Elvis Caus is a qualified Social Worker who has worked in the field for the last 17 years. His Social Work origins began in Melbourne with Child Protection Services. Later he worked in the United Kingdom for 8 years where he supported children and adults living with disability. Returning to Australia, he chose Sydney as the place to live and worked with a mental health charity for several years before transitioning to a leading HIV charity. At both organisations he held management positions. At the end of 2020 he decided to step-sideways into working directly with clients. Currently, he is the Team Leader and Counsellor at Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN), which specialises in working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Elvis has the privilege of wearing many ‘hats’ including being a Bosnian refugee, arriving in Australia in 1993 with his close family as one of the first refugee arrivals. His father and other male members of his family were survivors of torture and trauma so their post-war PTSD had an impact on all of them as a family, including the others that they managed to bring over to Australia. This personal experience has deepened his understanding of what it is to be a carer for family members with diagnosed mental illness later in their life. Coming from a culturally and linguistically diverse background means he has the experience and understanding of being from another country and integrating into Australian society.
Elvis is a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ rainbow family since coming out as bisexual when he was 18 years old and then transitioning to coming out as a gay man couple of years later. The journey of coming out, being accepted by others, and working towards being part of the general society has been an ongoing process, which he is aware of personally and professionally. His particular interest for social justice, harm minimisation and reduction of stigma has made him passionate for LGBTIQA+ rights, asylum/refugee issues, trauma understanding and a strong advocate for mental health awareness for people of all ages. These life experiences have enriched his knowledge, approach with people and manoeuvring with support services available to those in need.