I spent almost 10 years working on Matthew Talbot Soup Van in Melbourne during the 1990s. This is my only involvement, every week on a Thursday night.
My father was a long term member of the society when I was growing up (in Sale, Gippsland) and my father in law is the head of a chapter near Pakenham, and has been for the past 20 years.
I am currently on the board of Companion House, medical and counselling service for survivors of victims of torture and trauma (specifically refugees and asylum seekers) here in Canberra. I am currently the CEO of Palliative Care Australia and prior to this appointment worked as director of strategic policy for Catholic Health Australia for the past seven years, and was instrumental in forming the social determinants of health alliance (of which Vinnies are a member) and edited two books on the subject: ”Social Determinants of health- a fair go and health for all” and “Exploring the Connections: Catholic Social Teaching and social determinants of health.