Positive Behaviour Support

Dr Nathan

Dr Nathan has recently joined Rubix Support from the UK. He completed a Master’s degree and PhD in neuropsychology at the University of Leeds before completing his 3-year specialist doctorate in clinical psychology at Kings College London (Nathan is currently classed as a Psychologist in Australia). Nathan’s experience and expertise thus far has come primarily from working in brain injury rehabilitation, where he has worked extensively with individuals, families and clinical teams in providing a broad range of interventions, including positive behaviour support. Nathan is enthusiastic about applying the skills developed in other areas of clinical psychology to people with developmental disabilities. He is particularly interested in family and team-based interventions; the use of technology to support individuals with disabilities; and adapting and applying the most up-to-date evidence-based psychological approaches. Nathan likes to take a pragmatic, flexible and creative approach that seeks to overcome practical obstacles to implementing effective behaviour support. When working with Nathan you should expect a non-judgmental attitude; empathy; warmth; and a smile.

Lauren

Lauren initially gained employment in the field of disability in 2005 whilst completing a Certificate III in Education at a Special Developmental School. During her time at the school, she discovered a passion for supporting those with an intellectual disability to achieve and exceed their personal goals. Lauren went on to hold several roles within disability accommodation services whilst completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability). Following her studies, Lauren obtained employment as a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Clinician in 2012 and continues to strive to enable her clients to achieve their best life within this role. Working in PBS services, Lauren has developed a special interest in working with children and their families. To enhance her ability to support clients to achieve equality, equity and a higher quality of life, Lauren commenced a Master of Social Work, in which she is currently enrolled.

Sabrina

Sabrina is a Provisional Psychologist currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience working within the community sector in various roles that have included parent and family support, case management, play-based therapies, supporting children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse and problematic sexual behaviour, foster care recruitment, training and as a direct support worker within child protection and disability. Sabrina has experience in various modalities of therapy including CBT, PDT, play based therapies and trauma work. She works from a person-centred, family model with a trauma and attachment lens. Sabrina is particularly interested in safety planning and risk assessment around problem sexual behaviour and self-harm/ suicidal ideation, education around respectful behaviour, consent and health sexuality and supporting diversity and equality, LGBTIQ, sexuality and gender differences.

Phoebi

Phoebi is a provisional psychologist, having recently completed her Masters in Community Psychology at Victoria University. Before joining the Rubix Positive Behaviour Support Team, Phoebi previously worked in therapeutic roles in individual and group settings. In these roles Phoebi gained experience facilitating social skills groups for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents, conducting assessments, and providing a person-centred therapy. Phoebi also has experience working closely with people with disabilities and supporting them with daily living tasks. Phoebi has a strong interest in helping people to improve their quality of life and develop their capacity for independence, social skills and making active choices in their lives. Phoebi views the individual and their environments as inextricably linked. She enjoys working in CALD communities and values diversity.

Melanie

Melanie has supported people with an intellectual disability in a variety of working roles over some 20 years. Working alongside people with a disability in residential, employment, respite, case management, day services, emergency after hours respite, sexuality and puberty education.  Melanie focuses on positive change for people with a disability and empowering them to have greater support and choice to live independent lives. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual Disability), certificate IV in Training and Assessment, certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis and can sign Auslan.  Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, training her dog, Lucy in obedience and drinking coffee!

Matt

Matt commenced work within DHHS supported accommodation in 1995. After gaining direct-experience in understanding the needs of our most vulnerable and disenfranchised, he commenced work in the BIST team (behaviour intervention support team) where he worked for 12 years supporting families and individuals who presented with behaviours of concern. Matt has extended on his experience by working within forensic programs and within the hospital-based environment supporting carers and offering respite to those experiencing carer fatigue. Matt has extensive experience in training teams in the principles of positive behaviour support and reflective practice. His approach is very much led by an unconditional positive regard and personal values and core beliefs of empathy, dignity and respect. Matt believes that positive change comes from the investment of all people in the person’s life including the community. Matt’s passion is looking outside of the box in creating opportunities for people to feel included in their own lives and a firm belief that life can be better for those with cognitive impairments.

Sally

Sally has recently joined the Rubix team having finished her Master’s in Psychology, after completing both her Undergraduate Degree and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Before Rubix, Sally previously worked at Autism Spectrum Australia, providing one-on-one strength-based mentoring and in employment and community access which included modelling positive behaviour to all participants. Sally has a strong interest in assisting individuals to develop their independence in daily living skills, increasing choice and control and strengthening social connections.

Mignon

Mignon is a registered psychologist, recently completing her Master’s of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Prior to joining the Rubix Support Team, she worked for Mind Australia providing counselling and support for mental health carers. Mignon also has experience working as a disability support worker, facilitating group programs and providing one on one independent living support. Mignon has a particular interest in helping individuals improve their emotional self-regulation and enjoys helping clients to learn new skills and understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Sarah

Sarah has recently completed her Masters in Community Psychology at Victoria University. Before joining the Rubix Positive Behaviour Support Team, Sarah previously worked in therapeutic roles in individual and group-based settings. In these roles Sarah gained experience facilitating programs with parents focusing on attachment parenting styles and in facilitating social skills programs for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents. Sarah also has experience presenting to the community on respectful relationships and mental health topics, conducting assessments, and providing person-centred therapy. Sarah has five years of experience working closely with people with disabilities, including in residential care. In this role she supported her clients to complete daily living tasks and work towards their goals. Sarah has a strong interest in helping people to improve their quality of life, develop their capacity for independence and increase their choice and control. Sarah is also passionate about using a feminist framework to improve the sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women.

Andy

Andy has recently joined the team at Rubix from his previous role as Principal Practice Adviser – Disability, DHHS North Division. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1985, is a qualified de-briefer and work place assessor with 40 years experience working with people that have struggled to be heard. Andy specialises in listening to people’s stories; hearing how their disability, autism, mental health, ABI, trauma or complex life experiences have impacted on them and their families. Andy’s work focusses on building on these stories through a human rights lens to assist the person to develop skills and seek opportunities to meet their potential. He spent 20 years working directly alongside people in the community. Using the Positive Practice Framework, Andy has assisted in developing training packages, presented Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) training workshops to over two thousand direct support staff for DHHS, community services organisations and other professionals. Andy has provided consults for children and adults and worked collaboratively with families, residential services, schools, day services, hospitals, prisons and community organisations.

Dr Rucha

Dr Rucha has been working as a Positive Behaviour Support Specialist for the past 6 years. Rucha has a Masters in Neuropsychology (UK) and a PhD in Gender Differences in Autism Spectrum Conditions (La Trobe University). Rucha has also previously worked with children and young people with severe behaviours, cognitive and developmental impairments and trauma affected children. Rucha has presented in various national and international conferences, and published articles for websites and peer reviewed journals. Rucha has an expertise in conducting workshops and delivering training programs to parent groups, schools and professional groups on various topics related to Autism, Positive Behaviour Support, Trauma and Girls with Autism. Rucha has trained more than 30 professional organisations and more than 200 professionals and has conducted Positive Behaviour Support workshops attended by more than 500 parents/family members across Victoria.

Ebony

Ebony has over 25 years experience working in the disability sector in both government and non-government organisations in varied roles and positions. She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual disability) and is a registered member of Developmental Educators Australia Inc. Ebony is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Play through Deakin University.

Ebony’s expertise and bulk of her experience is in supporting individuals with cognitive impairments who may display behaviours of concern, that often result from limited life opportunities, communication difficulties, sensory processing disorders and trauma. She has extensive experience working with people with Autism Spectrum, Acquired Brain Injury, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and cognitive impairments.

Her passions include ensuring everyone has a voice and can exercise choice and control in their own lives. She has a depth of experience in training and coaching teams and driving cultural change in service provision to ensure people are supported to live the lives they choose.

Winnie

Winnie recently joined Rubix Support after moving from New Zealand. She is a provisional psychologist and completed her Master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (University of Auckland). Winnie has worked closely with people with disabilities at a special school and residential service. During this time, she supported individuals with daily living tasks and helped them reach their individual goals. Winnie has also worked one-on-one with young children with autism spectrum disorder, focusing on areas such as adaptive, social, and play skills. Winnie has a strong interest in helping people gain independence. She is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys hikes and going to the movies in her spare time.

Fiona

Fiona is a registered psychologist who completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at RMIT and Australian Catholic University. Fiona is experienced in ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) therapy and has also previously worked as a behaviour support worker providing assistance in the home and the community. Fiona has also worked with children and their families within schools and private practice settings.

Fiona is incredibly passionate about working with individuals and families to overcome challenges in areas such as communication and social skills, anxiety, self-esteem, emotion regulation as well as supporting families with understanding and managing challenging behaviours.

Lekshmi

Support Coordination

Andrea

Andrea has over 20 years experience working in the disability sector in both government and non-government organisations in varied roles and positions. Andrea completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (disability studies) and Bachelor of Social Work. Andrea’s expertise and bulk of her experience has been coordinating care for individuals eligible for the Multiple and Complex Care Initiative (MACNI). This program provided comprehensive assessment and coordination to some of Victoria’s most at risk individuals (a small number of people aged 16-years and over with combinations of mental illness, substance dependency, intellectual impairment, acquired brain injury, and forensic issues). In addition, she has extensive experience working with young people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. Her passions include resilience building, strength-based approaches, advocacy and service system coordination to ensure that collaborative and tailored approaches to service delivery are provided.

Angela

Angela started with Rubix Support in early 2018 as a Support Coordinator. Prior to this Angela’s experience has been in both government and non-government sectors working in a range of settings including out-of-home care, outreach, 1:1 support, community access, case management and Supported Disability Accommodation. These roles consisted of supporting children, youth, adults and families. It was within these roles that Angela’s passion for advocating, providing intensive support and understanding to people with ASD, complex needs and behaviours, dual disability, mental health and communication barriers grow. Angela has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Studies, a Cert iv in Disability, studies in AOD. In this relatively new role of coordination of supports Angela is now tackling the world of NDIS – Supporting participants to achieve their goals by encouraging them to have choice and control over their NDIS plans. She assists participants to develop an understanding of their NDIS plan, and to implement new services by encouraging as much independence as possible.

Lauren

Lauren has diverse experience providing practical and emotional support to adults across diverging health settings and supporting children and families involved in the child protection system. She is passionate about promoting individual’s autonomy and ensuring individuals and families are connected to formal and informal supports, which promote their wellbeing.  Lauren has completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminology and Sociology and has recently completed a Master of Social Work.

Ulli

From an early age, Ulli’s life revolved around supporting people who were disadvantaged. She has a Master’s in social work and for the past 10 years has worked in the field of disability at a (drug) Addiction Emergency Centre, a rehabilitation centre for adults with mental illness and drug related addictions, as well as a Disability Support Worker and a House Supervisor at a Children’s Respite facticity. Ulli has a strong focus on the participants needs, coupled with her cultural awareness skills and emphatic personality, this enables Ulli to successfully support the participants she works with.

Jodie

Jodie has qualifications in both law and psychology, having completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychological studies (Honours). Before starting with Rubix, Jodie has experience working in community services, assisting individuals and families who were struggling financially, acquired brain injury case manager and assisting clients to access support services within the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Jodie has a passion for social justice and assisting individuals to navigate through the systems to assist them achieving their goals.

Wayne

Wayne completed a Bachelor in Psychology (Honours – Cairnmillar Institute) prior to joining Rubix Support.  He has experience working primarily with people who have Acquired Brain Injuries in both support coordination and positive behaviour support. These experiences have included supporting people in community settings, assisting individuals out of complex situations and encouraging people into mainstream services.  Wayne’s passions include assisting individuals to build autonomy to be able to guide their recovery and assisting individuals to identify and achieve their goals.

Rachael

Rachael brings with her over ten years of experience in the services sector, she has spent the last four years working within the NDIS space in varying roles spanning from providing direct support with independent living, developing and coordinating community group activities, to leadership roles within support coordination. Most recently, Rachael was working in an exciting space which intersected the NDIS with youth homelessness and Justice departments to ensure our most vulnerable people had the best opportunity to access the NDIS . Rachael has been working closely with partner providers, Brotherhood of St Lawrence and NDIS to develop a culturally safe Aboriginal support coordination manual which the NDIS will adopt and develop training modules for in the future.
Rachael is passionate about supporting people from all sections of our community, she considers herself a human rights advocate who strives for equality and social justice.

Jarrod

Jarrod completed a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work at La Trobe University in 2013. He has previously worked in both government and community service organisations as a disability case manager and in various other roles with a focus on coordinating supports and responding to risk. Jarrod is passionate about understanding each person’s individual experience and assisting them to access the supports and service required to achieve their goals.

Zoe

Rubix Support Leadership

Niall

Niall completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) and is a current member of Developmental Educators of Australia Incorporated (DEAI). For 15 years Niall worked within government and community-based organisations supporting people with complex presentations, focusing on positive behaviour support in all his roles. Starting out in residential settings directly assisting adults and children, Niall has also held management positions with the Behaviour Support Service, Family Intervention Support Service, Family Outreach Support Service and Disability Accommodation Services. Niall is director and co-founder of Rubix Support.  He has a passion for achieving positive outcomes for the people he supports and strives to nurture the same in all his team members.

Maree

Maree joined the Rubix team in 2018 as the General Manager. Maree holds qualifications in both nursing and management and has over 30 years of specialist expertise within the disability sector. Maree has a strong focus on supporting self determination and community participation for people with disabilities. She is motivated by supporting people to reach their full potential and advocating their choices in the process.
Maree has extensive experience in establishing and leading positive team culture. She has comprehensive experience in positive behaviour support, case management and the provision of personalised lifestyle support. This breadth of experience ensures that Maree is well placed in her role as our General Manager.

Hazem

Luke

Business Administration

Leah

Leah has over 15 years experience in the disability sector, having successfully tackled a variety of roles from supported accommodation supervisor, customer and client services in the youth sector and administration in the not-for profit sector prior to moving across to Rubix Support.  During this time, Leah completed the Advanced Diploma of Disabilities in 2008.