Media Enquiries

TasCOSS works with journalists to tell the stories of people doing it tough, highlight the causes and effects of poverty, and present smart policies for a better and fairer Tasmania.
Media Spokesperson

TasCOSS is represented in the media by our Chief Executive Officer, Adrienne Picone.

TasCOSS media enquiries (including weekends and out of hours), please contact:

  • Lucinda Szczypior, Manager Advocacy & Communications, on 0438 280 486 or email Lucinda.
  • Cameron Allen, Communications Officer, on 0419 769 253 or email Cameron.
Media Releases

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Case Studies

Tasmanians experiencing poverty and disadvantage are often extremely vulnerable and engaging with media can be daunting.

As a peak body which doesn’t deliver frontline services, TasCOSS is often not in a position to source a case study. If we can’t find you somebody, we will put you in touch with a frontline service or emergency relief provider that is best placed to assist you find a case study with lived experience.

Peak Bodies

For specific comment on specialised issues, you may wish to contact the relevant community services industry peak organisation:

Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Tasmania
Cathy Beswick, State Manager

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) Tasmania
Dr Jackie Hallam, CEO
p (03) 6231 5002

Carers Tasmania (Care2Serve — Carer Gateway)
Dr Samantha Fox, CEO
p (03) 6144 3700

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania
Brigid Wilkinson, Acting CEO
p (03) 6231 3265

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) — Tasmania Branch
Annette Barwick, Branch Executive
(03) 6230 6821

Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT)
Connie Digolis, CEO
p (03) 6224 9222

Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT)
Lee Wilson, CEO
p 6170 9196

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT)
Venéy Hiller, CEO
p (03) 6231 2799

National Disability Services (NDS)
Lizzie Castles, State Manager
p (03) 6212 7300

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT)
Simone Zell, CEO
p (03) 6228 6515

Shelter Tasmania
Pattie Chugg, CEO
p (03) 6224 5488

Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA)
Wendy Kennedy, Executive Officer
p (03) 6254 1489

Volunteering Tasmania (VT)
Shirleyann Varney, CEO
p (03) 6231 5550

Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT)
Tania Hunt, CEO
p (03) 6223 5511