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Our Board of Directors

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Ms Susana Bluwol
– Executive Director, Operations Committee Chair, and Advisory Committee Chair

Susana Bluwol is a Foundation Director of Bipolar Australia and currently serves as Chair of the Operations and Advisory Committees.

Ms Bluwol is an educator, speaker, and peer leader who has presented at national and international conferences and appeared on SBS radio and television. She founded Bipolar Australia in 2014, and continues to use her lived experience of bipolar disorder to guide the organisation’s work. As an immigrant from Argentina, Ms Bluwol has a special interest in incorporating insights from the multifamily therapeutic community model, which was originally developed in Buenos Aires during the 1960s, into Australian best practice for bipolar.


Mr Bernard Mitchell
– Director

Bernard “Bernie” Mitchell was elected as a Director of Bipolar Australia in 2016, and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Mr Mitchell is an author, speaker, and life coach whose autobiography “Bipolar: A Path to Acceptance” has a 4.5 star rating on He has owned and operated successful businesses in the real estate and coaching industries. Mr Mitchell supports Bipolar Australia’s work by combining his professional expertise of business ownership with his personal lived experience of successfully managing mental health challenges.


Ms Caroline van Til
– Director

Caroline van Til, BA, MBA, was appointed as a Director of Bipolar Australia in 2019. She currently serves as a member of the Fundraising Committee.

Ms van Til has over 25 years of experience leading complex business transformation programs across the public, not for profit, and private sectors. She has worked at a senior executive level across a wide range of sectors and industries, including government, not for profit, energy, media, banking, and manufacturing. Ms van Til has a particular interest in supporting charities that work in the fields of mental health, disability, and social exclusion.

Our Advisory Committee


Eileen McDonald

Eileen McDonald is a member of the Advisory Committee. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling, a Graduate Diploma in Dance & Moverment Therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Eileen is a family and carer consultant, trainer, and facilitator of disability and mental health programs. She is a Carers NSW Carer Representative, is on the Mental Health Council of Australia National Register of Consumer and Carer Representatives, is the NSW Carer Representative on the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum and is on several state and national committees and advisory groups. Eileen also serves on the Carers NSW Editorial Committee and Research Working Group.

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