Housing: the foundation for mental health | Wednesday 19 February 2020
Mental Health Lived Experience Advocate
Elida identifies as a mental health consumer and carer. She has worked for several years in policy, including as Policy and Research Manager, at the Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT). In her 6-month role in 2015 as Acting CEO of MHCT Elida was directly involved in the consultation phase of the Tasmanian Government’s Rethink Mental Health project and in the course of this process led 11 community consultations, mostly with consumers and carers.
Elida was for many years the Tasmanian carer representative on both the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (Carer Co-Chair from 2014 - 2018) and Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). She is a member of the National Register of Consumers and Carers and is a carer representative on several national mental health committees, including the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC). Elida is often invited to speak at events and conferences and in 2019 she presented a keynote address at the 7th Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference in Auckland.
Elida served as Vice President on the Board of Mental Health Families and Friends, Tasmania (then known as Mental Health Carers Tasmania) and has been a board member of the Hobart Women’s Health Centre and Working it Out. She has been involved in community development both in the Blue Mountains in NSW through the Creative Partnerships process and as a researcher on the AIATSIS Cultural Mapping project and was a Sector Development Officer at TasCOSS. Apart from a passion for systemic advocacy of mental health issues, her interests include movement of people through travel, immigration and diaspora and she has completed an MA by research on travel and identity.
Elida currently works in a part-time role in policy and research at the Drug Education Network, Tasmania and continues to provide consultancy work, primarily in the area of mental health.