I have been involved in the disability sector for 33 years personally and 25 years professionally. Our son has multiple disabilities which has provided me with a great understanding of the complexities families face when of caring for a child with high needs. In 2012 I became involved with the implementation of the NDIS which commenced in 2013, and have seen great changes during this time. I have worked with many other organisations and government departments on the systemic issues in the NDIS and I hope I have in part made some difference. I believe that personal involvement with disability is an important factor to understand the issues people and families are experiencing and in turn I can provide support to families and their loved ones along their journey. I may not have walked in their shoes but I have certainly travelled the same pathway.
What inspires me to do what I do:
To make a difference not only to the person with disability but to the family. Families often suffer carer burnout when caring for someone with disability, it is important to take an holistic approach to ensure the family is supported whilst caring for their loved one.
The most rewarding part of my role is…
Meeting families and talking to them about caring for themselves. Offering realistic sound advice. Helping people advocate for what they need and ensuring that all families are treated equally.
A fun fact about me:
I love travelling (my wings were clipped for 2 years!), the beach, coffee, bubbles and seeing my family.