My work in the disability sector began 14 years ago when I returned to university to study Occupational Therapy. While studying, I worked with a group of people with visual impairments who were living in aged care facilities, helping to build their capacity to live independently. I worked with these individuals from the beginning of their journey through the transition into their new homes in the community. This remains one of my most memorable and rewarding experiences.
I have a very varied work history including: working for several years with an NGO in Viet Nam that provided medical care and education to children; support work for children and adults with a range of needs; and community based & school based occupational therapy. In my last role, I was managing a large community access program that included weekend programs, school holiday programs, camping stays and three out of school hours care programs.
I am a passionate advocate for social inclusion and community participation. My decision to move into support coordination was prompted by my enthusiasm for the possibilities of the NDIS and my desire to work with people to ensure the best outcomes for individuals and their families. I have built a sound knowledge of the NDIS and its principles and continually increase my networks to ensure current information of available services, new providers and initiatives.
Outside of work, I enjoy having adventures with my family and our two dogs, cooking up a storm, learning new things and challenging myself to try new things.