The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. We represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better access and outcomes for every Tasmanian.


Meet our team

Connie Digolis

Connie, in partnership with our Board, is responsible for ensuring that MHCT functions as an effective peak body for the community managed mental health sector in Tasmania. Together, the Board and CEO give direction and leadership towards the organisation’s relevance to the community and stakeholders; and the achievement of its vision, mission, strategic plan, annual goals and objectives.


Elinor Heard
Sector Reform Lead

Elinor supports a collective approach to mental health reform at a time when Australian mental health policy and practice are undergoing seismic shifts at both a state and national level. This position identifies opportunities for collaboration and alignment between the government agencies responsible for reform and leads engagement with our members and the broader mental health sector to understand and navigate the impacts of reform.


Julie Martin
Media and Communications Lead

Julie is responsible for coordinating and supporting campaigns, promotional activities and building MHCT’s brand and profile to increase awareness of mental health, mental illness, suicide prevention and the mental health sector in Tasmania.


Shareen Pearson
Business Development and Support

Shareen manages the financial and administrative functions of MHCT and provides support to the CEO, the Board and sub-committees including the review and updating of organisational policy and procedures and the management of all MHCT records and documents.


Brittany Szlezak
Member Services

Brittany supports the growth of the MHCT brand and profile through her member and stakeholder engagement work and is responsible for increasing the active participation of members through developing and coordinating MHCT activities and events.


Jacinta Direen
Project Officer, Tasmanian Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Communications Charter

Jacinta is project managing a three year project, engaging stakeholders in the mental health and suicide prevention space, developed to promote safe and consistent communication about mental health and suicide prevention in Tasmanian communities.


Kaitlyn Graham
Project Officer

Kaity works with the team at MHCT to support ongoing policy, communication and reform functions, providing research and literature reviews, document summaries and preparation, and the analysis of media, political and policy developments.