Our people

Our people

Helen Makregiorgos

Helen Makregiorgos, Manager

Helen was previously Senior Manager, Health Promotion, Research and Development at Women’s Health West.

She has a Masters in Social Work, where she focused on the acute service response to mental health needs of women during pregnancy, and has worked in various leadership and senior management roles across the health sector, including mental health, women’s health and sexual assault.

Helen has worked extensively with mental health consumers including advocacy work, and in the development of accessible resources and programs.

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.

Amy Corcoran, Senior advocate, Dandenong

Amy Corcoran, Senior Advocate, Dandenong

Amy previously worked with the Partners in Recovery program as a peer support facilitator, and joined IMHA as an advocate before commencing the senior advocate role. She has a degree in psychology with honours and has partially completed a doctorate of neuropsychology.

Amy has experience facilitating recovery support groups for people with anxiety. Amy moved into the advocacy field to help protect the rights of people when they may need the most support.

Belind​a Brady, Senior Advocate, Geelong

Belinda is a local to the Barwon-South West region and has a strong passion and commitment to rural health and ensuring locals have access to quality services.

She has 18 years’ experience as a social worker. She has worked with children and families and as a rural social worker throughout Australia and overseas. Before moving to IMHA, Belinda worked at the Epilepsy Foundation in Geelong.

She is an experienced team leader and supervisor with a strong commitment to consumers having their voice heard and given every opportunity to be involved in making decisions about their own treatment and recovery.

Liz Carr

Liz Carr, Senior Advocate, Bendigo

Liz was previously the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), the peak representative body for consumers of mental health services in Victoria.

Liz has over 15 years' experience as a mental health consumer advocate and has worked across both metropolitan and regional Victoria. She has also worked in community development, administrative and editing work across a range of industries.

Lucy Ledger, Senior Advocate, Melbourne

Lucy Ledger​, Senior Advocate, Melbourne

Lucy has had extensive experience in human rights advocacy roles both here and overseas.

Originally an occupational therapist, her most recent role was as a senior technical advisor in disability inclusive development at a not-for-profit international development organisation. She was based in Melbourne, but regularly travelled to Timor-Leste.

She also has worked World Vision and UNICEF in human rights toles in Bangladesh. Read more about Lucy Ledger on the Victoria Legal Aid website.

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Wanda Bennetts, Senior Consumer Consultant, Melbourne

Wanda initially worked as a primary teacher but moved into consumer perspective work in 2000 and since then has held a variety of consumer roles as an educator, advisor and consultant. Her move into mental health came from her desire to positively influence services to improve their systems for people who use them.

Her passions include progressing the consumer workforce, consumer perspective education and training for clinicians, staff and consumers, and advance directives.

Wanda is the author of a research project called Real lives, real jobs which explored issues facing consumer workers including recruitment, retention, education, supervision and career paths and made recommendations to ensure the growth and sustainability of this workforce.