Support Coordination Team
Aaron has knowledge of Specialist Disability Accommodation and has had success in assisting participants to modify their own homes to suit their needs. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology is always looking to improve and get the best outcome for participants and their families.
Alana completed her Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at RMIT University, and has 8 years experience in the disability and mental health sector. Alana has experience working with adults who present with complex behaviours, ASD, trauma, mental illness and intellectual disability. Alana is passionate about working with people to understand who they are, supporting them to reach their goals, and empowering them to live their best life. Outside of work, Alana loves cooking, doing home renovations, travelling and watching movies.
Anna has extensive knowledge and experience in the disability sector (16 years) as well as Department of Justice. She has primarily worked in the role of providing support and assistance to each person so that they may achieve / reach their personal goals – whether it be in employment, education, health & welfare, housing, registering with Centrelink and other government departments, referring to medical and other professional providers. Anna loves being able to contribute, guide, support and work alongside each one of her participants. Anna is also a Justice of the Peace and provides her services within the Geelong community when required.
Charlotte is a highly motivated individual with experience in both the welfare sector and real estate industry and joins Access Your Supports with a thirst to help participants achieve their NDIS goals. Charlotte holds a Certificate IV in Community Services and has volunteered in the past working and supporting at-risk families with a whole-of-family approach. Charlotte enjoys bushwalking, watching Netflix and cooking in her downtime.
Chlea is extremely passionate about and has been working in the Disability Industry for 5 years. Her experience has come from being a Carer/Support Worker, working in the NDIS office, and now as a Support Coordinator. Working at the NDIS helped in providing Chlea with the knowledge needed to help participants understand and best utilise the funding in their plan. Chlea enjoys working with people of all ages to reach their maximum potential, achieve their goals and find the right providers. Outside of work Chlea loves animals, anything nature wise and yoga.
Specialist Support Coordination
Claire is extremely passionate about the industry having worked in the field for over 11 years. She believes highlighting the strengths of each individual in a respectful and equal way can assist them to reach incredible outcomes. Claire is a qualified Social Worker, registered with the AASW and an Enrolled Nurse, registered with APRHA. Claire brings a wealth of knowledge specifically in Mental Health, Health/Neuro, Trauma, AOD/Dual diagnosis, Adolescence and the Justice systems. Outside of work Claire is an active person, loves to cook and go camping!
Dale possesses a qualification in community services and comes to us with 16 years experience working in the disability service at GENU. Dale has been working as a Training and Support Officer, supervising supported employees. Dale also has lived experience with disability.
Daniel completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work in 2016. Daniel has also undertaken integration work within the school environment and was involved in a hands-on learning program for disengaged youths. Daniel seeks to support individuals as they grow and learn, connecting them with the services they need to achieve their goals.
Support Coordinator/Psychosocial Recovery Coach
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Duncan has worked in a variety of fields over his professional career which include arts, leadership, coaching, community cultural planning and development, and business and strategic planning. Through these experiences Duncan has been exposed to people with disabilities and also possesses lived experience with disability. Along with Support Coordination, Duncan will also be undertaking a Psychosocial Recovery Coach role. Through this role Duncan will work with participants to help them live a full and contributing life.
Emil has a bachelor in Psychological Science and has experience supporting Participants as a peer mentor. He enjoys art, music, pokemon, soccer, basketball, bike riding and animals. Emil is passionate about seeing change and progress in his Participants. He enjoys being able to help Participants build their capacity and trying to improve their quality of life.
Hally is a qualified social worker who holds a Bachelor of Social Work along with a Masters of Humanitarian Assistance. An African by decent Hally speaks two United Nations International Languages (French and English), along with other local dialects. Hally is thankful for a fresh start in Australia after surviving the upheavals that come with being a refugee. Hally is an extremely passionate person with extensive skills in social developments and community services organisations which include disability, mental health, and refugee/assylum seeker programs. Hally has been a successful Support Coordinator since 2018 thanks to his ability to actively listen, be diligent in his work, and be a team player.
Jasmine has much lived experience with disability. She understands the challenges that come with sourcing the right supports, and how important it is for families and individuals living with disability to feel empowered and encouraged. Her passion is being able to help families and considers it to be a privilege to be able to assist them along their journey. Jasmine is acutely aware of how diet, and a healthy gut plays a significant role in behaviour. She knows the importance of educating children about eating the right foods, and living a sustainable and holistic lifestyle.
Jenna has worked in the disability field for 4 years, working with a range of individuals both as a direct support worker and as a support coordinator. She holds a bachelor of health science, with majors in nutrition and health promotion. She is passionate about working together with participants to improve their confidence and ability to navigate the NDIS, and get the most out of their funding. Jenna has established networks within the Geelong region and understands the importance of linking participants into their local communities. Outside of work, Jenna loves getting outdoors and enjoys hiking and camping.
Jill has worked within the welfare and disability sector for the last 30 years. Jill’s passion for community and a love for seeing people reach their potential drove her to pursure careers in Early Childhood, Youth Work, and Support Coordination. Jill’s goal is to work with participants to build skills and self-confidence. In her downtime Jill enjoys art, nature and meditation along with attending live music events and watching movies.
Jodie has extensive experience in community services working for over 15 years in a variety of roles and completing work related courses including; a double diploma in Community Services; Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Jodie’s previous employment has included working as Case Manager for a disability employment service assisting job seekers with complex needs, working in the community teaching refugees conversational English, and more recently, working for the NDIS developing and implementing participant plans. Jodie has exceptional knowledge of the supports available in Geelong and is an avid networker. She is passionate about supporting participants to be valued members of society and to have meaningful lives. She believes it is critical to enable participants to be educated and informed in order to bring their NDIS plan to life and det the most out of the supports available.
Support Coordinator (Mildura)
Kathie has been Nursing for 25 plus years, caring for all age groups in and out of the hospital settings. She is working for the Royal Flying Doctors in assisting and caring for people in the Mildura region. Kathie has a Diploma for Child Youth and Family Interventions and has worked for Mallee Family Care as a group facilitator with young families. Kathie has a personal passion with Autism as she has a son with Aspergers. She enjoys a challenge and her family work together as a team to get through day to day life’s activities.
Michelle has been in the disability sector for over 3 years starting out as a support worker and then managing the Barwon region for Autism Spectrum Australia. Michelle has extensive experience with participants with Autism, especially children. Michelle has a passion for empowering participants to achieve their goals. When not at work Michelle loves yoga, cooking and travelling the world.
Support Coordinator (SUNSHINE COAST)
Natalie has over 10 years experience working in the disability employment sector. Natalie has also worked as an Educational Disability Support Worker within an adult classroom environment. Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and is passionate about providing a holistic approach to wellness and mental health.
Support Coordinator (COLAC)
Through personal experience and genuinely wanting to see people experience fulfillment Nicola is passionate about supporting people to have outcomes that are meaningful to them. Nicola’s goal of offering a person-centered approach foremost is to ensure people are supported to be understood, respected and given every opportunity to achieve goals at the pace the person needs to embrace their life, rolling with resistance as/when required. Nicola is motivated and enjoys matching people to supports and environments, through taking the time to sit with people and reflect on what is happening for them. Nicola has volunteered in community programs, aged care and has a background and education with experience of supporting people with dual diagnosis/AOD, mental health intellectual disability, ABI, stroke and debilitating diseases. Identifying strengths and working with their ability to see someone grow and realize their personal identity keeps Nicola proactively working in this vocation.
Samantha brings her passion for advocacy to her role at AYS. She has several years Departmental experience working in housing and homelessness , and extensive experience with public health and disability care. She also has lived experience with Autism and navigating the NDIS . Sam draws on her broad experience where she previously worked in communications, to help negotiate and advocate for clients . She is committed to person centred care being at the forefront of all her planning. Sam has a Cert IV and Diploma in Community Services, and is an accredited mental health first aid care giver . She’s a Mum to three busy kids, including one with special needs . In her spare time she mentors at risk youth , loves to cook and watching her boys play footy .
Specialist Support Coordination
Stephen has come from an education background and became interested in support coordination after going through the process of accessing the NDIS and appropriate supports with a member of his own family. Stephen is enthusiastic and personable, priding himself on building trusting relationships with colleagues and participants alike.
Support Coordinator (COLAC)