Conference Committee

Lyn Morgain
CEO, cohealth


Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth, one of Australia's largest community health organisations servicing Melbourne's inner northern and western metropolitan suburbs. Lyn is a board member of VICSERV and is the Chair of the National Complex Needs Alliance of the Public Health Association of Australia and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

She has been an executive leader in public policy, not for profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years, her interests include the impact of discrimination and marginalisation on health and the role of advocacy in the development of equitable public policy and consumer led practice. She is passionate about strength based approaches that engender community ownership and control over service design, development and delivery. As part of the leadership of cohealth she is responsible for supporting the delivery of a diverse range of complex service models that engage communities with poor health status, utilising a social model of health. Increasingly these programs are integrated, locally orientated and designed in partnership with consumers.

Lyn has extensive experience in the initiation and execution of community alliances aimed at effecting change, at the local, state and national level.

Jennifer Beveridge
CEO, Eating Disorders Victoria


Jennifer commenced as Chief Executive Officer at EDV in February 2012. Since then she has contributed to policy development, advocacy, service development and community awareness to improve responses to eating disorders in Victoria. She works with a broad range of stakeholders, including government, community services, and service providers. For the past 12 years Jennifer has held senior management roles overseeing early years, community development, settlement, mental health and drug & alcohol services.

Jennifer's qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech pathology), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management (Strategic Foresight).

Indigo Daya - to Dec 2015
Consumer representative

Indigo Daya is a recovery expert by experience and an advocate for positive change in mental health led by people with lived experience. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University. Previous roles have included  General Manager of Consumer Leadership and Advocacy at Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria; Program Manager of Voices Vic, an award-winning consumer-led recovery program at Prahran Mission, and an internationally recognised trainer, speaker, writer and consultant in mental health.

Indigo's experience covers a broad range of fields, including training, group work, human resources, marketing, team leadership, project management, visual arts, fundraising, keywork, peer work and community development work. She regularly speaks at conferences across Australia and in the UK.

Indigo has lived experience of recovery from childhood trauma and being diagnosed with mental illness. She has 11 years of experience as a consumer of mental health services. She has studied recovery practice, community work, psychology, business, management, visual arts, and has a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment.

Dr Margaret Grigg PhD, MS(Health Policy and Administration), MBio, BA, RN, RPN - to Feb 2016

Margaret is currently Acting Director Mental Health at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She is an experienced mental health professional with a demonstrated record of success in strategic leadership, operations, policy and program development, and research and evaluation. Margaret was the Deputy Chief Executive of Mind Australia, and prior to this, she worked for the Victorian Department of Health as a senior executive. She is vice-president of the Kyneton District Health Service Board.

Julien McDonald

Biography to come.

George Osman

Director, Community Access & Partnerships, Monash Health


George has worked in mental health services for 39 years and has held senior executive positions over the past 27 years and is currently the Operations Director, Community, Access and Partnerships at Monash Health.


George has previously held directors positions within Eastern Health, Melbourne Health and was an Advocate/Guardian, in the Office of the Public Advocate, Attorney Generals Department. He is a Registered Nurse and his experience is supported by a Diploma of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Health Administration. He is an Associate Fellow in the College of Health Service Executives and is a National and International Coordinator for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards.

Peter Waters - From Mar 2016

CEO, Ermha Ltd.

Peter has been involved in the design, development and delivery of community support services, targeting our most marginalised and disadvantaged citizens, for 34 years. 

Peter has influenced the establishment and development of a number of community sector services and initiatives in the areas of youth support, housing, homelessness, substance use and abuse, mental health and employment. Peter began his career in the community sector in a Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) and has held Youth Worker, Social Worker, Manager and Program Director roles with a number of organisations. 

Peter was appointed to take up the newly created role of CEO of Eastern Regions Mental Health Association Incorporated (ERMHA Inc.) in 1998.

As the CEO of what is now Ermha Ltd., Peter has led the building of a diverse range of services for and with people living with a severe and enduring mental illness and or disability in Melbourne’s South East and more recently in the Barwon region. 

Through his involvement on state-wide and specialist Boards, advisory groups and working groups, Peter has maintained a focus on improving service planning and delivery and in creating partnership approaches across the various components of the Mental Health and Community Care sectors.