Challenging Behaviour is communication

We listen to you. We help you build more skills, more freedom and more social connections so you can live without restrictive practices.

Challenging Behaviour is communication

We listen to you. We help you build more skills, more freedom and more social connections so you can live without restrictive practices.

Our Why

Freedom and social connection for people with disability.

Our How

We provide easy access to life-changing Positive Behaviour Support.

We take the stress out of the NDIS. Great customer service and no long waiting lists.

We build powerful systems that free us to focus on people.

We invest heavily in training and clinical supervision.

We share our learning and support the growth of new behaviour support organisations.

Our What

We are a team of allied health professionals, psychologists, behaviour analysts, and social workers who practice person-centred positive behaviour support.

We provide NDIS participants with functional behaviour assessments, behaviour support plans, training, coaching, and psychological services.

Key factors in our service include:

  • Person-Centred practice: we listen, and we build supports, based on your values, goals, strengths and needs
  • Function-based services: we use ABA to build services that are functional, and effective in meeting your goals
  • Challenging behaviour: we measurably reduce challenging behaviour by building new skills and supports that match your needs
  • Restrictive practices: we manage, reduce and eliminate restrictive practices and empower people to lead freer and more socially connected lives.

    Our values

    Respect, Excellence, Collaboration, Innovation

    Our Team

    Abel Fusire

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Townsville, QLD

    • Master of Rural Generalist Practice (JCU)
    • Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice (JCU)
    • Graduate Certificate in Disability Policy and Practice (La Trobe University)
    • Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) (JCU)
    • BSc (Behavioural Studies) (Swinburne University of Technology)
    • BSc Political Science and Conflict Studies (Stockholm University)
    • Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
    • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Certification Level 1
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Certification Level 1
    • Full Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
    • Full Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

    Abel is an accredited Rural Generalist (Social Worker) and a qualified mental health practitioner based in North Queensland. Abel finds fulfilment in supporting individuals with complex trauma, PTSD, and physical and intellectual disabilities. Abel works from a person-centred, strength-based, culturally sensitive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed practice framework. Abel acknowledges that individuals know what is best for themselves and have the agency to influence outcomes when provided with appropriate person-centred support.

    Akanksha Chhettri

    Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner 
    Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
    Team Leader
    Sydney, NSW

    Preferred pronouns: She/ Her

    Akanksha Nayar Chhettri is a Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She has previously worked at a centre in India from 2014 until 2018 and moved to Ghana in May of 2018 where she served as the Senior Clinical Supervisor at Autism Compassion Africa until 2021. When she first moved to Ghana she was one of two BCBAs in all of West Africa (which is roughly the size of the United States). Her responsibilities included helping run the centre in Cape Coast and to also do consultation work for clients in Nigeria. She is now a board member of Autism Compassion Africa.

    Over her time in the field, she has developed a keen interest in international dissemination, staff training, autism advocacy, social justice and decolonization of systems. She believes that ABA as a discipline requires a multicultural ethos to help shape what is being built; the more perspectives that contribute to the growth, the more dynamic and multifaceted the field can be.

    Akanksha enjoys stimulating conversations and meeting people that help broaden her perspective of the world. She is also a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Akino Ogawa

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Master of Creative Music Therapy (Western Sydney University, 2015)
    • Bachelor of Social Science and Policy, Major in International Development (University of New South Wales, 2010)
    • Australian Music Therapy Association

    Akino has been working within the disability sector, originally as a Registered Music Therapist, since 2015 with a focus on social and cultural inclusion, which forms a strong backbone in her work. Akino is passionate about working collaboratively with clients, families and their support network to find strengths based solutions to enable individuals to live a fulfilling life.

    Alex Bell

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Psychology, Honours (Macquarie University, 2017)
    • Master's of Psychology, Forensic (UNSW, 2020)

    Alex is a registered Forensic Psychologist who has experience working with a variety of clients who have been involved in the Communities and Justice System. He has experience working with clients with complex mental health needs such as various personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as experience in supporting those with problematic sexual and violent behaviours. 

    Alex is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities in a manner that is specific to their individual needs. He aims to support his clients so that they can increase their independence and enhance their quality of life.

    Alex Cox

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    New England and North West, NSW

    • Bachelor of Health Science (Endeavour College of Natural Health, 2013)
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology, 2022)
    • Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Australian College of Applied Psychology, Currently Studying)
    • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)
    • Member Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

    Alex's professional background includes experience as a Disability Support Worker, Diversional Therapist, AOD Counsellor and working within the criminal justice system. This diverse range of roles has provided Alex with a broad skill set and nurtured her empathy and ability to relate to others. Through these experiences, Alex has gained a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by diverse and vulnerable population groups.

    Alex is passionate about developing positive and supportive relationships to bring about meaningful change and help others improve their quality of life.

    Alicja Nowak

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Australian Torrens University: Masters Of Education (Special Needs Education, Advanced with Mental Health
    • Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland: Master and Bachelor of teaching
    • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

    Alicja is passionate about supporting people with a disability, with a particular interest in the area of autism. In Poland she worked as a Special Needs Therapist and as an Occupational Therapy Instructor in the sensory classroom focusing on interoception, breathing techniques and mindfulness. Alicja has worked within the disability sector since 2013.

    Alicja is a strong believer in the benefits of sport, having completed a number of marathons and triathlons. 

    Alison Jacobs

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) ACAP
    • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

    Alison has been working in the disability sector since 2006. Specialising in mental health, complex trauma, AOD and disability. Commencing her career as a Psychotherapist, Alison worked in crisis and suicide prevention, supporting clients with anxiety, depression and mental health issues. Alison utilised her training in interpersonal therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to support her clients.

    From 2010 - 2021 Alison worked with the Department of Communities and Justice working across all areas of child protection. Working in multidisciplinary teams, Alison has utilised her communication and relationship-building skills to roll out Intensive Therapeutic Care across NSW. This care system has ensured that young people with highly complex needs will have their needs met with the highest standards of care, and provide support into their adulthood.

    Alison is passionate about creating an environment of equality and fairness for clients with disability. By using Positive Behaviour Supports, Alison aims to increase the quality of life and reduce challenging behaviour, and to assist people with disabilities to reach their goals.

    Amanda Somerville

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Central Coast, NSW

    • Bachelor of Social Work, University of New South Wales

    Amanda has worked in the disability sector since 2005 in a variety of roles which include; Disability Support worker, Case Manager, a number of management roles in Aged and Disability services and most recently as a Behaviour Support Practitioner.

    Amanda brings a diverse knowledge of many disabilities into the Behaviour Support field, and has enjoyed working with both children and adults with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities.

    Amanda is passionate about holistically supporting her clients to live happy and full lives, as well as supporting carers and families to work together to achieve great outcomes.

    Amelia Thomson

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Certificate III Community Services (Children's Services)
    • Diploma of Community Services (Children's Services)
    • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

    Amelia has worked in many capacities with children and young adults who have diverse abilities, as a Nanny, Family Educator, Teachers Aid and Early Childhood Educator. Amelia also has a brother with Autism. This motivated her as a young adult to further develop her knowledge and skills connected to working with and supporting others with diverse abilities. During this journey, she has had the opportunity to work alongside a transdisciplinary team at Giant Steps School for children with Autism. As an Educator/Aid she was able to learn from Music Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists. During this time Amellia contributed to Individual Education Plans (IEP's), completed an intensive course on Autism and was a part of implementing a research project for Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). 

    Amelia has a strong interest in being able to identify strengths to help clients with opportunities, breaking tasks down into a step-by-step approach to achieve short and long-term goals. 

    She is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Analise Bauchinger

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist

    As an Occupational Therapist, Analise has had experience working with neurodiverse individuals across the lifespan. She believes that all behaviour holds meaning and that relationships, connection, diverse life roles, and participation which matches the demands of a person’s environment are the primary forces for creating behavioural change. She draws from her clinical expertise, observation, and assessment skills to develop and test hypotheses to create shifts in behaviour. Analise tries to develop a deep understanding of the function of behaviours so that she can provide people with more resources and replacements. She is committed to her professional development and seeks regular opportunities to learn from leaders in the field, particularly in the areas of ABI and Autism. She has experience in the assessment and prescription of Assistive Technologies which can support function and participation, as well as knowledge of sensory processing challenges and interventions.

    Austin Ware

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Team Leader
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology (University of Sydney, 2018)
    • Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)
    • Professional Member, Australian Association for Behaviour Analysis

    Austin has extensive experience in coaching and educating people of all ages to help reach their potential. Austin is especially interested in helping children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, ADHD and mental health disorders to achieve their goals. Austin has worked with a diverse range of clients with complex needs in a multidisciplinary field to reduce intense behaviours of concern and remove restrictive practices. He is always learning and improving on best ways to tailor positive behaviour support for each individual and their supporters.

    Bec Gordon

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Team Leader

    Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven, NSW

    • Bachelor of Music Majoring in Performance/Voice (Australian Institute Of Music, 2008)
    • Certificate IV in Disability (Macquarie Community College, 2014)
    • Graduate Diploma Psychology (Monash, 2018)
    • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

    Bec is a Psychology graduate with experience in residential support work. Bec is especially excited when she has the privilege of being a part of the change in people's lives. The creativity and empathy Bec brings to her Behaviour Support work is informed by her experience as a professional musician, implementing music therapy programs in various residential care settings and her work as a pet therapist.

    Becki Barnes

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Team Leader
    Sydney, NSW

    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy ACAP 2021
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy ACAP 2017
    • Diploma of Counselling Children and Adolescents 2015
    • Cert IV Training and Assessment 2010
    • Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia
    • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

    Becki is a registered Psychotherapist with a teaching and training background. She has worked across the lifespan from early childhood, Primary and High School and has also worked in Aged Care Services. Becki has extensive professional and volunteer experience working with individuals with complex needs and their families. Her lived experience as a practitioner from a multicultural background and experience from working in the Northern Territory with First Nation peoples and other diverse cultural backgrounds is invaluable.

    Belinda Thurlow

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Manager, Business Development
    Clinical Operations
    Team Leader
    Brisbane, QLD

    • Master of Creative Music Therapy (Western Sydney University, 2011)
    • Bachelor of Music, Major in Composition (Western Sydney University)
    • Full Membership, Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and
    • Professional Member, Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

    I have been working therapeutically since 2010 and in leadership since 2012. I have additional training and experience in neurological music therapy, complex trauma, sensory processing and am a qualified empowering leadership coach.

    Drawing on this, I aim to bring an open, creative and compassionate approach to clinical practice and organisational leadership in order to work collaboratively to address underlying patterns, thoughts or behaviour that hold us back.

    My experience has enabled me to develop a skill set that ranges from clinical service delivery to change management, program development and project management, mentoring, strategy, and operations.

    Being engaged in a wide range of clinical, professional and community experiences often leads me to unexpected places. Whether comfortable or not, they're a great source of learning that continues to shape what I do and keeps me curious.

    Brian Canning

    Behaviour Support Practitioner 
    Brisbane, QLD

    • Member Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA)
    • Currently enrolled - Bachelor of Psychology (Queensland University of Technology)

    Brian has a friendly and caring nature with a focus on individualised care. He is currently studying for his Bachelor of Psychology with aspirations of one day being a practising psychologist. 

    Brian aims to improve people's day to day wellbeing and offer support to give them independence and achieve self-actualisation.

    Brooke Wheeler

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Coffs Harbour - Grafton, NSW

    • Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
    • Master in Social Work
    • Member of Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)

    Brooke is a qualified Social Worker and Registered Behaviour Practitioner with extensive experience in the Mental Health and Disability sector. She also has a range of experience in fields such as Suicide Prevention, Drug & Alcohol intervention, NDIS support services and General Counselling.

    Utilising a Person-Centered approach, Brooke aims to tailor support to focus on the person’s unique strengths and interests. Brooke brings a warm, friendly and caring nature making it easy to build relationships.

    Brooke is passionate about promoting social justice and self-determination. She aims to support people to increase their independence, pursue their goals and develop their capacity to be able to live their best quality of life.

    Candice Golding

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Central West, NSW

    • Bachelor Of Social Science / Counselling
    • Member BSPA, Behavioral Support Practitioners Australia
    • Member of ACA, Australian Counselling Association

    Candice has worked within the community service field for over 20 years, focusing on the areas around community / social justice, disabilities, child / adolescent therapies, mental health in acute and community care settings, both non-government and government sectors.

    Candice has a passion to support communities and families, understand and utilise “outside the box concepts and views” when working with others around us. Trying to help find the middle path to support safe, respectful communication and relationships.

    Carmel Pereira

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Science (University of Sydney, in progress)
    • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

    Carmel is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree majoring in Neuroscience at USYD. Along with a flair for writing, Carmel is fascinated about the interaction between brain function, genetics and one’s environment. She has held several leadership roles throughout her academic career and believes that every client can realise their full potential by making informed and responsible choices. 

    Catherine Vesic

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Brisbane, QLD

    • Master of Music Therapy (The University of Melbourne, 2020)
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences, Major in Hearing & Speech (The University of Sydney, 2016)
    • Registration and Professional Member of The Australian Music Therapy Association

    Catherine is a passionate Registered Music Therapist who combines her music training, university training and extensive corporate background to provide a tailored and enriched therapeutic learning experience that is person-centred, goal-oriented and resource focused. Her commitment to tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual ensures a comprehensive and effective therapeutic journey. The bulk of her clinical work has centred around supporting neurodivergent children and their families in private practice. Catherine is a loud advocate for inclusivity for the equal rights and well-being of people with a disability. Her advocacy work extends to community engagement by organising conferences for allied health practitioners, clients and their families, as well as active involvement on volunteer committees that promote professional development and educational information to foster a more inclusive and informed community.

    Chantelle Steele
    • Bachelor’s of Psychological Science
    • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

    Chantelle is deeply committed to making a positive impact in the mental health and disability support sectors. Chantelle’s approach is grounded in key values including being person-centred, she believes in the importance of tailoring support to the individual, recognizing their unique strengths and challenges. Goal-oriented support, she is passionate about helping individuals set and achieve meaningful goals, empowering them to thrive. Chantelle's ultimate aim is to enhance quality of life and contribute to the overall well-being and satisfaction of those she supports, fostering resilience and growth. With a focus on compassion and collaboration, Chantelle strives to create a supportive environment where individuals can flourish.

    Charmaine Carson

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Moreton Bay - North, QLD

    • Master degree in Health Science, Developmental Disabilities
    • Bachelor of Art Degree in Nursing Science, Health Services Management, Community Nursing and Occupational Health
    • Diploma in Nursing Science (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwifery.

    As a registered nurse, Charmaine has holistically supported people to navigate significant challenges and complex needs. She has extensive experience working in the school environment supporting students to fully participate and enjoy school through improved social connections.

    Charmaine is passionate about building positive relationships with individuals and their support networks to listen to them, understand their needs and overcome barriers.

    Danielle Oerlemans

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Master of Arts (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands 2005) 
    • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

    Danielle has been working in the disability sector since 2013 supporting people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and capabilities. She is a solution-driven person with strong communication and presentation skills, experienced in training and coaching. Danielle is a staunch believer in empowering people and investing in their support networks using Positive Behavioural Support to enhance quality of life.

    David Ackling-Jones

    CEO, Founder

    • BHSc. (University of Technology Sydney, 2003)
    • Advanced Diploma in Community Services Management, 2009
    • Professional member, Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
    • Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

    David has experience as a Residential Support Worker, Forensic Casework Specialist, Senior Clinical Consultant, and Behaviour Support Specialist while working for FACS (1999-2017). His passion is creating time and labour saving systems that make it possible to provide highly responsive person-centred services.

    David Horne

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Team Leader
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Psychological Science honours ACAP, 2018
    • Diploma in Counselling
    • Member of AAPI (Australian Association of Psychologists)

    David is a Registered Psychologist with experience providing Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy with people with moderate to severe autism and ADHD. David has worked as a school psychologist helping young people with anxiety, emotional regulation, autism and ADHD. David works with people of all ages with ASD (levels 1 to 3), intellectual disabilities (mild to profound), depression, anxiety, bipolar, aggression, communication difficulties, down syndrome, trauma, and fragile X syndrome.

    Diana East

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Member Australian Psychological Society

    Diana has been working in the disability sector since 2019. Her ability to connect with people and build relationships at all levels, combined with her passion for making a real difference in the lives of people from all backgrounds, has led to a rewarding career as a Behaviour Support Practitioner.

    Diana’s diverse education includes agricultural economics, finance, and most recently, psychological science.

    Elizabeth Murray

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Sydney, NSW

    • Bachelor of Music (JMC Academy, 2016)
    • Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, (Flinders University. 2021)
    • Professional Member, Australian Association for Behaviour Analysis (ABAA)

    Elizabeth has an immense love for creativity and has previously completed a degree in music. After completing this qualification, she commenced studies in Occupational Therapy before deciding to work as a facilitator at a creative arts day program for adults with disability. Here, Elizabeth facilitated visual arts, performing arts, created life skills and community engagement programs.

    Elizabeth has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support. She enjoys supporting clients of all ages to achieve their personal goals, develop independence skills and enhance quality of life.

    Emma Fumini

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    South Coast, NSW

    • Bachelor of Science, Psychology (University of Wollongong)
    • Certificate IV in Disability (Sal Consulting)

    Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2017 supporting individuals to live their best lives. After 2 years working in primary schools, Emma found a passion for ensuring children's needs were met and moved into the disability sector as a frontline worker. Working alongside individuals to reach their goals, she has experience in group homes, as a manager and as a behaviour support practitioner.

    Emma is driven to reduce restrictive practices and ensure the rights and freedoms of individuals are upheld.

    Faye Ashby

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Illawarra, NSW

    • BSc Sociology and Psychology (University of the West of England, UK; 2007)
    • Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (Bath Spa University, UK; 2009)
    • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (University of New England, 2020)

    Faye has a background in Primary Education, gaining experience in both mainstream and special educational settings. She has always implemented Positive Behaviour in Learning (PBL) throughout her teacher career and enjoys watching children reach their full potential with the correct guidance. Having recently completed further study in Psychology, Faye is passionate about using her knowledge and experience to ensure all individuals, no matter of the challenges they face, gain a happy and fulfilled life.

    Gina McClure

    Behaviour Support Practitioner
    Mid North Coast, NSW

    • Bachelor of Music - Therapy (University of Melbourne)
    • Certificate 4 in Community Services
    • Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
    • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

    Gina is a passionate about working alongside individuals to achieve their goals and live a meaningful life.

    Gina has a diverse range of experience in the community services and disability sector, working as a support worker for many years with clients across the lifespan, as a member of allied health teams, facilitating a creative arts program and in her own private practice and studio. She is a keen advocate for people living in regional and rural areas to have increased access to therapy services and support. Gina enjoys collaborating with others, lifelong learning and working with a creative and holistic approach to her work.

      Gracie Macpherson

      Behaviour Support Practitioner
      Brisbane, QLD

      • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Deakin University, 2023)
      • Diploma in Leadership and Management (NSW TAFE, 2017)
      • Diploma in Human Resources (NSW TAFE, 2017)
      • Certificate III in Children’s Services (Southbank TAFE, 2013)
      • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

      Gracie has had dedicated service in the disability sector since 2014. Specialising in mental health disorders, PTSD, ASD, ADHD and various disabilities, she brings extensive experience to her practice. With a background blending education, psychology, and hands-on experience, Gracie implements effective behaviour modification strategies to assist individuals in understanding and managing their behaviours across diverse settings.

      Gracie’s unique approach recognizes the impact of systemic factors on individual behaviours. By addressing and improving these systems, she aims to minimise or eliminate challenging behaviours, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for her clients. Gracie’s approach emphasises positive reinforcement, proactive strategies and fostering a supportive environment conducive to learning and growth. She is committed to providing compassionate, individualised support that empowers clients to lead fulfilling lives and participate meaningfully in their communities.

      Greg Wurth

      Behaviour Support Practitioner
      Sydney - Outer West and Blue Mountains, NSW

      • Certificate IV Nursing (Western Sydney TAFE, 2005)
      • Bachelor of Nursing (Charles Sturt University, 2014)
      • Graduate Certificate Clinical Nursing - Mental Health (Newcastle University, 2017)
      • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

      Greg has clinical experience across intellectual disability, mental health, medical, forensic and community nursing since 2004. Prior to commencing his nursing career Greg worked extensively in group homes and other residential settings as direct support worker.

      Greg’s focus and passion is the importance of therapeutic and supportive relationships and environments and the positive effect that these can have on people receiving care and support. Greg’s approach to behaviour analysis and support is holistic and person centred. Striving to understand the individual as a whole and the effect that their environment, personal preferences, physical and mental health, social connectedness, and previous life experiences has on their ability to live their best life.

      Hanna Choi

      Behaviour Support Practitioner
      Sydney, NSW

      • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics, History and Art History (USYD, 2004)
      • Master of Teaching, Primary (USYD, 2006)
      • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

      Hanna has worked in the teaching profession since 2006. Her skills and expertise as both a teacher and a coordinator have supported many students with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities. She has extensive experience supporting students with Autism, ADHD, trauma, and intellectual difficulties.

      Driven by her passion for positive and preventative systems and practices, Hanna is committed to facilitating the success of her clients.

      Hannah Ghazal

      Behaviour Support Practitioner
      Sydney, NSW

      • Diploma of the United Nations, 2021
      • Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney, 2022)
      • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

      Hannah’s desire to train as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner has developed through a combination of personal experience that has come from living with a sibling with a disability, extensive work experience in the disability field, and through the study of Social Work. In 2021 Hannah had the privilege of conducting research for the United Nations Association of Australia and writing a published project report on Improving Participation for People with Disabilities. Hannah is excited to take on a person-centred, strengths-based approach to deepening her understanding of the participants she will be supporting and learning from them. Hannah is passionate about building a society that both understands and supports the needs of people with disabilities.

      Hannah Woodbridge

      Behaviour Support Practitioner
      Sydney, NSW

      • Bachelor of Psychology - Honours (Macquarie University, 2019)
      • Master/PhD of Clinical Psychology (University of Sydney, 2021)
      • Member of the Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

      Hannah comes to Ability Consultants having worked as a behaviour therapist for young people with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. Hannah is currently undertaking her masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is passionate about empowering individuals to overcome challenges, reach their full potential, and fulfil their goals.

        Hayley Gray

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Team Leader
        Central West

        • Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115)
        • Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)
        • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

        Hayley’s knowledge and experience in the disability industry in The Central West of New South Wales has built a strong foundation for her to collaborate with children and adult participants of the NDIS to meet their individual goals. Hayley specialises in the development and implementation of practical positive behaviour strategies, effective communication techniques and putting systems in place to review these to ensure the opportunities for success are optimised.

        She ensures her recommendations are transparent, that implementation support is provided to all parties, to increase confidence and understanding, when supporting the person at the centre of the service. Hayley also has a strong interest in learning and professional development of her own skills and knowledge ensuring rural individuals have equal access to practical services that meet their needs.

        Hazel Nelson

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Sydney, NSW

        • Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing and Registered Nurse Programme (Northumbria University, 2012)

        Hazel has worked in the healthcare and community services sector since 2009. Prior to Australia she worked 2 years in New Zealand and 4 in the United Kingdom. She has worked in a variety of roles including; Nurse, Case Manager, Mental Health worker, Disability Support Worker, Team Leader and Cluster Manager at residential accommodation services.

        Hazel has extensive experience in working with adults with complex health and behavioural needs, is a strong advocate for people living with disabilities and mental health issues and believes that clients should be at the centre of all that we do. She is passionate about working collaboratively and creatively to support clients to reach their goals and have the best quality of life possible.

        Hollie Moulton

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Newcastle, NSW

        • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

        Hollie has been working in the disability sector since 2007. Hollie has a broad range of skills from managing multiple services within a leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum.

        Hollie is passionate about empowering individuals and believes every individual deserves the chance to fulfil their ambitions and dreams regardless of disability. Being formally recognised for her dedication and commitment ensuring the community services were compliant to the Care and Quality Commission in the UK, Hollie has specialised in supporting children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and secondary diagnoses.

        Ilenia Levorato

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Provisional Psychologist
        Sydney, NSW

        • Registered Psychologist with Provisional Registration (AHPRA)
        • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)
        • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological-Cognitive-Psychobiological Science (University of Padua, 2011)
        • Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (University of Padua, 2014)

        Ilenia is a registered Psychologist (Provisional Registration). She commenced work in the research field in 2017 with a specific focus on the use of augmented reality to treat and assess Traumatic Brain Injuries and Mild Cognitive Impairment. She also cooperated, with research and clinic purposes, with multidisciplinary teams to treat and assess Food Disorders and, to improve the accessibility of cultural resources throughout. Ilenia also matured with extensive knowledge of Psychometric testing during her employment as a University tutor in Italy.

        Ilenia is passionate about building human relationships and supporting people to give and be the best of themselves. She thinks that the greater satisfaction derived from being a psychologist is related to the human contact and the incredible possibility to learn and grow together getting to know everyday something more about human complexity.

        Indi Taylor

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Cairns, QLD

        • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (HBA)
        • Advanced Diploma of Community Services and Counselling (OTEN)
        • Bachelor of Arts/ Education - Primary and Special Education (Southern Cross University)
        • Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology - Bridging with Honours (James Cook University)

        Indi is passionate about supporting people with a disability to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. Since 2013 she has worked as a student support officer, EAL/D teacher, special needs teacher and head of behaviour support in both NSW and QLD schools and has a particular interest in autism, multiple diagnoses and holistic support.

        Indi enjoys the creativity, lifelong learning and innovation involved in behaviour support and is often found deep in study mode, devouring the latest research in psychology, sociology and assistive technology. Indi enjoys working within the rich support tapestry of families, schools and allied health workers to provide empowering plans which maximise client wellbeing.

        Jason Seneviratne

        Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Team Leader

        Brisbane, QLD

        • Centre of Excellence writing Positive Behaviour Support plan course 2017
        • Diploma of Community Services (Complex case Management) 2017
        • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2018
        • Graduate Certificate of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Awarded Griffith award for Academic Excellence 2021

        Jason is an experienced clinician in the disability sector with a dedication for increasing capacity, addressing barriers, fostering growth, inclusion and independence. Jason has an ND (neuro diverse) affirming approach and uses behaviour science and collaboration to support those to be the driving force of any intervention.

        Jason has extensive experience supporting those with Autism, mental health, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability and trauma. Jason has a huge passion for walking alongside families, with relationships, friendships and social capital the fundamental values that drive services and how he delivers them.

        Jazzy Rouse

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Team Leader
        Sydney, NSW

        • Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology (University of Sydney)
        • Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (Monash University)
        • Professional Member, Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
        • Professional Member, Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association

        Jazzy is one of our team leaders who brings a depth and breadth of experience in behaviour support, coaching and mentoring. She has a special interest in working with client accommodation transitions and those with complex mental health diagnosis.

        Believing the best outcome is achieved when the client and their stakeholders collaborate, Jazzy seeks to engage, observe and question to form insights. Equipped with this picture and supported by data an assessment is formed and a practical person centred plan is developed. Jazzy then enjoys supporting stakeholders through group and individual training to understand and implement plans to achieve the best possible outcomes.

        Jenny Lancaster

        Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Burnie, Tasmania

        • Bachelor of Arts (University of Tasmania, 2002)
        • Bachelor of Teaching (University of Teaching, 2004)
        • Bachelor of Social Work (University of Tasmania, 2013)
        • Member of The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

        Jenny has been working as a registered Social Worker since 2014. Jenny’s passion as a Social Worker, and Advocate, began whilst she worked with Disability Services and in the Health System. Jenny has years of experience working with children, and adults, throughout the state of Tasmania and prides herself in providing high levels of support to all her clients and families. Jenny has trained experience in providing supports in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD, PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), Acquired Brain Injury, Intellectual and Dementia. Jenny’s contacts include NDIS LAC’s, NDIS Planners, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, Support Coordinators, Occupations Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, The Office of the Senior Practitioner and Providers of Supports from Hobart through to the West Coast of Tasmania. Jenny has continued to challenge herself in the field of Social Work with further training and professional development including Auslan Sign Language, Braille, University training courses specific to Positive Behaviour Support and Inclusion. At the core of all of Jenny’s understandings resides the passion for Inclusion, Equity, and Quality of Life for every individual she supports.

        Jesse Kahler

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Brisbane, QLD

        • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science
        • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

        Jesse is passionate about supporting participants to improve their well-being and quality of life, live independently and achieve their goals. Since 2022 Jesse has supported children, adults and the elderly with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities in his role as a Support Worker. After spending 5 years in a career that was not a good fit, Jesse loves that he is now able to do work that is aligned with his values and life purpose: helping others. Specifically, Jesse cherishes utilising his caring nature, innate people skills and university knowledge to support individuals and families. Jesse is progressing on the path towards becoming a Clinical Psychologist in the near future.

        Joanne Choudry

        Behaviour Support Practitioner
        Sydney, NSW

          • Bachelor of Arts (University of Southern Queensland, 2007)
          • Masters of Teaching (University of Western Sydney, 2008)
          • Certificate in Education (Special Education) (University of Southern Queensland, 2012)

            Jo has 2 years experience as a Special Education teacher where she successfully nurtured diverse students' learning by creating individualised behaviour support plans. Jo also worked as a Case Manager for a further 2 years. Throughout this experience, Jo enhanced her knowledge of services and passionately advocated for individuals with disabilities in collaboration with families and stakeholders.

            Jo is committed to a person-centred approach and strives to discover strength-based solutions and to advance inclusivity and work towards supporting her students and clients to live fulfilling lives.

            Julie Lyons

            Behaviour Support Practitioner,
            Bribie Island, Queensland

            • Bachelor of Education (1997)
            • Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies (2013)
            • Member Association Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA)

            Julie has extensive experience in supporting families and young adults with a range of disabilities. She has worked in multiple roles throughout her career with Education Qld including as a Japanese and Special Needs Teacher, Numeracy coach, Advisory Visiting Teacher (Intellectual Impairment, Autism & Speech Language Impairment), and Head of Special Needs Services.

            Julie worked in the remote areas of North Qld to provide training and support for Teachers, families, and communities. Through this work she supported young adults with a disability, from diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages.

            Julie supports individuals with complex needs by applying a person-centred approach and implementing practical strategies. Her passion is to work collaboratively with the individual, their interdisciplinary support team, family members and carers to achieve positive outcomes that will improve community and social access for the individual.

            Kathy Zaia

            Behaviour Support Practitioner
            Sydney, NSW

            • Bachelor Psychology Honours 
            • Diploma in Professional Counselling
            • Telephone Counselling Certificate 4

            Kathy has a background in professional counselling assisting families, children and adults, with relationships, grief and loss, suicide prevention and behaviour support. Kathy has a particular interest in child development. Kathy brings her extensive life experience and empathy to the support of people with disability and behaviour needs.

            Katrina Edwards

            Behaviour Support Practitioner
            Sydney, NSW

            • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
            • Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years)
            • Diploma in Children’s Services (Centre Based Care)

              I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 2003, with a passion for creating supportive, positive environments and building relationships with families. I have a particular interest in supporting children before they embark on their school journey, working with families and support teams to ensure support services are child centred and meet the child’s goals. With a strong interest in building a solid foundation with children, families and support teams through an empathetic attitude and mutual trust to ensure the best possible, inclusive outcomes for clients.

              Kerry Ballard

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Team Leader

              • Professional Member, Australian Association for Behaviour Analysis (ABAA)

              Kerry has worked in the Community Services Sector for more than 25years, in both frontline and management roles. She has diverse knowledge and experience, having worked with individuals with a disability, individuals with a mental illness, and individuals who have been in contact with the justice system.

              Kerry is passionate about person centred support, and this is underpinned by her strong working knowledge of Active Support and Recovery Oriented Practices.

              Kerry is committed to working with individuals and their support networks to co-design behaviour support plans, focused on highlighting and enhancing strengths in order to achieve meaningful outcomes.

              Kerry Martin

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Central Coast
              , NSW

              • Cert 1V Leadership and Management
              • Cert 1V Training and Assessment (completion 2022)
              • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

              Kerry comes to Ability Consultants with over 12 years experience in the Disability Sector, working with both children and adults. Most recently she has managed group homes in the Sydney area, supporting adults with complex support needs. 

              Maintaining a person centred and collaborative approach, Kerry is passionate about ensuring that people with a disability are given the opportunity to become genuine valued members of their communities. 

              Lana Lien

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Team Leader

              • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
              • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

              Lana brings over 20 years experience working one on one with people facing health challenges. She helps to develop support plans and programs for individualized care to help clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She brings a person centered approach and has worked with clients of all ages facing many different physical and mental challenges.

              Laura Moloney

              Behaviour Support Practitioner

              • Registered Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers
              • Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family therapy (London Institute of Family Therapy)
              • Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Stonebridge College, London)

              Laura has been a social worker for sixteen years, primarily in the child protection and trauma fields. She brings extensive assessment experience from the UK and Sydney. Laura has held a range of roles in assessment teams; from social worker up to Area Manager and Practice Expert. Laura’s passion is in helping professionals and families to consider the function of behaviours through a trauma informed lens.

              Lauren Hutchinson

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Illawarra, NSW

              • Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2017)
              • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (2010)
              • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (2009)

              Lauren has been working as a School Counsellor and Case Manager since 2010. Lauren has been supporting children and young people with a range of mental health issues, ADHD, Autism, and intellectual disabilities as a School Counsellor for the past two years. Prior to this, Lauren worked in the Out-of-Home Care sector as a Case Manager in a variety of roles, supporting children and young people with complex needs and behaviours.

              Lauren has a particular enthusiasm for providing psychoeducation and skill building to empower individuals, whilst also being a strong advocate for the rights and needs of clients. Lauren strives to develop genuine connections with individuals and families to help them feel supported, reach their identified goals, and improve their quality of life.

              Leisa Baker

              Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Bribie Island, Queensland

              Leisa is a Skilled, results-driven professional offering experience she has gathered since she started working in the Community Services, Disability and Training sector in 2001. Some of her experience has been hands-on complex support, teaching, and managing teams including clinical teams for behaviour support. Known for cultivating safe, supportive, and person-centred environments conducive to achieving results for individuals, teams and interested parties. Leisa is known as an agile facilitator who can quickly adapt to learner needs and changing business and stakeholder requirements. She is an articulate, memorable speaker and trainer exemplifying an honest, authentic communication style.

              Leisa’s interest is working with Australia’s First Peoples and their families, advocating where she can for reconciliation with and self-determination for all First Peoples of this country. Leisa's ultimate goal in life is to be acknowledged as a kind and compassionate advocate, especially for those who experience Intersectionality. But most importantly to be known as just an amazing human being.

              Leo Weaver

              Behaviour Support Practitioner

              • Bachelor of Science, General Science and Psychology, Fordham University 2014-2018
              • Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology, Columbia University 2020-2022

              Leo has been working in education and behavioural intervention in New York for the past 5 years and recently graduated with his Masters in Developmental Psychology. Leo is passionate about aiding and supporting people to be as successful as they can be in whatever setting they find themselves in.

              Leonie MacDonald

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Illawarra, South Coast, NSW

              • Bachelor of Psychology, Honours at Sydney University (2014)
              • Masters of Counselling, Edith Cowan University (In Progress)

                Leonie has worked within the NDIS space since the scheme's conception and most recently has worked as a specialist support coordinator. Leonie has supported individuals of all ages and has extensive experience in hospital discharge planning, out of home care, homelessness, dual diagnoses, mental health, younger onset dementia and substance use. Leonie is passionate about working collaboratively with a team of stakeholders and enjoys building warm relationships with the people she supports and their families. Leonie is working on her Masters of Counselling to further build on her holistic approach to positive behaviour support delivery.

              Lidia Toledo

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Psychologist with General Registration

              • Bachelor of Psychology (2012)
              • Registration, College of Professional Psychologists (2017)

              Lidia has been providing Positive Behaviour Support with people with Challenging Behaviour and complex needs since 2013. 

              Lidia is especially committed to providing specialist assessment, training and support with people affected by complex and traumatic life challenges.

              Lidia is passionate about providing psychoeducation and advocacy for people whose voice and rights might be at risk.

              Liliana Smolinski

              Behaviour Support Practitioner
              Team Leader

              • Bachelor of Psychological Studies (2014)
              • Master of Forensic Mental Health (2019 - final semester)

              Lily has been providing function-based behaviour support with people with intellectual disability since 2013, with a specific focus on supporting mental health and behaviour challenges.

              Lisa Echevarria

              Behaviour Support Practitioner

              • Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support
              • Bachelor of Arts (Communications)
              • Certificate III in Children’s Services
              • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia

              Lisa has been working with children and young people with special needs since 2013. She sees herself journeying alongside her clients, discovering with them how to participate in their different settings, and exploring various interests with them as they continuously search for what makes them happy.

              Livian Jones

              Behaviour Support Practitioner

              • Professional Member BSPA (Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia)

              Livian has worked in disability services for 34 years both in frontline and management roles. She is committed and passionate in ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and experiences to live their life to the best of their ability with meaning, purpose and choice. With lived experience as a family member of someone with a disability, Livian is familiar with the importance of working collaboratively with families and other key stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes. Livian’s commitment and passion extends to exploring new and exciting ways to work with the person and those important to them, to co-design their support in a way that works best for them .

                Louise Mammoliti

                Behaviour Support Practitioner
                Brisbane, QLD

                • Bachelor of Education
                • Master of Special Education (Majoring in Autism)
                • Dr of Education Certificate of Educational Research (ACU)
                • Full Membership Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                I have been leading and practising specialised programs in the disability field since 1998. I am passionate about supporting people with a disability to reach their potential as a valued member of society. I have a special interest in the areas of Autism, Intellectual Impairment and trauma based behaviour. I have dedicated my life’s work to embedding inclusive practices within the educational sector, by leading others in this field to understand the supports and adjustments needed to create access for students to succeed in their schooling and beyond. I am innovative in this work, and dedicated to working with teams to find person centred solutions to create better outcomes for students so they don’t disengage.
                I have shared my love of teaching with an equal love for music, dance and drama and have used these skills to connect with adult and child clients when I am working with them. It is this connection that builds strong bonds in a working relationship and allows clients to feel empowered enough to advocate for the outcomes and goals they want to reach in their lives.

                Louise Ross

                Behaviour Support Practitioner

                • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

                Louise has worked in the disability sector for over 35 years; 25 years as a Disability Support Worker and for 10 years managing various accommodation and day program units on the Northern Beaches.

                Louise loves being involved in creating positive outcomes and improved quality of life for all people with a disability, their families and carers.

                Louise has a years of experience working with clients with challenging behaviour, understanding, reviewing and implementing their plans as a DSW and collaborating with various stakeholders for plan development as a manager. She understands and is dedicated to how important it is to have solid, clear and relevant objectives and goals in place for clients, staff and families to help keep everyone safe and to meet individual client needs .

                Mackenzie Hill

                Behaviour Support Practitioner
                Illawarra, South Coast, NSW

                • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
                • Member Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia

                Mackenzie joined our team coming from a background in support work in both schools and the home setting. With qualifications in psychological sciences, Mackenzie has an interest in improving the well-being and quality of life of both her participants and their supports, by providing a person-centred focus to her services. Mackenzie has experience in working with children with ASD and ADHD, as well as mental health comorbidities.

                Maddison Chan

                Behaviour Support Practitioner
                Sydney, NSW

                • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 2018, Macquarie University
                • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                Maddison is well-versed in working with complex behaviours in the context of mental health, dual-diagnoses, autism, and intellectual disability, providing a tailored and empathetic approach in her work. Maddison strives to enhance the quality of life and opportunities for those she works with.

                Maddison’s experience in Child Protection brings a hands-on and person-centred approach, where she worked closely with young people. Her professional background equips her with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological aspects involved in complex trauma and behaviour support in the context of unique family dynamics. Maddison's is a well-rounded professional capable of addressing the multifaceted needs of individuals, their families and wider support network. Maddison's experience and professional journey reflects a commitment to supporting individuals to overcome barriers, harness strengths and unlock their potential.

                  Marci Ordonez

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Diploma of Education: Secondary, Visual Arts (Australian Catholic University, 2012)
                  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Hons (Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, 2007)
                  • Professional Member – Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

                  Marci has experience working alongside people with additional needs and challenging behaviour in both a professional and personal capacity spanning over 10 years. Her work within a primary/secondary school for students with disabilities has placed her in a unique situation where behaviour support is part of daily interactions with staff and students alike. Naturally, working within a Visual Arts context, she encourages creativity as a means to enrich experiences and communication. Marci believes that strong and supportive environments not only provide a better quality of life, but an equitable access to society and experiences that everyone has a right to be included in, regardless of ability.

                  Maria Toskas

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

                  Maria has experience as a Mental Health Support Worker working with complex mental health in a residential setting, as well as using Applied Behavioural Analysis as a Behavioural Therapist. Maria has worked with children, adults and their families, and is passionate about mental health. Maria has completed her Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and is currently completing her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

                  Maria practices a person-centred approach and looks forward to working collaboratively to support and empower individuals in achieving their goals and living a life that is meaningful to them.

                  Marie-Morgane Hieulle

                  Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

                  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (USA 2016)
                  • Masters of Clinical Psychology (Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens, Lyon France 2011)

                  Pronouns: She/ They

                  Marie holds a masters in clinical psychology and is a Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She started working in psychiatry in 2011. She then moved to independent work with families in Belgium, France and the Netherlands in 2014, receiving online supervision to develop her practice and providing training to allied health therapists in various organisations. She joined an early intervention clinic in Australia in 2018, where she worked as a Program manager until December 2021.

                  Marie developed a particular interest in understanding the interactions between environment, neurodiversity – including physical and perceptive differences – and behaviours. She has developed more specific knowledge about autism and genetic conditions in childhood. She believes in a participative and strengths based approach to behaviour support, and focuses on understanding and developing support networks. Autism advocacy and calls for ABA reform have been a significant turning point in her professional orientation. She has also been involved in various social justice initiatives over the past 10 years, focusing on migrants’ rights and access to education for marginalised families.

                  She is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

                  Meenu Ramavat

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Bachelor of Arts (History Major)
                  • Certificate IV in Disability Services
                  • Member Applied Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

                  Meenu's love of history led her to learn more about human behaviour, especially that of the vulnerable members of our society. This passion led her to work in the Disability and Mental Health sector for the last 13years.

                  Meenu has worked in different roles starting from Disability Support Worker to Acting Operational Manager. Meenu has supported clients with complex needs by applying a person-centered approach and implementing practical strategies to achieve positive outcomes. Meenu understands the importance of clear, relevant goals and knows how to achieve them by getting families, staff and other stakeholders involved in the journey.

                  Megan Friedman

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Bachelor of Science, Special Education (Illinois State University, 2014)
                  • Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis (Griffith University, Current)
                  • Student Member, Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
                  • Professional Member, Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia

                  Megan has over a decade of experience within the disability sector in both the United States and Australia. Her career began in 2007 as a support worker and Special Olympics coach before obtaining her degree in education in 2014. Endorsed in learning and behaviour, Megan led her school’s autism classroom, as well as teacher immersion programs, in inner-city Chicago before moving to Sydney. She currently provides support across a range of positions while working towards a Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

                  Megan has a particular interest in functional skill building and transition support for young adults into home, vocational and community settings. Having seen support delivered from various angles within the sector, Megan values collaborative, respectful and meaningful relationships which embody a person-centred and strengths-based approach.

                  Melissa Green

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Nowra, South Coast. NSW

                  • Certificate IV Working with People with Disabilities
                  • Completion of Modules in Diploma in Community Services
                  • Trainer Qualification MAYBO Challenging Behaviours, Redirection and Safer De-escalation

                  Melissa has worked across multiple roles in the Community Services sector over the past 12 years including disability support work, Management of multiple services and Behaviour Support advisory roles with large organisations. Over the years Melissa has gained experience working with a diverse range of people.

                  Melissa has extensive experience in working with participants with complex behavioural needs and is a strong advocate in human rights for those living with a disability.

                  Through Melissa's experience in the sector she has gained a knowledge and understanding of person centred practices and is able to implement these to ensure the person's goals and aspirations are met.

                  Mirza Elezovic

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Sydney, NSW

                  • Provisional Psychologist
                  • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)
                  • Member Australian Psychological Society (APS)

                  Mirza is very passionate about helping participants and their families navigate through the everyday difficulties they experience. Behavioural difficulties present themselves in various forms and under certain conditions. Mirza likes to take an objective view of the situations and analyse the environments which contribute to behavioural difficulties, so that person centred strategies can be implemented that usually lead to a reduction of behaviours of concern, as such improving the quality of life for the participants and their families or persons involved.

                  Mirza has extensive experience with participants on the complex pathway, presenting dual (or a range of) diagnoses who exhibit severe and challenging behaviours, as well as participants with forensic backgrounds. He has also assisted many individuals to transition from long term institutionalised settings to community living (Supported Independent Living - SIL). Mirza’s main objective is to reduce or eliminate the use of restrictive practices while providing support to individuals and their families.

                  Natalie Lofty

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Team Leader

                  Illawarra, South Coast, NSW

                  • Bachelor of Community Services majoring in case management (UNE, 2018)
                  • Diploma in Community Services (Wollongong TAFE 2017)
                  • Certificate III and IV in Disability Work (2003, 2005)
                  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
                  • Trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (renewed 2021)

                  Natalie has been providing support to individuals, and their families, for the past 15 years. Starting as a disability support worker and moving into behaviour support has allowed her to gain a strong understanding of realistic and effective strategy implementation.

                  Natalie has worked across a range of settings, including schools and aged care facilities with people across the age span, and with complex needs.

                  Working with individuals and their support teams, Natalie is passionate about the rights of people with disability to enjoy a quality of life, ensuring opportunities for choice whilst maintaining carer capacity.

                  Natalie Withington

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Sydney, NSW

                  • Graduate Diploma of Special and Inclusive Education (Macquarie University)
                  • Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis (Monash University)
                  • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia
                  • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
                  • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis International

                  Natalie began her career in education as a classroom teacher in 2007. A major professional focus has been the development of supports and strategies that promote the inclusion of students with disability. Natalie understands the importance of a person-centred approach, and has extensive experience collaborating with caregivers and allied health professionals. She is excited about the potential of PBS to enhance quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

                  Nathalie Neveu

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Team Leader

                  • Post Graduate Diploma . Social Sciences. Community Services. UWS 2003
                  • Master . Social Sciences. Community Services . UWS. 2004
                  • Person Centred Champions Programs. Centre for Disability Studies . 2010
                  • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)

                  Nathalie’s passion for person centred practices and Active Support is enriched by 25 years hands on and leadership experience in the field of disability. Nathalie enjoys co - creating person centred solutions for people to live their best lives. A well respected professional she readily shares her knowledge with early career professionals, support workers and families to enable the practice of positive behaviour support.

                  Nathan Budd

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Member of the Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                  Nathan has been working in social support and crisis support work for the last 2 years. He is currently completing his degree in psychology with Western Sydney University. Nathan has experience working with clients of all ages and has a degree in musical theatre. Most recently he has been working with the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, aiding people with immune deficient conditions to maintain social and mental health standards.

                  Nicholas Hatzipaulou

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Western Sydney University (2022)
                  • Professional Member, Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BPSA)

                  Nicholas has been a carer for the past 3 years and has a high desire to help others. His diverse upbringing has given him the passion to help others in any way possible. Nicholas finished his honours degree in class 1 and shows high dedication to constantly improving himself and others around him. Using his knowledge, passion, problem-solving and excellent communication skills he provides positive behavioural support in a professional and thoughtful way

                  Nikki Mahayni

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Team Leader Learning and Development

                  • Member Association of Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)
                  • Certificate IV in Community Services

                  Nikki brings more than 6 years of professional experience to Ability Consultants supporting clients in the disability and mental health sector. Nikki has helped develop and implement programs designed at social inclusion and achieving personalised goals, using motivational and person-centred approaches.Nikki believes in increasing a person’s quality of life through strengthening helpful behaviours, and that even a small change can make a huge difference. She is passionate about enabling an individual to live as independently as possible, and brings a fresh pair of eyes to every client.

                  Nik Mumford

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Brisbane, QLD

                  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), 2010
                  • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                  Nik comes to Ability Consultants having worked has a Special Education Teacher in both Primary and Secondary settings. In recent years she has worked as a Specialist Disability Support Teacher in schools supporting teachers, carers, and disability therapy professionals to implement behaviour strategies and inclusion practices.

                  A speciality area Nik has worked in is supporting people on the Autism Spectrum, with a goal of improving engagement, goal achievement and reducing barriers in their environments.

                  Nikki Rowland

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner

                  • Bachelor of Social Work - Honours (University of New South Wales, 2019)
                  • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)
                  • Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

                  Nikki has extensive experience in supporting children and adults with a range of disabilities. Her practice is driven by a strengths-based and person-centred approach. She is extremely passionate about empowering people with a disability to build capacity and increase choice and control in their life.

                  As well as being a Behaviour Support Practitioner, Nikki currently works on the ground Team Leading a Disability Day Program and has for several years, which she absolutely loves!

                  Nikki is an advocate for using positive behaviour support as a tool to assist clients to express their thoughts and educate others to understand their actions. She places importance on inclusive and mindful language to maintain the dignity of people with a disability.

                  Paola A.Vieira

                  Behaviour Support Practitioner
                  Sydney, NSW

                  • Bachelor of Psychology (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio do Sul), 2014
                  • Certificate in Forensic Psychology (SBPJ - Sociedade Brasileria de Psicologia Juridica), 2015
                  • Postgraduate in Forensic Psychology (IMED - Complexo De Ensino Superior Meridonal SA), 2017
                  • Diploma of Community Services (Australian Learning Group, Sydney), 2020

                      Paola is a registered Psychologist in Australia (AHPRA) and she has experience with NDIS, Corrective services NSW and Youth services. She is also a registered psychologist (CRP/RS) specialised in forensic psychology with experience in mental health and family court matters whilst practising in Brazil. Paola is passionate about helping people and supporting them to live their best lives.

                      Patricia Schefe

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Brisbane, Queensland

                      • Bachelor of Community Welfare (James Cook University
                      • TAE4011A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2012
                      • Facilitator – Stepping Stones Parenting Program 2011
                      • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                      Trisha has spent many years working in community, youth and disability services from front line support to service management and departmental legislative compliance. Her passions is in empowering families to develop their capacity and achieve positive outcomes for their family members.

                      Trisha has experience working with families and was the project manager of the Building Capacity Project across Brisbane. In 2011 Trisha increased her knowledge of working with families by becoming a facilitator of the Stepping Stones Parenting Program where she was working with families of children with a disability between the ages of 0-16 years.

                      Pearl Cheung

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Bachelor of Science, major in Psychology, UNSW 2017
                      • Graduate Diploma of Counselling, ACAP 2019
                      • Member of Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia
                      • Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance

                      Pearl is a registered counsellor and yoga teacher with extensive experience in the disability and clinical sector. She has worked across the lifespan from early childhood to teens and adults, supporting a diverse range of people with mental health concerns. She is passionate about helping people improve their mental health, helping them find strategies to enhance the quality of daily life.

                      Peter Goslett

                      Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Arts (Psychology)
                      • Registered Psychologist (PSY 1064394)

                      Peter has worked in human services for over 30 years as a front-line worker, clinician, manager, and executive leader. His experience spans the disability, youth justice, criminal justice, out-of-home care and healthcare sectors.

                      Peter’s particular expertise is behaviour support for people with a disability, including children, and those in contact with the criminal justice and mental health systems.

                      Peter’s most recent role was leading a team of Behaviour Support Practitioners providing support to NDIS recipients. Working with Ability Consultants, Peter is able to use his knowledge and experience to achieve positive outcomes for people with a disability and their families.

                      Pieta Aston

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Batemans Bay, NSW

                      • Graduate Certificate of Education, Special Education (Torrens University Australia, 2021)
                      • Certificate in Phonology (Institute for Multisensory Structured Language Education, 2017)
                      • Diploma of Business, and Management (Apex Training Solutions, 2014)
                      • Associate Member Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA)

                      Pieta has been working as a Structured Language Specialist since 2017, providing literacy support to students, both at home and in the community. She has prior experience working in the field of ABA Therapy.

                      Pieta has experience supporting persons with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.

                      Pieta is dedicated and committed to providing a person-centred and strength-based approach while working collaboratively with families. She is passionate about raising awareness in autism and dyslexia, focusing on self-awareness, education, self-advocacy, and empowering persons with a disability to have opportunities, and that their voice is heard and listened to.

                      Pieta is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

                      Poli Gavria

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Master of Clinical Psychology (Australian College of Applied Psychology, current)
                      • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, Macquarie University, 2019)
                      • Master of Fine Arts (Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, 2007)
                      • Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours, 2007)

                      Poli commenced working as a behaviour therapist with people with Intellectual Disability and Challenging behaviour in 2013. Poli co-designed and delivered a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program for people with various types of dementia and other disability (2014-19) and has worked as a residential support worker. Poli believes in the natural improvement of people's behaviour when their lives become more meaningful, creative and socially connected.

                      Quennie Diesta

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Advanced Diploma Business (Marketing) 2008
                      • Diploma in Business (Legal Studies) 2002
                      • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                      Quennie is passionate about helping NDIS Participants improve their independence. Quennie has extensive experience building support strategies, coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and making things work for clients, their families and other support networks.

                      Quennie is currently working towards a Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice and has experience working with incarcerated NDIS Participants who are transitioning back into the community. She believes every person has value, dignity, fundamental worth and a right to develop their potential. 

                      Rachel Kim

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Bachelor of Art, Social work ( ACU)
                      • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                      Rachel has extensive experience in supporting families with complex issues including but not limited to; complex trauma, disability, mental health, substance use and relationship issues. Rachel has been with the Department of Communities and Justice for the last 12 years, supporting vulnerable families. Rachel also has extensive experience in supporting families from diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages.

                      Rachel is passionate about supporting people who are affected by disabilities in making meaningful life-long changes.

                      Rachel speaks English and Korean.

                      Ramoh Kokalis

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor in Ethics (1999, Murdoch University)
                      • Professional member, Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
                      • Professional member, Autism Behavioural Intervention Association

                      Ramoh has 18 years experience in disability services and mental health. Ramoh enjoys empowering people to overcome challenges and live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

                      Raymond Neto

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Psychology Honours (University of Western Sydney, 2023)
                      • Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                      With a diverse background, Raymond has successfully operated his own fitness business in Sydney since 2013, where he has honed his skills in working effectively with clients and their families to achieve various goals. Before his career as a personal trainer, Raymond served with distinction in the Royal Australian Navy for seven years, gaining valuable experience in a range of roles.

                      Known for his empathetic approach, Raymond champions strength-based methodologies in his interactions with those he supports. He is deeply committed to promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities. He actively collaborates with them and their families to develop strategies that enhance their quality of life. Raymond approaches his work from a person-centred perspective, valuing the unique experiences and perspectives of each individual he encounters.

                      Reece Williamson

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Brisbane, QLD

                      • Bachelor of Arts, Major Psychology - Honours, (University Of Queensland, 2023)

                      Reece has been a support worker since 2022. In this position he supported a variety of individuals across the lifespan with mental and physical disabilities. Reece adopts a strengths-based person-centred approach when assisting individuals and their families.

                      Reece, alongside the individual and family, identify tangible actionable goals and develop strategies to achieve greater overall wellbeing and quality of life. Reece utilises his strong interpersonal skills and compassionate nature to quickly build rapport, assisting clients and their families feel at ease. Reece takes a holistic perspective when helping others develop strategies to achieve their goals. Reece is progressing on the path to become a Clinical Psychologist in the near future.

                      Robyn Earl

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Perth, WA

                      Robyn (she/her) offers a unique blend of expertise as both a Teacher and Occupational Therapist, specialising in supporting individuals with diverse needs. Drawing upon her background in education and occupational therapy, Robyn worked for many years as a Special Education Needs Teacher, where she prioritised the holistic development and success of her students.

                      Robyn's approach is rooted in data-driven strategies, ensuring tailored support that fosters achievement and social growth within the school and community settings. With a deep commitment to trauma-informed care, she strives to create nurturing environments where clients and their families can feel safe and supported throughout their journey.

                      Robyn advocates tirelessly for inclusivity and equality, and creating welcoming space and safe spaces for all families. With extensive experience in addressing complex behaviours and conditions—including ASD, Down Syndrome, and various mental health conditions such as Anorexia and PTSD Robyn remains dedicated to empowering clients and their families to thrive.

                      Ronelle Jundi

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Undergraduate Degree Bachelor of Art (University of Western Sydney)
                      • Postgraduate Degree in Masters of Teaching (Primary)
                      • ESDM Trained (Advanced Workshop)

                      Ronelle has worked within the disability sector since 2016 years supporting young children with early intervention and reaching their full potential. She has a background in primary school education and has a vast experience in providing support and working with children and their families to ensure their needs are being met. Ronelle is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals to develop their conceptual, practical and social skills while also facilitating training of skills across all settings working closely with other service providers.

                      Roxanne Bryson

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Illawarra, South Coast, NSW

                      • DIPHE Mental Health Nursing. University of the West of England, Bristol (2009)
                      • Full membership BSPA (Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia)

                      Roxanne is a qualified mental health nurse with 14 years experience. She has extensive experience working alongside clients with a broad range of mental health diagnosis in both inpatient and community mental health care settings. She has also worked to assess and support adults with ADHD. Her practice is trauma informed and client centred. Roxanne is passionate about her role in supporting clients through their recovery journey.

                      Sally Campbell

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner 
                      Ipswich, Queensland.

                      • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Student Disengagement and achievement. University of Queensland (Current, due to complete early 2023)
                      • Certificate IV Training and Assessment DoE, Queensland (2016)
                      • Post Graduate Diploma in Early Years Education. Queensland University of Technology (2006)
                      • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies Special Educational Needs Nottingham & Trent University (2003)
                      • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Majoring in Education Nottingham & Trent University (2002) POST Graduate Certificate in Education. Nottingham & Trent University (2003)

                      Sally has worked in education and the field of supporting students with disabilities for over thirty years. She holds postgraduate qualifications in this field and that of providing positive behaviour support practices. She is passionate about helping others to reach their full potential and enjoy a full and satisfying life.

                      Sam Livingston

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner

                      • Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation). Australian Catholic University, 1997
                      • Member Association Behaviour Analysis Australia

                      Samantha has over 28 years experience working in the disability field. She has worked as a behaviour support practitioner with FACS from 2010 -2014 and as a Senior Behaviour Support practitioner with Sunnyfield from 2014 - 2020. Samantha takes a person-centred, hands on approach to her work and regards rapport building with the individual and those that support them as an essential part of effective behaviour intervention. She has experience working with people with disabilities of all ages, profound and multiple disabilities and complex needs. Samantha has chaired Restrictive Practices panels and developed and provided training in Positive Behaviour Support to disability support staff.

                      Shih Kei Yuan

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Adelaide, South Australia

                      • Master of Social Work (Flinders University, 2019)
                      • Member of the Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                      Over the past three years Kei has been supporting individuals dealing with a variety of disability and mental health concerns within the recovery framework and therapeutic intervention.

                      Kei is driven to form trusting relationships with clients and advocate for their best interest. Kei’s experiences have enhanced her desire and passion to contribute to clients’ needs based on an empowerment approach as well as to provide clinical support to rediscover personal strengths, hope and positive choices.

                      Shelley Wurth

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Team Leader
                      Blue Mountains, NSW 

                      • Post Graduate Cert in Health Science (2007)
                      • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (2008
                      • Member of Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA)
                      • Member of Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA)
                      • Member of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH)

                      Shelley is a Registered Nurse. She began her nursing career in New Zealand as a community crisis clinician. Moving to Australia in 2009, Shelley has worked in adolescent forensic mental health, community case management and consultation liaison in gazetted Emergency Departments. Most recently Shelley has been working with the Older Person, and their carers, who have a mental illness, experiencing cognitive decline (dementia process) and behavioural challenges.

                      Shvan N. Mohammed

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Adelaide, SA

                      • Bachelor of Education and Psychology (Salaheddin University, Erbil)
                      • Master of Education (Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice, Flinders University, Adelaide)
                      • Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (Monash University, Currently enrolled)

                      Shvan is a dedicated and compassionate Behaviour Support Practitioner with a solid educational background in Educational Psychology. He has gained extensive knowledge and experience in supporting individuals with various degrees of disabilities, with a particular focus on those with autism. His strong dedication to client-centric care and a positive mindset drives him to implement evidence-based approaches to support individuals in achieving their goals and improving their overall well-being and quality of life.

                      With a passion for making a meaningful impact in the lives of others, Shvan has honed his skills in providing personalised and effective support. His experience working with diverse individuals and teams has equipped him to navigate complex situations with empathy and understanding.

                      Stacey Davidson

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Illawarra, South Coast, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Social Work (UOW, 2018)
                      • Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support (Flinders University, 2020)
                      • Graduate Certficiate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide (In progress)

                      Stacey has over 20 years of experience supporting vulnerable people in the community in a variety of roles. For the past 7 years Stacey has been working in Behaviour Change, while completing her Social Work and PBS studies. Stacey is especially excited about helping people overcome the barriers associated with accessing the community.

                      Stefanie Kate

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Psychology
                      • Diploma in Community Services – Case Management
                      • Member: Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia

                      Stefanie is very experienced in working with people with psychosocial disabilities, having worked across a range of professional positions since 2012. She enjoys the individuality that each person she works with brings to her day and ensures that her practices in behaviour support match the person's specific needs and wants.

                      Stefanie enjoys being a part of a person’s support team and is passionate about helping to ensure a high quality of life and improved well-being.

                      Tatiana Diaz

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Richmond - Tweed, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Trauma and Healing
                      • Bachelor of Arts, Film and Audiovisual Studies
                      • Associate Degree in Languages, Literature and Civilisations
                      • Professional Membership Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                      Working from person-centred trauma informed and strengths based approaches, I focus on creating a safe and inclusive environment, social connection, choice, freedom and independence for the clients I support. Experience supporting a wide range of individuals with various intellectual, physical and/or psychosocial disabilities across diverse settings since 2013. Began working with children (5-12yo) and youth living with complex needs and acute behaviours of concerns from 2017. Rapport-building based on mutual trust, respect and a genuinely empathetic attitude are the cornerstones to the individualised support I provide. I am qualified to deliver culturally safe services and support for First Nations People and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. I'm trilingual in French, Spanish and English with some basic conversational Italian.

                      Tegan Perkins

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Bachelor Social Science (Majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice)

                      Tegan has worked in the disability sector since 2015 in various settings, as a support worker, NDIS Support Coordinator and most recently as a manager at a Neurological Allied Health Clinic. Since 2015 she has loved getting to know all the people she has worked with, hearing their stories, building relationships and advocating for their best interest. She has a degree in Social Science majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice and looks forward to utilising this in her career continuing to work with people in the community.

                      Thomas Saad

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Sydney, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
                      • Professional Member Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia

                      Thomas is passionate about implementing positive behaviour support strategies and working with participants and their stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes and improve quality of life. Thomas has extensive experience working with complex trauma, mental health and autism spectrum disorder. Thomas is also experienced in Supported Independent Living where he has worked closely with participants, coached and supported teams around strategies to enhance positive change for participants and supporting them to achieve their goals.

                      Thomas has a passion for supporting individuals with a disability and developing positive relationships to ensure meaningful change and progress.

                      Tim Monley

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Bunbury, WA

                      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Monash University)
                      • Master of Professional Communications (Edith Cowan University)
                      • Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts)
                      • Professional Member, Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BSPA)

                      Tim is an optimistic altruist who has a passion for working with children and a keen interest in developmental psychology, particularly the early years. He has been working with children with special needs within the education system since 2015, successfully reintegrating them into mainstream education and improving their overall quality of life. He has helped increase the long term positive outcomes of students through establishment of strong relationships with family members, staff and peers.

                      He approaches behaviour support from an individual perspective, combining the underpinnings of psychology and evidence based practice, with creative, person-centred plans, to achieve outcomes with the best interest of the client and their support network in mind. Tim has also previously worked as a Clinical Assistant within the field of Audiology, helping disabled people of all ages with hearing loss. Tim is a trained performing artist, (Actor, Singer) and a professional Writer, he loves films and breaking into song whenever appropriate (or not), this has proven an invaluable asset while working with children, lending itself to storytelling and highly creative play.

                      Valentina Fable

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthropology (University of Newcastle, 2016)
                      • Bachelor of Laws, Honours (University of Newcastle, 2018)
                      • Masters of Holistic Counselling (Australian School of Holistic Counselling, 2021)
                      • Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Australian College of Applied Psychology, 2023)
                      • Professional Member: Australian Counselling Association
                      • Professional Member: Association of Positive Behaviour Support

                      Valentina has a diverse history of professional and educational experience. This has included supporting clients through the legal and justice system, providing support coordination in the disability sector and working in her own capacity as a mental health counsellor. She has a passion for providing support in helping individuals live a life of choice and autonomy. With empathy and unconditional positive regard at the forefront of her professional practice, Valentina has an in-depth understanding of what it means to provide therapeutic and behaviour support in a person-centred and respectful manner.

                      Vanessa Maginnis

                      Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Mid North Coast, NSW

                      • Master of Development Studies (Refugee and Forced Migration)/ Research (University of New South Wales - Deferred study)
                      • Bachelor of Arts (Major: Early Childhood Education) with Diploma of Education (Primary) (Macquarie University Sydney: 2007)
                      • Diploma of Community Services -Children’s Services (The Academy of Vocational Education: 2004)
                      • Diploma of Counselling and Communication (Australian College of Applied Psychology: 2003)
                      • Member, British Institute of Learning Disabilities

                      Vanessa has been working with people with a variety of complex needs, backgrounds, culture and diagnosis in different settings since 2003; including counselling and education settings with children and youth, early childhood and primary education, specialist education settings, disability services, child protection, behaviour support and restrictive practices panels. Vanessa enjoys learning from people what is most important to them, and what will support their goals and quality of life as they move forward. Finding out a person’s viewpoint, aspirations, hopes, worries and motivations and building on that; whether they be customers, staff, or those in professional development/supervision.

                      Victoria Ruiz

                      Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Gold Coast, Queensland

                      • Bachelor in Psychology (Buenos Aires University, 2009)
                      • Master of Social Work (Griffith University, in progress)
                      • Member of Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia (BPSA)

                      Since 2010 Victoria has worked as a clinician and educator in the areas of mental health, disability, child, youth, and family. She has supported people with complex healthcare needs delivering one-on-one and group support to adults, adolescents, children, and their families in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

                      Victoria is passionate about the person-centered approach and interventions aimed at bringing trust and respect to families. She is particularly interested in engaging empathetically with linguistic, cultural, and socially diverse families, which she is exploring in her current Master's in Social Work at Griffith University.

                      Virginia Birchall

                      Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner
                      Team Leader
                      Coffs Harbour, NSW

                      • Bachelor of Education; Major study in Special Education (University of Canberra, 1995)
                      • Diploma of Teaching (Charles Sturt University, 1993)
                      • Member National Disability Practitioners
                      • Member Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia

                      Virginia has over 14 years’ experience in disability and over 20 years in education including teaching students with disabilities.

                      Virginia has a wealth of experience in working in multidisciplinary teams with a focus on person centred approaches utilising best practice positive behaviour support strategies. Her practice has involved supporting Children and adults with Autism and Trauma as well as mild to profound disabilities.

                      Virginia’s passion is social justice and advocacy in supporting the rights of people with disabilities. She is innovative in her work and has a keen ability to think outside the square. Virginia’s quest is to improve the quality of life and the happiness of people with disabilities.

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                      You will love working with us, if you are motivated to foster learning and growth, in yourself and in others.

                      We practice Empowering Leadership. We don't micromanage or impose difficult KPI's relating to your hours of work. We do collaborate with you to meet the highest clinical standards for the people we support. We provide a highly rewarding work environment, and partner with you to hit your goals.  

                      We are an empowering workplace, driven to attract and develop brilliant clinicians, so NDIS Participants have easier access to life-changing behaviour support.


                      Founder’s statement


                      This is me abseiling off a perfectly good mountain. Starting Ability Consultants in 2016 was a similar leap into the unknown world of the NDIS. 

                      David Ackling-Jones

                      In 1999 I  began working with and caring for people with intellectual disability and challenging behaviours.  People who are ignored, over-medicated, restrained, secluded, cut off from their community or who are punished because they often do not have a high enough level of positive support.

                      Our mission is to help NDIS participants lead a freer more socially connected life through easy access to excellent Positive Behaviour Support.

                      We serve 6 customer groups:

                      1. NDIS Participants. We work with you on delivering measurable goals that matter to you.
                      2. Our referrers. We focus on making the referral and support coordination process a relief and a joy. Short wait time, detailed progress reports, responsive communication, evidence-based recommendations.
                      3. Carers. We make the process of sharing ideas, and information simple and time-efficient. We work in partnership with carers and NDIS Participants to build an assessment and plan that fits.
                      4. Our clinicians. We provide an empowering workplace. We fund clinical supervision, professional courses, and conference attendance for our brilliant team of independent consultants.
                      5. National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). We present evidence to ensure Participants are funded for all of their reasonable and necessary supports, at the right level.
                      6. NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. We ensure our team provides Participants with high-quality function-based Behaviour Support, to minimise Restrictive Practices, build liberating skills, and improve quality of life.

                      We are an NDIS-registered Specialist Behaviour Support Provider and we are working to exceed the required standards.

                      Person-Centred principles of empowerment and strengths-based practice underpin our approach. We apply these principles to everything we do.

                      Finally, we are all about innovation. We use technology to be more human. We build and shape the powerful tools we need to serve our customers in new and unique ways.

                      Thanks for joining us on the learning and growth journey.

                      David Ackling-Jones

                      CEO - Ability Consultants

                      David is a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and provides MI Training on request.

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