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Amanda started her career as a psychologist at Baillie Henderson Hospital in Toowoomba working in the Acquired Brain Injury and Dual Disability units. In 1998 she left Australia to travel and work overseas for eight years returning to Brisbane in 2006 and taking up a position as a psychologist working in correctional facilities. Reconnecting with her psychological roots she went on to specialise in working with people with cognitive impairment in the prison system and in 2010 moved to the position of Senior Dual Disability Coordinator with Mental Health Services where she remained until 2017. Amanda has also worked with the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service.
Whilst working at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services Amanda led the Trauma Informed Care Project for Indigenous Consumers working within The Way Forward team.
Amanda started working in private practice in 2013 specialising in dual disability and naturally moved into working with NDIS participants when the scheme rolled out in Queensland. She has completed a Master of Disability Studies and is currently studying a Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Amanda has made the decision to focus on delivering Behaviour Support Services and has stepped out of the psychology sector to focus on this and is no longer a registered psychologist.
Amanda is part of the Sunshine Coast Region Team.
Meg is a Social Worker and a Provisionally Registered Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. She specialises in providing Specialist Support Coordination, Support Coordination and true Positive Behaviour Support to participants of the NDIS.
Meg has 8 years experience in case management with non-voluntary clients in correctional settings, which means she is skilled in engaging clients with complex needs and who may have some fear or concerns about engaging with a Social Worker. Her role has been to assess and modify behaviours which have previously been problematic with a view to promoting positive behavioural change. Meg is part of our Sunshine Coast team.
Leanne is a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and Provisionally Registered Behaviour Support Practitioner. Leanne began her career in 2011, as a support worker for individuals with a learning/intellectual disability. Leanne went on to train at university in the UK and qualified as a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities.)
In the UK, Leanne worked in a specialised learning disability, mental health and forensic rehabilitation service, providing nursing assessments, interventions and behaviour support to clients who had come in to contact with the criminal justice system. Upon moving to Australia in January 2019, Leanne worked at the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service (MIDAS), before joining the AJH team.
Leanne is part of our Brisbane team.
Erin has joined the AJH team after working as an Occupational Therapist in the Government sector for many years. She has worked primarily in the area of psychosocial disability and with patients transitioning from inpatient mental health services into the community. Erin is part of our Sunshine Coast team but is able to provide Telehealth assessment and intervention with the assistance of our Allied Health Assistant team on the ground.
Nikita has a background in retail with a Certificate 3 in Hairdressing where she gained skills in working with people of diverse backgrounds, active listening, problem solving and leadership. Nikita felt as though she had more to give to the community and would like to contribute to removing the barriers people living with disability face, she then decided to become a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast studying a double Bachelor degree in Social Work and Criminology and Justice. Nikita has an interest in how the Criminology space can be applied and intersects with the Disability space.
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