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MHFA Staff

Aisha Usman

Manager

Aneka Srinivasan

Project Officer

Aneka Srinivasan is currently pursuing her Post Graduate studies in Psychology, in Melbourne. She is passionate about advocating for better mental health both in her role at the MHFA but also in her future career as a Psychologist. Aneka is also a trained Indian classical singer and raises funds each year for the MHFA through an annual concert during National Mental Health Month.

Darielle Asch

Project Officer - Western Australia

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology and Life Coach Accreditation

Darielle has a background in Pyschology, Behaviour Therapy and Community Services and has a huge passion for supporting people that are struggling with mental health issues. Darielle has been running her Wellness Business, The Wanderlust Age,  for over 2 years and is Working as a Life Coach, both with young people and adults. Darielle has also developed an Emotional Intelligence and Self-awareness Program for Young People in Perth. This program has seen some major growth in young people understanding their emotions, their self-worth and becoming more self-aware. This Passion of hers has given her the experience necessary to understand the importance of raising Mental Health Awareness, providing Safe Spaces for people to Speak Up and taking action to better support individuals in need.

Preethi Selvaraj

Support Program Officer

Preethi joined the MHFA in Feb 2019 and is now responsible for coordinating the Support Services at the Foundation including the Mental Health Support Groups.

Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for AMES Australia within the Volunteer Development Unit administring the State Wide Volunteer program. In the recent years she has developed a keen interest in Mental Health and is passionate about advocating for and creating awareness about Post-natal Depression in new mothers.

Priyankaa Ananthakrishna

Project Officer - South Australia

Priyankaa is a speech pathologist by profession and has completed her Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Pathology in India with a Gold Medal.  She is currently pursuing her Masters at Flinders University and is specialising in speech pathology.  Priyankaa has been into social activities also during her under graduation and school days. She has actively participated in the corporates social responsibility activities and has contributed for cloth donation campaign for the poor and needy people and tree planting activities. She also undertook a short duration volunteer role in the Cancer Institute at Chennai and has helped the ailing cancer patients. She is really inclined towards working for people with Mental Health problems.

Andeli Zuzic

Community Engagement Officer

Andeli began her work with the Foundation early 2020 and works on a range of projects including the Schools Seminar Program, the Australian Future Leaders Program, and a range of campaigns and events within the organisation. Outside of work, Andeli is currently pursuing a career in music studying her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music on Flute with a keen interest in the field of Music Therapy. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hansen Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and is one of the Inaugural Hansen Scholars. She has worked extensively in environmental activism with organisations such as the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, School Strike for Climate, and a grassroots group founded by her and friends in 2019 - Jagajaga Youth for Climate. She has lived experience both with mental health conditions and a variety of chronic physical invisible health conditions and is an advocate for reducing the stigma around both Mental Health and invisible disabilities, stigma which often bounces off the stigma of the other.

Jael Wong

Media Officer

I'm an international student who is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in linguistics and minoring in politics. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, came to Melbourne in 2020. I’m passionate about understanding what is happening in society, as well as keen to communicate with people around. 

Philasande Dladla

Media Officer

Philasande is an international student from South Africa studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Poltical Sciences and International Relations minoring in Economics. Philasande has experience working in media and communications on several campaigns and programs such as working for the South African Government Spousal Division and SA Youth Magazine. Philasande is grounded by her quota "service before self" and this has motivated to serve as best as she can on matters of Mental Health.

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