Welcome aboard: our new program manager announced
Helen Makregiorgos has been appointed to the role of Manager, Independent Mental Health Advocacy.
Kristen Hilton, Director Civil Justice Access and Equity at Victoria Legal Aid, said Helen’s appointment was an exciting milestone in the establishment of the new service.
‘Helen brings a great blend of skills and knowledge of mental health services,’ Kristen said.
‘She has a wealth of experience leading significant projects and implementing new services, and comes to the role from Women’s Health West where she is currently the Senior Manager of Health Promotion, Research and Development.
‘Helen’s leadership and experience will be extremely valuable in making sure Independent Mental Health Advocacy is designed around the needs of people receiving compulsory treatment.
‘Her expertise will also be vital in bringing a new team together and developing a supportive and positive culture. We’re looking forward to having her on board.’
Helen has worked in various leadership and senior management roles across the health sector, including mental health, women’s health and sexual assault. She has a Masters in Social Work, where she focused on the acute response to mental health needs of women during pregnancy, and has worked as a social worker.
Helen has worked extensively with mental health consumers including advocacy work across a range of social sectors, and in the development of accessible resources and programs.
She has led the development and implementation of organisational-wide and strategic plans.
She has extensive experience supervising and managing staff across diverse roles, including social workers, community development workers, Aboriginal Liaison Officers, drug and alcohol advocates and psychologists.
Helen will begin work in the role on May 18.