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 and Georgina Fiorentino, 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. AQA's public engagement project seeks to facilitate the sharing of these stories among AQA participants and the broader community.
AQA's strategic intent is to scale our impact through pursuing three strategic imperatives, namely:
- Create experiences that empower our clients;
- Empower our people to be more effective;
- Build our sustainability.
Our Strategic Plan on a Page can be downloaded from the thumbnail image.
BSW, Social Work; Grad Dip Rehab; Mast App.Sc, ISM
Chairperson; Convenor of Governance Committee
Michelle was introduced to AQA through her work at the Transport Accident Commission, where for many years she managed clients with acquired brain injury or spinal cord injury. Over that part of her career she was most engaged by the opportunity to resource people as they realised their passions and developed their potential after injury. She sees AQA’s values and peer-based philosophy as aligned very closely with her own.
Michelle has a sound background in industrial relations, and is experienced in not-for-profit governance, organisational development, employee management, and State Government compliance.
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 2021)
Deputy Chairperson; Company Secretary; Member of Quality & Risk Committee
Board member since March 2014
MBM / DipMA
Convenor of Strategy Committee
Joe has served the AQA Board in committee roles since 2012, having been invited to contribute from his business experience. Through his associations with other inspiring personalities working with AQA, he has become passionate about creating opportunities so that anyone with a disability can grow, develop and experience life to its fullest. He joined the Board as a Director in 2019.
Joe has a background in Sales, Marketing, Value Based Commercialisation, and Strategy Development and Implementation. He has worked for large FMCG retailers and manufacturers, among them Coles Myer, SPC Ardmona and Coca-Cola Amatil, and has been President of SMART Networking Group. He is General Manager of Australia's leading organic health foods and products distributor.
Treasurer; Convenor of Finance & Audit Committee
Master of Public Policy and Management
Member of Strategy Committee
Brydie is passionate about providing opportunities to people living with disabilities, and has a particular interest in engaging frontline workers through increased education, supervision supports, and the application of frameworks in practice. She is the National Head of Quality and Innovation at Able Australia, leading a team pursuing innovative approaches to supporting people’s needs and ensuring NDIS Quality and Safeguards requirements are met and exceeded.
Brydie has more than a decade of experience as a Director in Victoria’s public hospitals, tackling issues of patient flow and access, quality and risk management, and transition supports. Prior to this, she held strategic advisory and project roles with the Victorian Department of Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Board member since February 2021
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