The Change MakersSatellite Squad
Satellite Squad is a youth group that gives kids age 10—15 (approx) a voice to express their personal and shared experiences with and around mental health/mental illness. Lead by Satellite’s Youth Ambassador and Peer Leader Jodie Hinton our hope is that this group will inspire resilience and connection for those who are involved and offer a space to make friends, meet peers and contribute creatively and actively to the conversation surrounding mental health in a broader community.
Support & AwarenessOur Ambassadors
Our Youth Ambassadors
Jodie is a youth worker for children in out of home care and has been volunteering since she was 14 years old with families who have a parent with a mental illness. It was through this volunteering that Jodie found herself part of the Satellite family! Since joining Satellite as a Youth Ambassador Jodie has had a huge role in leading our camps, co-facilitating workshops and will now lead our Satellite Squids. With an unbeatable passion for helping people, Jodie’s dream for the future is to run recreational camps for at risk young people.
Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning author & musician. As The Bedroom Philosopher he had a songwriting series on Triple J and his CD Songs From The 86 Tram was nominated for an ARIA. His first book Funemployed: Life as an Artist in Australia saw Justin interview over 100 creative people to see what made them work. His latest book Get Up Mum is about Justin’s life as a child carer for his mentally ill mum.
Eliza Henry Jones
Eliza Henry-Jones is the author of Ache and In the Quiet, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and longlisted for the ABIA and Indie Book Awards. Her latest book, P is for Pearl, is her first novel for young adults. She herself has also been impacted by parental substance abuse and mental illness. She lives on a small farm in the Yarra Valley.
Brad is a Satellite Foundation and beyondblue ambassador and is passionate about continuing the vital communication surrounding mental health. Brad is a sports journalist and tv and radio presenter and loves meeting people, hearing their stories and telling their stories. As he often says, “everyone has a story to tell, you just have to find out what it is”. His three greatest loves are family, the Carlton FC, and cooking.
Making it happenOur Staff
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Henry von Doussa
Henry von Doussa is a social researcher for La Trobe University at both The Bouverie Centre and The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). Much of this work is in supporting families to build and maintain relationships that work well for everyone in the family unit. This whole-of-family approach is integral to Henry's work. Henry grew up in a family where there was mental illness and has a good understanding of what kids need. He also understands some of the constraints and difficulties facing parents and caregivers. Henry is kind, approachable and he knows that all families are doing their best and wish the best for their children.
Addy Dunkley Smith
Addy has always been passionate about giving back to the community. In 2016 she began her involvement with Satellite because her values and goals aligned with that of the organisation. Addy contributes regularly as a peer facilitator, program consultant and in sharing her lived experience. In her past she competed at several world championships on the Australian National Rowing Team. Addy is currently studying for her doctorate in clinical psychology at Deakin University. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling to exotic places. Addy’s ideal Friday night is a home cooked meal and watching reality TV (a guilty pleasure).
Program Support and Operations Manager
Vision & GuidanceOur Board
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Gill has a background in working with small and medium size businesses in the public and private sectors, designing and administering financial solutions. Gill is passionate about supporting the development of a sustainable organisation that is pivotal in empowering young people to transform their lives. In her spare time, Gill volunteers as a cook at the Darebin Community Kitchen.
CO-FOUNDER and DIRECTOR
Dom de Stefani
Beth Wilson AM
On 1 May 1997 until December 2012 Beth Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner. She is a lawyer by training and has worked mainly in administrative law. Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal and ethical issues. Prior to becoming Health Services Commissioner, Beth was the President of the Mental Health Review Board, a Senior Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Board and WorkCare Appeals Board and a past President of the Victorian Branch of ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law). From 2007 until 2012 Beth was a member of the Disability Services Board. A member of Breacan Advisory Group (now called Counterpart) from 2013 until 2018, Beth has a longstanding interest in women’s health issues, particularly reproductive health and cancer.
Beth is currently a Legal Member, Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria and Patron for the Continence Foundation of Australia, The Satellite Foundation and Acting Chairperson of WildatHeart.. Beth is Ambassador for Kindred Clubhouse , Chair of the Safer Families CRE Advisory Group (Melbourne University Centre of Research Excellence) and Independent Chair of the Travancore Royal Children’s Hospital Community Reference Group . She is a partner in a health consultancy business Wilson and Webster and sole owner of Lawfully Funny.
Beth has received several important awards in recognition of her achievements. These include:
- 2002 - Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievements and inspirational leadership
- 2003 - Centenary Medal for services to health
- 2004 - An Honorary Doctorate from RMIT for contributions to health education
- 2008 - Induction onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for services to women’s health in Victoria
- 2013-Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services.
Beth is a public speaker providing seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, carers, health service providers, business and others. She loves humour, story telling, art and music and her favourite topics are inspirational leadership, promoting positive culture change in organisations, the importance of team work. Beth is a keen, active supporter of community based arts programmes.