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2023 Conference Presenters

Renee Adair

Renee

Renee Adair is the founder and director of the Australian Doula College, the Groundwork Program and the ADC’s charity-arm Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner and in1998 after the home births of her two biological children she began studying and working as a Doula and Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator. In 2019 Renee proudly partnered with Charles Darwin University to co-facilitate Accredited Doula training for Indigenous women in the remote First Nations community of Galiwin’ku. She now sits on the official Galiwin’ku steering committee to restore Birthing on Country.

Renee has worked to change the way we think about Doula support launching an End of Life Doula Training for the College in 2021 with a view for the wider community to see Doula support though a broader lens, supporting all major life transitions, not just in the birthing space. Renee has contributed through radio, conference and seminar presentations, and  has sat on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Australian College of Midwives. She has trained thousands of Doulas and supported hundreds of women, their partners and families through pregnancy, birth, early parenting and end of life over the course of her career. 

2023 Conference Presenters

2023 Conference Presenters

Ella Bailey

Ella

Holding a Degree in Psychology (Dean’s Honour Roll),
Ella completed her research internship at The Marcs Institute for Brain,
Behaviour and Development: Babylab.

She then commenced her international experience and
worked in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying at the Institute of Psychology,
Copenhagen University gaining an international perspective on disability
psychology.

Prior to commencing with Transform Life, Ella has
worked in a wide variety of projects establishing a successful private practice
as well as consulting on special education program development for the NSW
Department of Education and has lectured on Human Development at Western Sydney
University. 

Ella has a passion for empowering
caregivers and parents to feel confident in supporting their neurodivergent
kids. Her areas of clinical special interest are in the PDA profile of Autism
and gender diversity support. Ella has supported families to overcome screen
addiction, reduce aggression and behaviours of concern and to liaise with
schools to create inclusive learning environments for children. 

2023 Conference Presenters

2023 Conference Presenters

Rohan Fullwood

Rohan

Rohan is a good-looking, hard-working, retired man, who likes to spend time with his family and being a good uncle. Now he has more time, he enjoys keeping fit and healthy and enjoys playing more 10 pin bowling. Rohan also enjoys traveling the world.

Since becoming a Health Ambassador with Down Syndrome Australia, Rohan has been achieving his goals of helping people with Down syndrome especially as they start to get older and educating health professionals to make sure that people with Down syndrome are listened to and understand what is happening in their own health. 

2023 Conference Presenters

2023 Conference Presenters

Natalie Graham

Natalie

Natalie leads the Health Project for Down Syndrome Australia. Natalie holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, has an extensive experience in health and has worked as an ICU Nurse and Hospital Coordinator in Melbourne’s Hospitals for over 25 years and is a 2022 Churchill Fellow. Natalie brings with her knowledge and experience of Down syndrome from firsthand experience, as a mother of an adult daughter with Down syndrome and also as a board member and later Chair of Down Syndrome Victoria. Natalie has a strong belief that everyone has the right to be able to advocate for themselves (with or without support, as they choose) and should be listened to and communicated with. 

2023 Conference Presenters

2023 Conference Presenters

Eliza Hull

Eliza Hull

Eliza Hull is an award-winning musician, writer and disability advocate. She is also a proud disabled woman, with a physical disability ‘Charcot Marie Tooth.’

Eliza is the creator of the ABC Radio National podcast ‘We’ve Got This’ about disabled parents which has now been turned into a book with the same name. She is the editor and creator of this book ‘We’ve Got This, essays by disabled parents’ which features parents who identify as disabled, Deaf or Chronically Ill. The book has been released in Australia and now internationally in the UK and US. She has spoken about the book on The Today Show, The BBC, The Drum, ABC News Breakfast, ABC’S Q&A and ABC Radio. She is also a contributor in the anthology ‘Growing up Disabled in Australia.’

Eliza is also a regular writer for Mamamia and ABC and wrote the ABC Kids show ‘And Then Something Changed’ about a child with disability. She recently released the children’s book ‘Come Over To My House’ internationally which authentically represents various families with disability.

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Steven Kennedy

Steven

In 2017 Steven Kennedy embarked on a journey of post traumatic growth and transformation after the life threatening birth of his son. Leaving behind a senior public service role in renewable energy and risk management , he took a leap of faith and founded the registered charity, the PREPARE Foundation. Simultaneously, Steven nurtured the establishment of Birthing Dads, a progressive and globally unique social enterprise.

Both organizations share a common mission: to revolutionize how men approach the momentous occasion of their first child’s birth. Guided by extensive personal research and a steadfast belief, Steven is certain that by providing targeted resources, specifically tailored to first-time fathers, we can greatly improve childbirth outcomes and therefore early family life for billions of people.

2023 Conference Presenters

 

Alicia Melita

Alicia

Alicia is an educator and counsellor specialising in relationships and sexuality support for people with disability. She is a passionate advocate for ensuring that people with disability have access to relationships and sexuality education and support. Alicia has been working with people with disability for over 11 years, with the last 7 years in relationships and sexuality support.

2023 Conference Presenters

Olivia Sidhu

Help For Disabled Mothers

Olivia is a polite, loving, and independent, young advocate who loves to keep busy. The most important thing in Olivia’s life is family and Sunday Roast Nights. Olivia loves to go shopping with friends, spending time with family and working at SJB Architecture. Olivia likes to keep fit and healthy and plays netball and dances and is a big Rabbitohs fan.  

Since becoming a Health Ambassador with Down Syndrome Australia, Olivia has been achieving her goal of being an advocate for people with Down syndrome and making a difference in their lives. Olivia has been educating healthcare professionals about inclusive communication with all people with Down syndrome to improve their health outcomes.  

2023 Conference Presenters

Renae Tate

Renae

Renae is an experienced NDIS approved Positive
Behaviour Support Practitioner and is passionate about removing negative
patterns, behaviours, emotions and trauma in children, teenagers and adults that
cause challenging behaviours and stop people from reaching their full potential.

Specialised in supporting individual’s and their
families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delays and ADHD,
Renae’s helped hundreds of families overcome challenges and achieve their goals
towards living their best life.

Renae has also worked with individuals around
Australia, US, UK and Canada to overcome a range of issues including anxiety,
depression, anger, addictions, PTSD, emotional disorders and mood disorders.

Renae’s qualifications include, Proficient Behaviour
Support Practitioner, BA Communications, Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy, Behavioural Support, Certificate in Engaging in Positive
Behaviour Support, Certified Life Coach & NLP Practitioner and completing post
graduate studies in Psychology. 

2023 Conference Presenters

Kate Toholka

2023 Conference Presenters

Kate Toholka is a disabled mum of two children. Kate has navigated living with a disability since being a child and losing her hearing due to meningitis. Her life experiences have drawn her to working within the disability sector. As an NDIS participant herself, a passionate disability advocate and an OT, Kate brings her experiences, together with her role as previous Chair of the Surf Coast Shire’s All-Abilities Advisory Committee to her current organisation Primrose Family Support Services which provide supports for disabled parents.

2023 Conference Presenters

Nell Tyler

Nell

My name is Nell. I’ve been living with chronic and mental illness since childhood and disability since my early adulthood, and I have experienced firsthand the frustrating and at times saddening differences in the way the world treats those with disabilities and impairments. I have become passionate about advocating for myself and others, making sure people with disabilities know their worth and what they’re allowed to expect from the world, and letting those who work with disabilities know how they can improve their approach to care.

2023 Conference Presenters

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