AQA Victoria began as a Melbourne office for the Sydney-based Australian Quadriplegic Association. When the parent group demanded that its Melbourne branch sever ties, founding CEO Ian Bennett cheekily adapted its branding.
AQA staff with quadriplegia have always reached out to people they believe might benefit from their lived experience. Informal visits to spinal-injury wards grew into a state-wide network of trained peer-support mentors and coaches.
As he steers AQA Victoria into the NDIS era, Peter Trethewey has sought to build appreciation for what people living through disabling life events can bring to to their peers and to the wider community.