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 Acting CEO, Dr Charlie Burton.

Please note: TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone is taking a three month sabbatical from 1 February 2023 as part of the Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA) program, followed by four weeks annual leave. Adrienne will return to work at the end of May 2023.

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
Renee Malby, State Manager

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) Tasmania
Alison Lai, CEO
p (03) 6231 5002 m 0427 551 600

Carers Tasmania
David Brennan, CEO
p (03) 6231 5507

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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