David Baker is a Principal Policy Adviser at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and a founding member of the policy team.
He has more than ten years’ experience in policy development and analysis and prosecuting the case for policy change and improvement. In his current role at Orygen, David works with the policy team translating clinical youth mental health research into evidence-informed policy opportunities for government.
David was previously Director of Research at a public policy think tank in Canberra, and has also worked as a researcher for Committees of the Parliament of Victoria.
David has written on a range of policy areas for Orygen, including: the physical and sexual health of young people experiencing mental ill-health, engaging young men in mental health services and improving the access and acceptability of services. Most recently he led collaboration on a paper examining the service needs of young people transitioning out of the Australian Defence Force.
In addition to his current role, David is a member of working groups focused on improving forensic mental health services for young people and supporting Orygen’s Reconciliation Action Plan.