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.

We are represented in the media by our CEO, Adrienne Picone.

Please note: Adrienne is currently on annual leave from and will be returning to work on Wednesday 4 October 2023. During this time, Dr Charlie Burton will be Acting CEO and media spokesperson.

For 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.

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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
Alison Lai, CEO
p (03) 6231 5002 m 0427 551 600

Carers Tasmania
Dr Samantha Fox, CEO
p (03) 6144 3700

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania
Craig Chadwick, CEO
p (03) 6231 3265

Families & Children Tasmania
Caroline Brown, Chair

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

Multicultural Council of Tasmania
Lee Wilson, CEO
m 0408 638 297

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

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
Michael Gordon, A/CEO

Shelter Tasmania
Pattie Chugg, CEO
p (03) 6224 5488 m 0419 536 100

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Heather Sculthorpe, CEO
p (03) 6234 0700

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

Volunteering Tasmania
Shirleyann Varney, CEO

Youth Network of Tasmania
Tania Hunt, CEO
p (03) 6223 5511 m 0427 466 189

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