Support Coordination Team
Aaron is passionate about achieving great outcomes within the field of disability services. With a University degree in Sociology Aaron is excited to use those skills to help individuals better access the community and to achieve the best results possible.
Adrienne has over 15 years experience working in education This included the design and production of accessible digital content for the Deakin University’s division of Equity and Diversity. Whilst there, she took on a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), which is still in progress. Adrienne’s greatest pleasure is interacting with participants, and she is passionate about empowering people to reach their goals. Adrienne takes great pride in her ability to apply her lateral thinking to achieve the best results possible.
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.
Ann has been an experienced disability support worker for over 6 years, working to a therapeutic approach with both young adults and children, who reside in out of home care. Ann’s main focus is on children with backgrounds in trauma, ASD, physical and intellectual disabilities, helping them to reach their goals, through growth and development. Ann holds Certificate IV in Disability as well as Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention. Ann is passionate about empowering the participant to build the best plan for themselves, she is also highly motivated to achieve the best outcomes for participants and their families and is excited to join them on their journey to live their best life.
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.
Claire has 8 years experience working in community support, mental health, disability and Department of Justice. She is an enrolled Nurse and is currently completing her Degree in Social Work/Health Science, which is where her passions lie! She loves being part of the journey of helping each client live the best life they can and being an integral part of our community.
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.
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.
Fiona’s bio is coming soon.
Support Coordinator /Behaviour Support Practitioner
Georgina is a Social Worker with over twenty years experience working with families, the mental health sector and in community health. Georgina has recently gained a Masters of Mental Health (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies). She enjoys collaborating with families and systems and takes a strength based approach that focuses on the unique situation, hopes and goals of those involved. She has two children, a menagerie of animals and enjoys reading, the beach, film, music and chocolate.
Support Coordinator / Early Intervention Key Worker
Jackie has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, and have extensive experience working as a Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 13 years. During this time Jackie has developed a strong set of skills to support the varying needs of children and families, and established detailed understanding of early child development, working with vulnerable families, and the school transition process. Jackie recognises the importance of the family in a child’s learning and development, and is passionate about ensuring children and families feel involved and empowered.
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.
Jenn brings over 20 years experience supporting her local community members in a variety of settings. With experience in early childhood education, medical reception and customer service, she is passionate about supporting families of young children through their journeys with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and other unexpected challenges. Her passion for valuable connections has roots in witnessing successes in early intervention. Jenn’s favourite quote is ‘It takes a community to raise a child.’
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.
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.
With qualifications and experience in early childhood, special education, social work and allied health (physiotherapy), Magdalena also bring over 20 years of relevant industry experience across a range of roles. She has a keen understanding of the requirements of individuals with additional needs, their families and carers, supporting them to improve their engagement within the community and their lifelong wellbeing. She appreciates the importance of working with people with complex needs on their level and empowering them as much as possible to make their own choices and gain a higher level of independence in as many areas of their life as possible.
SLES Officer and Finding and Keeping a Job Officer
Mary has a sound understanding of the disability sector, support options and NDIS developed over many years of experience both in state schools and private schools as a Pathways Support Officer and through qualifications. Mary has always made it a priority to support students with a disability into employment and community based services as it supports their economic and social participation. Mary is passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, helping them to build independence and skills and to participate in further education, training and employment enhancing opportunities for greater community involvement and personal wellbeing.
Morgan holds a certificate IV in Youth Work from RMIT University and a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention through Melbourne Polytechnic. Morgan has been working in the disability sector for 5+ years providing support to young people residing in out of home care as well as child and youth with high risk behaviours in their family home. She has worked closely with NDIS and DHHS and feels passionate about providing services to those most vulnerable and at risk within our community. Morgan works with a therapeutic and holistic approach and believes that as an advocate, she can make a difference to those that have difficulty finding their voice.
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.
Nicola is a part of our talented Colac team. Nicola will share her experiences soon. Stay tuned.
Support Coordinator / Employment Assistance
Renee has extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of Disability Employment, working with high needs participants, liaising with participant families, community agencies , employers and other professionals. Renee has a good understanding of the disability sector and available support options developed over the many years of experience as a DES Consultant promoting participants to community based services, employers and health professionals. Renee is passionate about making a difference and improving the life of an individual with disability, through inclusiveness within the community and meeting their desired outcomes.
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 .
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.