Michael Kirby Appointed Patron of Cyber Mental Health Initiative


The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG has been appointed as the inaugural patron of Cybermindz.org. As a former Justice of the High Court of Australia and, as at the time of his retirement Australia’s longest serving judge, Michael has long championed human rights and many causes ennobling of humanity.

He was Chairman of the OECD Expert Groups on Privacy (1978-80) and Data Security (1991-2) and has a longstanding interest in the interplay between technology and humanity.

In welcoming his decision to serve as patron, Cybermindz.org founder Peter Coroneos stated: “We can’t think of a more fitting development for our not-for-profit, dedicated to alleviating the suffering of cyber teams — as we enter both Mental Health and Cybersecurity Awareness Months — than to make this announcement on behalf of the Cybermindz.org board.”

“We are deeply grateful for Justice Kirby’s recognition of the significance of our mission and his role as an advocate, as we move rapidly to bring relief, restoration, healing and resilience to embattled cyber teams and those who support them.”

“He clearly understands the relationship between the protection of personal information, for which he has been a champion, and the need for the cyber teams who are charged to protect it to be effective in their work. Managing their stress and avoiding burnout are fundamental to this mission.