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.


Interested in joining the Advisory Committee? SHA are inviting Expressions of Interest. 

Click here to find out more.

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.

Between July 2021 - June 2022, the four founding members, Evan Bichara, Maria Dimopoulos, Kevin Treloar and Hannah Friebel contributed in the following ways:

  • shared their individual stories in the SHA e-news
  • presented to members of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Branch of the Victorian Department of Health
  • 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.

Current SHLEAC Members:

Evan Bichara

Read about Evan here.

Maria Dimopoulous

Read about Maria here.

Kevin Treloar

Read about Kevin here.

SHA's Mental Health Leader Jenny Greenham with former member Hannah Friebel and current members Evan and Maria in 2021.

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