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MHFA Board of Directors

Emeritus Professor Bruce J. Tonge


Prior to his retirement in 2012 he was the Foundation Head, School of Psychology and Psychiatry and Head of the Discipline of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and also the Senior Clinical Advisor of the Mental Health Program of Monash Health at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  He has a distinguished record of clinical work, teaching and research in child psychiatry. 

He established the internationally recognised Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. He continues to have clinical, research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular focus in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioural and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents with intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders, parent education and skills training public mental health interventions, and treatment outcome studies in childhood anxiety and depressive disorders.


Carole Crean


Carole’s career and passion for helping problem young people started as a secondary school science teacher. Transitioning to the Victorian Education Department, working in policy development, it was at this time that Carole ventured into the mental health realm with the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFofA) and working with the Southern Health Mental Health Program, looking at consumer education to clinicians.

 In 2003, Carole participated with the MHFofA establishing the initiative “Embrace the Future - Young Australians Mental Health and Wellbeing” an mental wellness awareness and education project for Australian youth. This initiative has developed into “Resilience Australia” promoting awareness and development of resilience for Australians from conception for the prevention of mental illness issues.

 In 2017 she became Secretary of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) at the amalgamation of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia and the Mental Health Foundation of Victoria (the oldest NFP and NGO organisation in the mental health sector in Victoria). She was re-appointed as the Patron of Mental Health Foundation Australia in 2019.

Prof Peter Barlis

Acting Chairperson

Peter is an internationally-recognised Interventional Cardiologist with the Northern and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Victoria and Professor of Medicine with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he completed cardiology training at Austin Health followed by a Master of Public Health with Monash University.

In 2006, he secured a fellowship and scholarship at the prestigious Royal Brompton Hospital, London and then completed his PhD at the Thoraxcentre, Erasmus University the Netherlands, on the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in cardiology. OCT harnesses the properties of infrared light to look inside blood vessels in ultra-high resolution. Peter has since overseen OCT’s uptake across the region with over sixty centres in Australia and New Zealand benefiting from his foresight.

He is internationally renowned for his interventional and imaging academic output, and early development programs for novel therapies in cardiovascular disease. He has maintained connections all over the globe, and continues to attract industry support for his research. He runs an active research group in biomedical engineering focused on coronary imaging and computational modeling with an interest in the development of innovative cardiovascular technologies.

Jim Goodin


Jim Goodin is a former Vice Principal with 30 years’ experience in regular, secondary and special needs schools. Currently the President of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia and co-chair of the Victorian Mental Health Month Advisory Committee, Jim is also committee member on many other Boards and Committees including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Chisholm Institute Course Advisory Committee and the Melbourne Bipolar Network.

Jim was also the former Vice – President of the Australian National Association for Mental Health and former President and Secretary of the OCD Foundation (now ARCVic). Jim’s knowledge of mental illness comes from professional, voluntary and family experience. 

Vasan Srinivasan

Chief Executive Officer

Vasan Srinivasan is the first person of Indian origin to be appointed as member of the Australian Multicultural Council.

  • Former member - Victorian Government International Education Board
  • Vasan is the former President - Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV) 2009-2014
  • Vasan is the Former Member (2011-2014) of Victorian Government Ministerial Advisory Ethnic Business Council.
  • Vasan Srinivasan was awarded the MERETORIOUS SERVICE AWARD for excellence in multicultural affairs by the Victorian Government
  • Former chair of Confederation of Indian Australian Association Inc (CIAA)

Huss Mustafa OAM


Huss is a very proud Australian with a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 10 at a time where you were expected to assimilate into the Australian way of life and not to be different. Multiculturalism was not promoted than and he had very little support to learn the English language.

Huss under these very difficult circumstances was able to in just over 5 years learn the English language, pass his grades and at the ripe old age of 16 obtained his first  job at the then known State Bank Of Victoria which merged with Commonwealth Bank in 1991.

Huss is now a Senior Executive at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is the General Manager, Multicultural Community Banking Australia, a division that he initiated in establishing in August 2016.

Huss for over a quarter of a century now has been very active in promoting Cultural Diversity both in the community and his work place. His work in promoting Cultural Diversity in the community and the work place was also acknowledged on the 2014 Queens Birthday’s Honours list and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Multiculturalism and Business.

Huss has also served a 4 year term as a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission.


Jimmy Ma


Jimmy is an experienced accountant with qualifications in accounting and business administration and has held senior positions in both professional practice and private industry. His previous experience in the NFP sector included accounting roles at Goodcompany and Share Gift Australia. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of CPA Australia. 

Jimmy is looking forward to maintain and enhance the financial functions of the Foundation. 

Chris Tinkler


Chris Tinkler is the Deputy Editor at Herald Sun. Some of his previous expertise includes Urban Affairs Reporter, State Politics Editor and News Editor at Sunday Herald Sun. Tinkler leads a newsroom of up to 50 reporters through significant transformation including move to a seven-day operation, integration of the online team, evolution of digital brand and subscriptions mode and developing strong and enduring external relationships with both sides of politics and with business and community leaders and also steering the production of more than 1200 editions of the print publication as deputy and more than 400 as acting editor.

Apart from that Chris enjoys family time, playing soccer, travelling & guitar.

Helena Kyriazopoulos


Ms Kyriazopoulos is the CEO of the Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA), an affiliate of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. She previously worked for Alzheimer’s Australia for over 22 years. Ms Kyriazopoulos has over 30 years’ experience in the multicultural sector and currently sits on multiple Boards, including Council of the Ageing, Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and the Australia Multicultural Council. She has contributed towards journal articles and published works related to aged care, disability and multiculturalism. 

Daryl Williams QC


Daryl Williams QC has an extensive practice in advising, and appearing in courts and tribunals throughout Australia, in relation to: 

  • Commercial Disputes;
  • Corporate Governance, including shareholders’ and creditors’ remedies, directors’ duties, and matters for or against ASIC;
  • Corporate Insolvency and Reconstruction, including acting for and against liquidators, administrators, and receivers;
  • Misleading or Deceptive Conduct in financial and commercial transactions;
  • Professional Negligence, especially in relation to legal practitioners, auditors and valuers;
  • Land Tax and other state taxation matters; and
  • Appeals.

Daryl is also an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and has an active mediation practice focusing on the resolution of substantial commercial disputes.

Daryl came to the Bar in 1991 after spending three years (including Articles) working in commercial litigation at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Lawyers) in Melbourne. He took silk in 2010.Outside the Bar, Daryl is a former Board Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and of its philanthropic fundraising entity Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation Limited. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of the Anglican Dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Wangaratta.  

A/Prof Theresa Jacques


A/Professor Theresa Jacques is the Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Director Of Intensive Care at The St George Hospital and a conjoint A/Prof of the St George & Sutherland Clinical School, located on the grounds of St George Hospital; Secretary of NSW MSEC; Member of NSW Ministry of Health ACI ICU Executive, ANZICS National End of Life Expert Working Group. She is also the member of E-Health E-RIC Roadmap Management Group and Community of Practice Group.

Theresa was awarded the Honourable Citation for ICU Design from American Architect’s Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Critical Care Nurses 2019, Top 50 Women in Public Service (NSW) 2018 and 100 Australian Women of Influence (Westpac/AFR) 2015.

She was elected as one of the Director of the Mental Health Foundation Australia in 2019.

Anne Donaldson


Anne is a professional non-executive director with over 15 years’ experience on state government and not for profit boards as well as state and national Government committees. Having worked predominantly in health and human services, Anne has extensive experience in disruption and change management in Executive Director Roles.  Anne understands the process of resolution in consumer grievances and has detailed knowledge of strategic and compliance issues.

Anne brings over 30 years’ experience in metropolitan and regional Western Australia in senior management, with an understanding of capital works, financial and operational governance. Her roles include community and stakeholder engagement. She has successfully facilitated complex discussions to achieve consensus and shared agreement of service contracts and program delivery.

Kirilly Dutton


Kirilly is an experienced business management executive having held senior managerial roles in both private and government organisations.

In recent years Kirilly has made a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities.  Her primary area of focus has been issues related to the mental health and well being of working families, children and education preparedness and employees from a non English speaking background.  As an Approved Childcare Provider, Kirilly is a Mandatory Reporter for the Department of Child Safety and has developed and implemented early identification practices for mental health issues, relative to both the families and they children in her care. 

Kirilly is also passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of her staff, many of which come from international non – English speaking backgrounds.  In order to ensure these staff have the same access to mental health services as Australian staff, she has implemented early intervention and counseling practices in addition to standard staff counseling procedures.

Mr Vernon Victor Da Gama

Legal Advisor

Mr Vernon Victor Da Gama is a barrister and very well known in the Community. Vernon helped several members of the Indian Community in giving legal advice whenever required.

Vernon is an active member of the Goan Overseas Association of Victoria and the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria Inc (FIAV), representing the Goan Association. He is also currently a trustee of the FIAV. In October 2008, he received the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of India of the Parliament of Victoria “Award of Excellence”.

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