AQA
Raised in rural Portugal, Rita Figueiredo moved to Melbourne at the age of 19 with her husband and son. She explains how two decades of serving AQA clients has helped her see in new ways. Story by Ian Baker.
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30.06.20 05:09 PM - Comment(s)
Outdoor sports enthusiast Jason Ellery and his wife, Nicole Ellery, open up about married life with a young family and a spinal cord injury. Story by Ian Baker.
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30.06.20 04:41 PM - Comment(s)
Nobody thought Fernanda would get multiple sclerosis. Her friends didn’t. Her children didn’t. And certainly, Fernanda didn’t. Story by Ian Baker.
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30.06.20 02:41 PM - Comment(s)
Former jockey Ian Duckling built a life for himself with good humour and grit. And then at 80, he met one of his most threatening challenges. Story by Ian Baker.
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30.06.20 11:06 AM - Comment(s)
A disability support worker alerted Chante Masset to the need to prepare for her first NDIS planning meeting. Now the 20-year-old is helping others, through other carers. Story by Ian Baker.
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30.06.20 10:50 AM - Comment(s)
Story by Ian Baker

When founding CEO Ian Bennett formed AQA Victoria in 1987, he formed it to save the jobs of his colleagues.


Alongside other people with quadriplegia, Bennet had been working for the Sydney-based Australian Quadriplegic Association from an office in the Melbourne suburb of Fairfield....
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29.06.20 11:34 PM - Comment(s)
Story by Ian Baker

If a single theme has sustained AQA Victoria from its earliest days, it is the belief that a person living through a profoundly distressing change can benefit from a relationship with someone who has taken a similar journey.


Expressed at first in compassionate visits from AQA staff ...
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29.06.20 10:58 PM - Comment(s)
Story by Ian Baker

From its beginnings as an office where people with quadriplegia could find paid jobs, AQA Victoria was known for its welcoming and straightforward relations with workers, members and clients.


Robyn Canning, who joined AQA in 1989 as a receptionist, points to founding CEO Ian Bennett...
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29.06.20 10:15 PM - Comment(s)

Story by Ian Baker


The disability support service AQA Qualcare was established by a talented trio from diverse backgrounds who served distinct but compatible motives.


Spearheading the project was Mary Reid, a polio survivor who had grown up in Mt Beauty, at the foot of Mt Bogong in north-eastern Victo...
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29.06.20 05:51 PM - Comment(s)
Story by Ian Baker

The organisation that was to become AQA Victoria Limited was established in late 1982 as the Victorian office of the Australian Quadriplegic Association, a group founded in Sydney 15 years earlier.


That group had been formed to promote the interests of people with spinal cord injuri...
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29.06.20 04:28 PM - Comment(s)