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MHFA Policy and Publications Committee

Alexander Lisov

Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Alexander Lisov has been passionately involved in helping mental health and wellbeing causes for over five years. His drive and energy have resulted in Alexander overseeing successful fundraising, as well as educational and policy initiatives in this time. 

In his current position as Chairperson of the Policy & Publications Committee at the Mental Health Foundation Australia, Alexander will guide the Foundation to fulfil its research and publication objectives. Past roles include Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Committee (2018 & 2019) which saw him lead the creation of the Future Leaders’ Conference and Youth Conference. These platforms created an environment for robust discussion for critical sector reform. Subsequently, the Youth Advisory Committee expanded into the Youth Ambassador Program, in which Alexander acted as Advisor in 2020 to assist in the Program's strategic direction. Alexander strongly believes that education will continue to be an important driver to build a broader culture of awareness and acceptance which will ultimately improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for society’s most vulnerable, and the prevention of youth suicide.

Emily Wong

Co-Vice Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Emily is a committed secondary school teacher in Melbourne. More aptly, a learner from, and listener to today’s young people. She is a steadfast advocate for youth mental health, and keen to foster resilience and emotional intelligence in tomorrow’s think-leaders and doers.

She will commence her Masters of Youth Mental Health at University of Melbourne in 2022, focussing on the structures and proactive interventions that can protect vulnerable youth. As a Policy and Publications Committee member, Emily looks forward to collaborating on meaningful and practical policies that will support positive mental health outcomes for the community.

Tom Bukolt

Co-Vice Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Tom is an advocate of ambitious and effective mental health policy from Melbourne, with a focus in youth mental health. He is currently working in the superannuation industry, where he is involved in helping and fostering everyday Australians in their financial wellbeing. As part of the Policy and Publications Committee, Tom is seeking to collaborate with the Mental Health Foundation Australia and stakeholders in the community and in expert fields to make positive change in the mental health system. 

Ron Genin

Policy & Publications Committee Member, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Ron Genin was a former Project Officer at the Mental Health Foundation Australia. He was a member of staff during the 2019 Mental Health Month, organising many of the youth oriented events as part of the month. He is currently working in the financial services industry while undertaking his Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Ron also helped to co-author the Foundation's Policy Paper on Youth Mental Health.

Tia Van Heurck

Policy & Publications Committee Member, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Tia is currently completing her Honours year in Psychology at Monash University. Simultaneously, she works as a research and design intern at an executive coaching firm, helping to deliver psychology-based practice in organisational settings. Before this, she had worked as a junior in recruitment throughout her undergraduate degree. Having had research placements in sleep, exercise, neuroimaging and industry, Tia has come to understand how an individual’s mental health is influenced by a range of factors and a similar integrated approach is the way forward in treating ill-health. Advocating for this is a key interest of hers. More so, through her first-hand experience of being a young person in such unprecedented times, she has a broadened awareness of the true impact of the mental health crisis on young people in this country. Tia brings along a passion for policy and mental health, as well as an academic perspective and insight.

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