long way over the past decade,” she remarked.
She said anxiety disorders have become a key priority since being added to the organisation’s brief four years ago. “This came about because although depression is very common, anxiety disorders are even more so but even less well understood,” she said.