Positive Behaviour Support

Matt

Matt commenced work within supported disability accommodation in 1995. After gaining direct experience in understanding the needs of our most vulnerable and disenfranchised, he worked for 12 years in the behaviour intervention support team (BIST) at DHHS, supporting families and individuals who presented with behaviours of concern. Matt has extended on this experience by working within forensic programs and hospital environments supporting carers and offering respite to those experiencing carer fatigue, as well as gaining qualifications in community services (disability), management, counselling, and training and assessment. 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 for others, and his 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.

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.

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.

Ebony

Eb began working in the disability sector in 1993, and has worked in both government and non-government organisations and in a variety of roles and positions. She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual Disability) and is a registered member of Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI).
Eb has spent most of her career directly supporting individuals with cognitive impairments, who may display behaviours of concern. Understanding these behaviours often result as a response to the persons lived experience of trauma, limited life opportunities, communication difficulties and/or sensory processing differences, underpins her empathetic and person-centred approach.
Her passions include ensuring everyone has a voice and can exercise choice and control in their own lives. She has extensive experience in training, coaching and driving cultural change in service provision, ensuring people are supported to live the lives they choose. Eb is the manager of the Positive Behaviour Support Team at Rubix Support.

Belinda

Belinda commenced supporting people within home based and supported accommodation settings back in 2001. Since this time Belinda has built knowledge and experience working in the Government sector supporting people who present with behaviours of concern through the Behaviour Support Program for a period on nine years. This drove Belinda to build on her ethical foundations of treating everybody with dignity and respect in collaboration to support a holistic approach that promotes quality of life for individuals. Belinda then took her experience to work in a high complex setting supporting families and individuals impacted by trauma.  This is where Belinda aimed to provide a collaborative therapeutic intervention with individual’s, the family and relevant organisations to support the surrounding unique individual needs. Belinda works to build rapport with people to implement positive change whilst acknowledging and building on people strengths to see confidence and growth in themselves to live their best life through positive change.

Bethany

Bethany holds a Master of Social Work and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Bethany began working in the disability sector in 2006, supporting young people to engage in recreational activities and build their own social networks. Since, Bethany has worked in community, government and school settings across Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people seeking asylum and students at risk of disengaging from education. Bethany is particularly experienced in the areas of student wellbeing, trauma informed practice and critical incident response. Bethany is passionate about social inclusion and ensuring that everyone is able to engage in activities and relationships that are meaningful to them.

Seyi

Seyi completed a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters in Clinical Counselling (Australian Catholic University).   She has worked across various roles such as a school counsellor, Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapist, homeless intake worker and as an NDIS Support Coordinator + support worker. Within these roles and experiences, Seyi developed a passion for providing early intervention support to young people with developmental delays within an educational and home setting. In particular, working as an ABA therapist allowed for Seyi to implement behaviour support programs in a home based setting as well as shadow their progress at school. Seyi specialised in working with children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Seyi ensures she practices with a holistic approach to empower an individual to reach their full potential in life and improve quality of life.

Charlene

Charlene is an AHPRA Provisional registered psychologist and a Member of the APS. She has completed her Bachelor in Psychology at University of Buffalo in the US, MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology at Bangor University in the UK, and a Master of Professional Psychology at Cairnmillar Institute. Charlene’s from Singapore and is trilingual in Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She has gained international working experiences with young children and adolescents. Charlene is in her final internship year of working toward General Registration.

Charlene is caring, open-minded, and empathic. She employs a collaborative approach to create a safe and supportive space to assist clients in working towards their therapeutic goals and facilitating well-being in line with their needs. She is passionate about working with individuals experiencing disability and school related difficulties as well as other various issues, such as anxiety, depression, anger management. Her intervention approaches incorporating a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), art and play therapy, trauma-informed practice, mindfulness, interpersonal psychotherapy, and schema therapy.

Ari – Therapy Dog

Ari is a happy go lucky girl that loves to play and interact with people. Her breed is a Hungarian Vizsla and as the breeds nick name “Velcro” suggests, makes her affectionate and overly attached to humans. She is in her happy place when she is leaning against your leg or trying to sit on your lap. But at the same time, she can be very energetic and loves going for walks in nature or chasing a ball. You know she is very happy when she is wagging her tail excessively whilst showing you a toy. Her calming activities are using her nose to sniff the ground, chewing bones and licking through the use of sensory toys.   Ari has done a lot of training to become a certified therapy dog through Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI). She was successful in gaining this in February 2020. Her goal is to provide all that she meets with laughter, creativity and connection to provide support to people and the extensive team at Rubix Support. Ari’s owner is Belinda.

Susie

Susie initially gained experience in the disability field through her volunteer roles during adolescence. Susie quickly ascertained a strong interest for helping others and went on to complete a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (LaTrobe University). After completing her studies, Susie strengthened her skillset in the disability sector, working across government and community-based settings, including forensic settings. Susie has experience in direct support work, case management and leadership roles prior to embarking on her journey with Rubix Support as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Susie’s style of work encompasses a social justice and strengths-based lens, focusing on empowering individuals to achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Nadia

Nadia has a Bachelor of Education (RMIT), she has experience working in mainstream school settings as a classroom teacher. Her focus as a teacher was to address all students’ individual needs creatively. She worked with a range of diverse students advocating for their right to positive education. This is where she developed her passion for supporting people with disabilities and their families. She is currently studying Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Monash University) and plans to continue and study Developmental Psychology. Nadia believes in encouraging people to reach their full potential, she believes in equality and will support clients to enable them to complete daily tasks. Nadia has a particular interest in supporting children, adolescents, and families.She enjoys spending time with her two young boys, especially taking them to spend the day at the beach.

Lauren

Lauren commenced working in disability services in 2005 while completing a Certificate III in Education at a Special Developmental School. During her time at the school, she found a passion for supporting people with disabilities to achieve and exceed their personal goals. Lauren went on to hold several roles within disability accommodation services while completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability). Following her studies, Lauren has worked as a Behaviour Support Practitioner, initially within the Behaviour Support Services team at DHHS, before joining Rubix Support in 2019. Within this role she has gained extensive experience working positively and collaboratively with people with disabilities, their families, and their care teams. She has additionally presented many half and full-day Positive Behaviour Support training sessions to external organisations within the disability sector. Lauren holds a firm belief that all people have the right to a life that is fulfilling and meaningful to them. Using a person-centred and strengths-based approach, she is committed to supporting people to achieve this.

Kyle

Kyle has completed a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, and a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental). He is a registered Psychologist and is currently undertaking the Educational and Developmental registrar program to achieve endorsement. He has worked in various roles in the field of disabilities, including as a Provisional Psychologist at a private clinic specialising in Autism and the Melbourne Psychology Clinic (ACU), as well as several years experience working as a disability support worker. Previously, Kyle has worked in the mental health field, volunteering at the ARCVIC helpline which supports people living with anxiety disorders, including OCD and hoarding presentations. Kyle uses a person-centred, strength-based and solution-focussed approach to empower people to flourish and thrive in a way that they choose and is meaningful to them. Kyle has a strong interest in supporting neurodiverse people with complex presentations and can conduct diagnostic assessments in this area.

Bec

Rebecca has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). She successfully completed her honours thesis on Autism with Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Rebecca has previously worked as a behavioural therapist, directly supporting young children with autism. During this role Rebecca developed a strong passion for having a neurodiversity-affirming approach with her clients. Rebecca uses an individualised, strength-based approach focusing on building independence, autonomy and promoting choice and control with her clients. During her studies Rebecca volunteered in various mental health settings including aged care, community-based programs and in schools. She believes in having empathy, dignity and respect for everyone.

Jamilee

Jamilee commenced in the disability field in 2014, initially assisting children with both physical and intellectual disability to engage in gymnastics classes. She is a registered Developmental Educator and completed the Disability and Developmental Education degree at Flinders University in 2016. Since then, Jamilee has worked within day services, both as a support worker and a program coordinator. During her time within day services, Jamilee found her passion for supporting people to meet their individual goals through creative strategies and activities that they enjoy. Jamilee places great importance on a person-centred approach, respecting choice and building independence.

Terri

Terri began working in the disability sector in 2009 and has worked in both government and non-government organisations.
Terri has had extensive experience in varying settings, such as disability accommodation, community access programs, interstate holiday programs, day service programs for adults with a disability and education support in both mainstream and specialist schools.
Terri has also held leadership roles within DHHS and has completed an Advanced Diploma of Disability, along with various other qualifications relevant to her work within the disability sector. For much of Terri’s career, she has provided direct support to individuals who may display behaviours of concern, which has led to her current role as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Rubix Support. Terri has a sound knowledge of behaviour support and has worked closely with individuals and their families over the years to ensure they are supported to live the life they choose and deserve, while assisting them with navigating the challenges that they are faced with. She works closely with other allied health professionals including Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists and Physiotherapists to ensure a wholistic and collaborative approach to providing the most appropriate and individual support to each person. Terri has a particular interest in neurodiverse adults who live in supported accommodation and enjoys empowering and educating their support team to ensure that the individual is provided with every opportunity to achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Julie

Julie has a background in social justice, speech pathology, and health care leadership. She is passionate about working alongside individuals and their support networks to develop their skills, communicate effectively, achieve their goals, and improve their quality of life.

It is also Julie’s passion to raise Guide Dog puppies, ensuring that they are well socialised, confident and not readily distracted. She’s raised three puppies that have become Guide Dogs (matched with a person with low vision) and one Companion Dog. She might sometimes be accompanied by a Guide Dog puppy (this will depend on the age/stage of the puppy and will be discussed with you first).

Natasha

Natasha holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) and Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support. She has worked in the Aged and Disability Sector since 1996. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with clients, their families and service providers to support often complex yet individualised needs. Highlights have included working with individuals across the lifespan including early childhood to elderly within diverse settings.

Natasha values and work ethic are influenced by a core belief that every individual has strengths. Her beliefs align with fostering individuals and their potential to learn and grow within a personalised approach.

Carly

Carly has worked as an educator in both the private and public education system since 2010, after completing a Bachelor of Arts / Education in 2009. Carly’s early career focussed on supporting students through the challenges of navigating school, improving academic excellence and cultivating social skills. After completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Carly’s career as an educator focussed on supporting individuals’ skill development with cooking and nutrition. Through this work Carly has valuable experience supporting young people with disability, behaviours of concern and mental health.

Carly completed a Masters in Business (Public Relations) to increase her knowledge, skills and passion in building two way communication and positive relationships. This interest led to her enrolment in a Bachelor in Psychological Science and her current position as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Rubix Support. Carly is currently completing her honours in Psychology, with the intention to undertake her Clinical Masters in the near future.

Nicola

Nicola has worked in the disability sector in a variety of roles, including residential care, government, hospital and community health settings.  She has a degree in Speech Pathology and has worked as a therapist, team leader and service manager. She has supported people of all ages and has been a passionate advocate for developing inter-professional approaches to working with children and families. She is a respected clinical educator, and simply loves people. Nicola enjoys supporting people to grow, whatever the situation and says she is continually learning from the people she supports. She enjoys her work in positive behaviour support because of its holistic approach to improving people’s quality of life.

Cloe

Cloe developed a strong interest in social justice and disability through experiencing a close family member navigate the disability sector as a participant. She gained professional experience in the disability field through working part time as a Disability Support Worker alongside university study, continuing this role for 7 years. Cloe has completed a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (LaTrobe University). After completing her studies, Cloe strengthened her skillset in the disability and mental health sector, working across government and community-based settings. Cloe has experience in direct support work, community mental health support and trauma counselling prior to starting her journey with Rubix Support as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Cloe’s style of work encompasses a social justice and trauma-informed lens, with a focus on furthering strengths that individuals possess, to achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Ned

Ned has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and has several years of disability support experience. Throughout Ned’s working experience he has developed a strong understanding of the impact a person’s social and physical environment can have on their quality of life, as well as the behaviours they exhibit. Ned has extensive experience working with people with Autism and Intellectual Disability. He implements Positive Behaviour Support strategies and Behaviour Support Plans to increase the quality of life, reduce behaviours of distress and increase communication for the people he supports. Ned places high importance in developing strong and trusting relationships with participants in order to see the best possible outcomes. Ned is planning to continue his studies through a Masters in Clinical Psychology in the future.

Tara

Tara has been supporting people living with disability for the past 6 years, initially as a Community Mental Health Practitioner for adults living in supported accommodation, before moving into her current Behaviour Support Practitioner role while she completes her Master of Clinical Psychology. Tara is an AHPRA registered Provisional Psychologist, professional psychological researcher and has also worked as a tertiary education Disability Support Officer.

Throughout her career, Tara has worked with people across the lifespan, of many different backgrounds, who experience a range of neurodevelopmental, neurological and psychosocial disabilities. Tara values understanding clients’ experiences through the lens of their individual environment, culture and relationships to provide support that protects clients’ rights and desires to live fulfilling lives as they describe.

Bree

Bree is a dynamic Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, passionate about empowering individuals. Formerly a secondary school teacher, she has seamlessly transitioned into the specialised field of supporting and enhancing the lives of individuals with diverse abilities. With a background in secondary education spanning 12 years, Bree realised the profound impact that positive and inclusive environments could have on students’ overall well-being and development. Driven by a desire to extend this impact to a broader audience, she made the bold move into disability services. In her role as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, Bree leverages her teaching experience to create tailored and compassionate strategies that foster positive outcomes for individuals facing diverse challenges. She understands the importance of recognising and embracing each person’s unique strengths and needs, and her approach is characterised by empathy, patience, and a commitment to promoting independence.

Emily

Emily joined Rubix Support in 2021. Emily’s formal education includes a Bachelor in Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) and a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support.

Emily holds a strong interest in supporting individuals to understand their needs, to ensure they are appropriately supported. She adopts a rights-based lens practice to promote inclusion, accessibility and enhance an individual’s capacity to exercise choice and control. Emily supports individuals to advocate for their needs or ensures that there is a key support available to advocate on their behalf. Through her Positive Behaviour Support role, Emily strives to shift people’s language and perception around how behaviours of communication are viewed within the community.

Kimberley

Kimberley first started in a disability support worker role in 2001 while studying a Bachelor of Nursing. She demonstrates a strong commitment to providing a voice and advocating for those often unheard. Her passion lies in optimising the health of Victoria’s underrepresented cohorts, enhancing quality and quantity of life.

During her tenure at a state-wide health service for individuals with developmental disabilities, Kimberley orchestrated the establishment of a sedation service to enable numerous health checks and medical procedures to occur simultaneously, addressing barriers that prevent people with complex needs from receiving these vital services. This innovative initiative delivered preventative and primary healthcare to those most in need. While others thought it was “too hard”, Kimberley found practical solutions through reasonable adjustments and a person-specific approach. As someone who grew up with an intellectually disabled sister, “too hard” is not an option!

Kimberley started with Rubix Support in 2021 in Positive Behaviour Support, and has carried forward her dedication to person-centred support. Her enthusiasm extends to driving enduring change in both health and disability fields to address the 24-year gap in life expectancy for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Harriet

Harriet first began supporting growth and development in others while working as a teacher in both China and Timor-Leste, and withing a range of Government roles. Prior to moving to Rubix Support, Harriet worked closely with at-risk young people who presented with behaviours of concern as a Behaviour Support Specialist in custodial environments. Throughout her career Harriet has worked closely with Child Protection and young people with Youth Justice oversight, in both community and custodial environments. Harriet is currently undertaking a Master of Forensic Behavioural Science to further solidify her skills and knowledge.

Harriet believes that environments in which people feel safe and heard is where positive changes can be developed and start to take place. Harriet works closely with an individual, their family supports and care teams, with a trauma informed approach to support the development of skills and strengths while advocating for individual choice and control.

Alana

Alana is a dedicated professional with a passion for the disability sector, which was ignited during her three-year tenure as a disability support worker. Her direct involvement in providing care and support to individuals with disabilities allowed her to witness the transformative impact of empowering and person-centered support on their lives. Alana’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work from Latrobe University, further solidifying her commitment to social justice and human rights.

In addition to her academic achievements, Alana gained valuable experience as an intern in disability consulting, working alongside individuals with lived experiences. This opportunity provided her with invaluable insight into contributing to culture shifts towards accessibility, inclusive systems, and human rights within the disability sector.

The combination of practical experience and listening and learning from the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities has fuelled Alana’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in the disability sector. Alana is passionate about the empowerment and well-being of individuals with disabilities, and to advocate for their rights and inclusion in society.

Angus

Madison

Rebecca

Sexuality and Relationship Education

Melanie

Melanie is a developmental educator who has supported people with an intellectual disability and Autism in a variety of roles over some 25 years. Melanie focuses on positive change for people with a disability and empowering them to have greater choice and control to live lives of pleasure that are enriched with relationships. She has worked in residential, day services, emergency after hours respite, employment and case management, however, her passion is providing sexuality and relationship education to individuals and their supports. Mel is an advocate in preventing violence against women and girls and recently received the Women With Disabilities Victoria Brenda Gabe Leadership award for her work. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual Disability), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is a registered specialist behaviour support practitioner. Melanie is a member of Australian Sexologists Ltd, she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice. To find out more go to societyaustraliansexologists.org.au Melanie is hard of hearing and signs Auslan. She can be found enjoying coffee at local café’s and walking her dog in her spare time.

Courtney

Courtney has 10 years of experience working with students with disabilities. While studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Disability Studies), she worked as an education support aide, gaining valuable experience supporting individuals with disabilities at a mainstream high school, primary school and special school. Once graduated, she began teaching in Special Education where she remained for five years. During this time, she taught in the classroom and as a specialist teacher in Drug and Alcohol Education and Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE).

Courtney is endlessly passionate about SRE because it is a human right and she believes that everyone deserves to have a range of healthy and fulfilling relationships, alongside a toolbox of supports and skills to keep themselves safe, happy and healthy. She utilises a trauma-informed, harm-reduction approach and is dedicated to adapting her teaching to meet each participant’s individual needs.

Debora

Debora’s experience spans six years in the role of a social worker and four years as a sexual educator. They are passionate about empowering individuals as well as staff through education and advocate for people’s rights to sexual self-exploration.

Debora has worked in several fields with people with and without disabilities both in Australia and in Germany, such as residential homes, specialist schools and counselling centres. They love travelling different parts of the world and occasionally they foster greyhounds.

Support Coordination

Andrea

Andrea has over 25 years experience in the disability sector, in both government and non-government organisations and in varied roles and positions. Andrea’s expertise and the bulk of her experience has been coordinating care for individuals eligible for the Multiple and Complex Care Initiative (MACNI) and NDIS participants needing Specialist Support Coordination. This has involved comprehensive assessment and coordination of supports to some of Victoria’s most at risk and complex participants while navigating the NDIS space. In addition, she has extensive experience working with young people involved in the criminal justice, mental health, disability and education sectors. 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. Andrea has completed a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) and currently is Manager of the Support Coordination Program with Rubix Support.

Angela

Angela has supported children, youth, adults and families in a range of settings including case management, out-of-home care, outreach, one-to-one support, community access, and supported disability accommodation. It was within these roles that Angela developed her passion for advocating for and providing intensive support and understanding to people with autism spectrum disorder, complex needs and behaviours, dual disability, mental health and communication barriers. Angela has completed studies in disability and alcohol and other drugs, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts majoring in youth studies. 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 Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in criminology and sociology.

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.

Juliet

Juliet completed a Diploma in Community Services in 2020 and has over ten years experience in the community care sector. Juliet’s roles have included direct care for people through Veterans Affairs and has spent the past four years supporting individuals within aged care settings. Juliet has completed specific training in dementia and also has clinical experience as an assistant in nursing which saw her work closely with individuals who required continence, catheter care, skin-integrity and those experiencing limitations in mobility. She has worked extensively with individual and families in palliative care who were experiencing bereavement. In addition, Juliet has specific knowledge and experience supporting children on the Autism Spectrum within the NDIS framework.

Daisy

Daisy has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University. Whilst working towards her qualification she worked as a disability support and recreation worker with kids to provide much needed respite to families and carers. This was a rewarding role where she was able to engage kids in meaningful activities and programs, while also ensuring progress towards relevant goals and aspirations. Prior to commencing with Rubix Support, Daisy worked as a senior support coordinator supervising a small team of support coordinators, alongside providing coordination of supports and specialist support coordination to a variety of participants, navigating complex scenarios, situations and NDIS plan implementation with these participants. Daisy is passionate about looking outside the box to support person centred options and solutions that best suit participants and promote their strengths and independence.

Vaea

Vaea has been working in community mental health services after completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology in 2017. Prior to working with Rubix Support, Vaea worked within a residential recovery service for disadvantaged youth with complex needs who had experienced or were at risk of homelessness. This included working from a person centred approach to support those to achieve their goals addressing mental and physical health needs, education and training, substance addiction or misuse along with social and cultural inclusion. Vaea is experienced in working with people with psychosocial disabilities and aims to use a holistic approach to support those she works with to have choice and control in their lives. Vaea is motivated to continue working collaboratively within the NDIS space and is passionate about working inclusively with participants and their families to continue to support those facing barriers to goal attainment and accessing supports.

Jasmine

Jasmine completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Master of Social Work at Griffith University in 2014. Following this Jasmine competed a Masters of Advance Social Work Practice from Charles Sturt University. Prior to commencing at Rubix Support, Jasmine has worked within youth mental health, supporting young people and families with acute mental health concerns. Jasmine is a certificated Dietetical Behaviour Therapist and incorporates trauma informed principles into practice.  Jasmine has a strong passion in social justice and human rights and aims to work holistically to support people to reach their goals.

Georgia

Georgia has completed a Diploma in Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Psychology at Swinburne University. Prior to working with Rubix Support, Georgia worked in the criminal justice system with offenders with a psychosocial diagnosis and complex challenging behaviours. Georgia was a key contributor in supporting offenders to establish goals for themselves, engage in positive behavioural change, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community. Georgia has transferred her knowledge and skills into her current role in Support Coordination. She is passionate about advocating for and providing support for people with complex needs and psychosocial disabilities by enabling participants to live life as they choose, make the most out of their funding and to achieve their plan goals.

Kassandra

Kassandra has dedicated the last 15 years working tirelessly to support those with disabilities and their families. She has worked in clinical, administrative and consultative roles across varying sectors as a speech pathologist, including adult disability day services program, private practice, NDIS planning, ECIS intake and Keyworker roles and Complex Disability Case Management. She has undertaken transdisciplinary and family centred approaches, specialising in the area of complex and challenging behaviours and ASD and implemented AAC, group programs and coached and trained direct staff and carers. She has also assisted in the roll out of a pilot program as sole practitioner within family services to support families maintain their caring role. She understands the importance and significance of listening to and understanding families experiences. She is passionate about building families capacity and resilience and ensuring disability standards, staff competency and community inclusion practices are met. Kassandra also has an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology.

Mary

Mary entered the Disability workforce in 2007, supporting people with a range of needs within outreach programs. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings including; supported disability accommodation for children and adults, supporting adults in day activities and supporting children in respite. Mary holds an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management and was awarded the Excellence in Promoting Rights, Fairness and Safety award at the 2022 Victorian Disability Awards. Mary has significant experience across the sector and is passionate in assisting people to achieve their goals.

Alice

Alice has a Master of Social Work and extensive experience working in secondary schools as a teacher and year level coordinator. She is passionate about equality, social justice, and the power of relationships. Alice keeps the individual and their family and community at the centre of her work.

Lisa

Meet Lisa, an experienced Support Worker, Psychosocial Recovery Coach and Support Coordinator. She has a wealth of knowledge around support provision, built from the ground up. Lisa is empathetic, dedicated and passionate about finding ways around systemic barriers and solutions that don’t fit the mould. Before working in the disability sector, she had a diverse career, including commercial photography, event coordination, retirement living concierge and in the Victorian public service. Lisa holds a Masters in Social Change and Sustainability and an undergraduate degree in Applied Science, plus a Certificate IV in Disability. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Art Therapy at Latrobe University.

Catherine

Caroline

Amber

Matthew

Abimbola

Estelle

Gen

Aimee

Lifestyle Support

Felicity

Felicity has been working in the disability sector for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of roles and has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Disability and Inclusion) / Arts (Education) from Deakin University. Felicity has worked providing direct support to children with autism and other cognitive impairments, in an education setting with adults with cognitive impairments and in the NDIS planning space. Felicity is passionate about inclusion in community life to ensure a high quality of life for all individuals.

Lina

Breda

Michaela

Deep

Aasta

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.

Hazem

Hazem holds qualifications in disability support, community services management and management and has over twenty years of experience in the disability sector. Commencing in assisting adults with complex support needs, delivering one to one person centred approaches to individual support staff and teams in complex support settings, being part of quality assurance governance groups, undertaking service reviews training and tasks with a focus to improve services and outcomes for individuals, management positions overseeing residential settings for over 10 years with a personal emphasis on building a positive culture in the sector. Hazem is director and co-founder of Rubix Support. He has a keen interest in problem solving and long-term changes that improve services and individuals’ accessing appropriate and meaningful supports.

Luke

Luke joined the Rubix team in 2019 as the Business Development Manager. Luke holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) and a Masters in Business Administration. Having worked in a variety of leaderships roles, Luke brings over 20 years of disability related experience to Rubix – both from government and non-government sectors. Starting in roles supporting people to achieve their life aspirations, then moving into management positions within accommodation and community based services, Luke brings a solid understanding of all levels of support, business structure and process. Luke is passionate about people, leadership, service development and both personal and professional growth; all contributing to the role of Business Development Manager at Rubix Support.

Anthony

Anthony has worked within the disability services sector since 2014, providing direct support and working in team leader roles across various settings, before moving into management positions across both Not-for-profit (NFP) and profit for purpose organisations. He has a passion for workforce development, empowering people to thrive leading a life of their own choosing that is meaningful to them and building capacity and a positive culture within the sector. Anthony holds qualifications in; disability support, trauma informed care, mental health, community services and sector management. Anthony is currently studying a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

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Edith

After moving from sunny Queensland, Edith joined the Rubix team in 2022 as People and Culture Advisor. Edith has studied a Bachelor in Business, majoring in Human Resources and Management and brings over 10 years of experience to the role.

Edith has a special interest in talent acquisition, culture, wellness and professional development and enjoys supporting people to reach their potential. With a deep understanding of the complexities of human resources, Edith is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that empowers the individuals that make up our amazing team.

Deborah

Deborah took on the role of Administration Support with Rubix in 2023. She will be your friendly face at reception alongside Office Coordinator Angie. With a background in community radio, environmental politics and sustainable transport, Deborah is passionate about the intersections of social, environmental and disability justice. She strives to make the office an inclusive and welcoming space for all.

Angie

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