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Christos Iliopoulos
Founder and Director
 
Freedom Housing is the brainchild of Christos Iliopoulos, a Melbourne educator and philosophical counsellor, who - with the assistance of personal carers and his children - cared for his late wife Pamela.

Like others who have partners with disabilities he was shocked and saddened to find that the options available to Pamela when her symptoms worsened - in her late 40's - were: to stay at home and receive inadequate care or to be relinquished to an aged-care facility or group accommodation facility where her care came at the expense of living in a custodial institution with strangers, a long distance from loved ones, and with the loss of her privacy and the restriction of her personal freedom. 
 
There was no middle option available. Christos set out to find the middle option, and in so doing, designed Freedom Housing.
 
In 2010 when Pamela was receiving 24/7 high-care in their modified home in Williamstown, Christos promised that he would do his utmost to see the Freedom Housing concept take physical form.
 
Christos moved from Melbourne in 2016 and has settled down in the town of Maffra, in Central Gippsland Victoria. Maffra is a wonderfully accessible town for those with disabilities. There, he is continuing his work as a philosophical counsellor. Christos launched the first Philosophical Counselling clinic in Australia, in Williamstown in 2007.
 
Philosophical Counselling is wisdom-based life guidance, which aims for eudaemonia (contentment and human flourishing). Client individuals and families consult with Christos to address a wide range of issues, including depression, addiction, relationship problems, loss, career direction, anxiety, self-esteem, and disability. 
 
Christos is playing an active part in his adopted supportive rural community. The community which chose to help make Pamela's dream a reality for their loved ones.
 

 

 

Katherine Elise Iliopoulos
Honorary Advisor and Legal Consultant
 
Katherine was her late mother's carer for many years. She draws from her personal experience when advocating for personal care and housing solutions for persons with disabilities.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a degree in Science majoring in Physics, and a degree in Law, Katherine was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria. She began her career in 2005 as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where she worked for three years before embarking on a Master of Laws in Public International Law.

In 2008, towards the end of her studies for her Master of Laws at the University of Leiden (Netherlands), Katherine was recruited to work for defence counsel, appearing before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague Netherlands.
 
After a year in Paris learning French and writing legal essays and commentaries in her capacity as journalist and editor for the Crimes of War Project, she returned to The Hague in 2011 as legal adviser at an international criminal tribunal.

In 2013 Katherine returned to Australia and has been assisting her father Christos to develop and to promote Freedom Housing.
 

 

Pamela Maree Iliopoulos (née Fry)  1956 - 2012

Pamela was born at the Sunshine Hospital and grew up in Tottenham where her parents owned and operated a newsagency.
 
Her mother was a Govan: a family of Scottish origin. The Govans operated bluestone quarries in Footscray from the 1850's. Pamela's father was a WWII US soldier from Kansas City Missouri. Christmas holidays were spent relaxing on the Rye foreshore. 
 
Pamela studied American History and English Literature at La Trobe University where she met Christos who was studying Philosophy and Art. After graduating, Pamela attended the University of Melbourne where she studied Librarianship. She was employed as a Commonwealth public servant. 
 
Soon after the birth of her second child at the age of twenty-four, Pamela was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She is the inspiration for Freedom Housing. It is the manifestation of Pamela's vision for dignified and empowering 24/7 high-care delivered in an authentic home setting, close to family and friends.
 
Even in her darkest hour, Pamela could see by the light of her heart. She was courageous, supportive, good humoured, generous, optimistic, life-affirming, and cheerful. She is sadly missed by all who knew, loved, and cared for her. 
 
Freedom Housing is the model of private housing and care Pamela had sought for herself and for her family. This radically family-centred model of care is dedicated to Pamela: it is her loving legacy.