Over the past 30 years Tom has been active in mental health and health policy, social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB), clinical mental health care, suicide prevention, education, and mental health leadership. Since April 2020 Tom has been the Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia.
Tom is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah, NSW. He is a member of the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, Indigenous Allied Health Australia and is an Executive Member and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health Ltd. Tom is a member of The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Learning Network. Tom is a Co-Chair of the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce. Tom is a Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW.
Previously Tom was the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, a role he has held since 2007.