Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC)

Spiritual Health Association founded a Spiritual Health Lived Experience Advisory Committee (SHLEAC) in response to the release of the Royal Commission into Victorian Mental Health Services report.

Read the SHLEAC Vision and Purpose Statement.


SHLEAC was established in 2021 to influence, guide and co-design mental health reform towards a more holistic compassionate person-centred model of care where spirituality and spiritual care are embedded in service delivery models. Since then, SHLEAC have worked solidly with SHA's Mental Health Leader to announce themselves to the mental health reform space. 

In 2022 SHLEAC established the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Network, a community of people who identify as having lived or living experience as a consumer or carer to collaborate with SHLEAC and SHA in our advocacy work. Click here to find out more / join the Spiritual Health Lived Experience Network.

In April SHLEAC hosted an online Meet & Greet evening for their Spiritual Health Lived Experience Network members. Click here to read more about it.

SHLEAC Members:

Over recent months, SHLEAC has farewelled two of its founding members; Hannah Friebel and Kevin Treloar, whose outstanding contributions helped to lay the very strong foundations that will inform our work moving forward. 

Together with Evan Bichara and Maria Dimopoulos, we have welcomed Tess Marotta and Betty Do to continue the work. Both Tess and Betty bring a rich blend of experience and practice wisdom that will positively enhance the next unfolding of SHLEAC and our unified vision for mental health care that includes spirituality and spiritual care as foundational to all modern and responsive healthcare services.  

Evan Bichara

Founding member

Read about Evan here.

Maria Dimopoulous

Founding member

Read about Maria here.

Tess Marotta

Member since February 2023

Read more about Tess here.

Betty Do

Member since April 2023.

Read more about Betty here.

For more information about SHLEAC contact SHA's Mental Health Leader, Jenny Greenham at mentalhealth@spiritualhealth.org.au.