I am a qualified Social Worker and member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). I also hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
In 2016 I founded SMArties: Sydney SMA Club for people living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and their families.
Also in 2016 I worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation as Principle Project Manager and MC for the Building for the Future Neuromuscular Conference.
My story A self-directed model changed my life was published by JFA Purple Orange in their 100 Leaders Project
From 2013 – 2016 I was appointed to be a Living Life My Way Champion by the Minister for Ageing, Disability and Home Care and I gave over 30 presentations to groups about self-directed supports and individualised funding.
From 2014 – 2016 I was My Choice Matters, Senior Facilitator where I managed and facilitated 14 leadership training programs across NSW for people with disability.
From 2013 – 2016 I was a Board Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW.
When I worked at the NSW Ombudsman I designed and conducted Disability Awareness Training internal training program for 200+ staff members. The feedback on this work has been overwhelmingly positive and I continue it today in a consultancy basis and for the NSW Ombudsman’s community education team (for internal staff and other government and non-government agencies).
During my time at the NSW Ombudsman I wrote The Rights Stuff Toolkit: Tips for Making a Complaint and Resolving Problems
In 2008 I worked with the Social Policy and Research Centre to Co-author, Attendant Care Program Direct Funding Pilot Project Evaluation Final Report for DADHC NSW; This work was also published in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences in 2011.
I was a Finalist at the Inaugural National Disability Awards in 2007.
From 2001 – 2013 I worked for the NSW Public Service in the following roles:
- Lifetime Care & Support Authority, Senior Service Development & Review Officer
- NSW Public Guardian, Manager, Information and Support
- NSW Ombudsman, Community Education Officer
- TAFE NSW, Northern Sydney Institute, Part-time teacher
I worked as a casual Lecturer in the School of Applied Social & Human Sciences, teaching disability studies at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur from 1997 – 2006.
When graduating from the University of Western Sydney I was presented with the Faculty Award for academic excellence, professional skills & contribution to University and Community in 1997.
I wrote my Honours thesis on The Use of Disability Theory in Practice in 1996, receiving a High Distinction for my work.