A thematic history of AQA
Peer coaching is a natural extension of peer support that focuses on specific areas such as health, mobility or employment. Led by Nazim Erdem OAM, it is delivered by trained coaches with significant experience of living with a spinal cord injury and success in their area of coaching. The overall aim is to help people develop skills, frame expectations, make decisions, and explore their potential.
Community and Regional Networks
At AQA, we believe that people can benefit from sharing their experiences of life with a spinal cord injury or similar disability. We have been establishing community networks that help people extend knowledge, enjoy social events, and enhance community participation. Led by Peter Van Benthem, this project aims to expand our regional and interest-based networks and support them to become self-sustaining.
AQA is committed to extending the range of services we provide through our individualised service partnership packages to include allied health services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dietetics. The goal of each new service developed in this project, led by Emma O'Brien, will be to help participants in the AQA community build the capacity to live in fulfilling, contributing ways.
Story Sharing and Public Engagement
Inspiring narratives abound in all corners of the AQA community, where people representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds support one another to live authentically. Led by Ian Baker, AQA's public engagement project seeks to facilitate the sharing of these stories among AQA participants and the broader community.
BSW, Social Work; Grad Dip Rehab; Mast App.Sc, ISM
Chairperson; Convenor of Governance Committee
Michelle has worked in Government, NFP and community health, and has an interest in the role community has to play in health management and engagement. Michelle also has a sound background in industrial relations from both management and union perspectives. Michelle is experienced in not-for-profit governance, organisational development, employee management, and State Government compliance. Currently Michelle is Director, Organisational Transformation, at MIND Australia.
Board member since April 2013
Member of Quality & Risk Committee
BN, MHSM (Mon), MAICD
Convenor of Quality & Risk Committee
B.Sc/LLB (Victorian Legal Practising Certificate 2020)
Deputy Chairperson; Company Secretary;Member of Quality & Risk Committee
Board member since March 2014
MBM / DipMA
Convenor of Strategy Committee
Treasurer; Convenor of Finance & Audit Committee
AQA Victoria Ltd (AQA) is a registered, public company limited by guarantee. The company has a constitution which outlines the organisation's key objectives and matters relating to membership, the appointment process of directors and their duties, scope of activities under which the board directors may act and procedural matters pertaining to the conduct of meetings.
- Finance & Audit
- Quality & Risk