Anthony has had over 35 years working in the Human Services area and in particular the Disability Sector in the local area. Since 17 years of age, Anthony has worked alongside people with a disability in both the Government and Non-Government sector. Anthony has held positions directly supporting persons with a disability, managed an Activity Therapy Centre and Supported Employment Workshop, was an Area Case Manager who worked alongside individuals families and organisations to assist in developing and implementing behavioural strategies and techniques for challenging behaviours.
For the past 13 years, Anthony was involved in major system reforms while working in the disability sector and since 2016 working to support participants and families plan and transition in the NDIS. Anthony has seen a lot of changes whilst working in this role from the implementation in 2006 of the new ‘Disability Services Act’, in 2009 the ‘Growing Stronger’ process and now in 2018 transition into the ‘NDIS’. Anthony’s passion and goals are for everyone to have choice on how they would like to live their life and how they would like to interact within their own community.
Anthony is also an active member of the Innisfail District Disability Awareness Group (IDDAG). This is a community based group which is chaired and owned by community members. Over the past 10 years, Anthony has seen the group achieve many outcomes for the local area (Cassowary Coast Region). IDDAG meets once a month and discusses issues/activities that are identified by community. The group invites guest speakers to deliver information on specific topics as well as inviting integral members of the community (Members of Parliament/Local Councillors etc) to highlight and discuss issues. These topics can range from accessibility around the town and transport issues through to organising events to celebrate community activities such as ‘Disability Action Week’ and ‘International Day for Persons with a Disability’.
Some of Anthony’s qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) and a Diploma of Community Connections.
Alison Den Hartog
Alison has worked in the Disability Sector to support participants and families in the Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell areas for 8 years. A mother of two children, Alison understands the importance of family connection and support.
Alison studied nursing whilst working with aged clients and clients with a disability to provide quality hands-on care. Alison then moved into the private medical sector and worked as a nurse at a local health centre for eight years, gaining skills in a wide range of medical fields from mental health to child health and wellbeing engaging with all areas of allied health, community networks to ensure each family and individual was support to achieve the best outcomes for them.
Alison has a passion for providing quality disability support, and has worked in the Disability Sector for the Tully and Cardwell areas for the past Eight years. Alison has formed strong bonds with her clients and believes personalised and holistic care and services are essential to creating quality life outcomes for people living with a disability and their families. Alison is invested in the Cassowary Coast community and has participated in a variety of community events and initiatives, such as Disability Action Week and Child Protection Week. She also has strong connections with other local organisations and services and a thorough knowledge of the services available in the region. Alison has been a part of Community Recovery following various natural disasters, both locally and state-wide and has the skills to provide support to clients in crisis situations.
Alison’s passion is helping her clients to be their best selves, reach their goals and break through the stigma of disability. Alison believes personal and family input in decision making is vital to clients accessing opportunities and having a say in their future.