Dr Namira Williams – CEO & Educator
Namira brings to this organisation both her personal and professional experience.
As a midwife and nurse for over 30 years, she has worked in a range of midwifery models of care. Her career has been based on social justice, working to improve the healthcare of mothers and babies in disadvantaged groups. These include young women and Indigenous women. She has established projects with a focus on community development in women’s health for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous women in Australia.
The birth of two babies within her family to young women with learning disabilities has provided both lived experience of disability, as well as personal experience in the transition to motherhood for these women.
“Through my personal experience and doing this research, I became aware of the need for establishing a website – and the reasons for disAbility Maternity Care organisation.”
In 2013, Namira was awarded by her peers the ‘NSW Midwife of the Year’ (Australian College of Midwives, NSW Branch) for her midwifery work. She has received other awards for presentations on her doctoral research. This study focused on maternity care for women with intellectual disability, and has been presented at several conferences.
Namira’s experience in teaching, within the community and at University creates highly informative and practical training webinars. She also provides specialist Support Coordination to NDIS participants.
Giorgio Di Lorenzo – Marketing Manager
Giorgio is an essential team member and is passionate about the inclusion of those with a disability as parents. Now having his own family, it has become even more important:
“The vision of disAbility Maternity Care is awesome – to be able to change the conversation for these parents – it’s wonderful being part of that”
At disAbility Maternity Care, his skills as a digital professional with a background in marketing, design and digital media is crucial in assisting consumers understand the business vision. Through creative solutions he is able to make disAbility Maternity Care’s concepts a reality. Giorgio assists with the artistic direction, marketing strategy and all digital out-puts. In particular, his skills have contributed to the developing of educational YouTube clips for both consumers and health providers.
Sophie Kubowicz – Administration Assistant
Sophie is an asset team member and being on the board with us for a couple months now. She is a small stature and has a physical disability but that does not stop her from doing the things she love!! Sophie has completed all the Business Administration courses such as Certificate I to Diploma and also successfully completed the Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical). She has her own business and been running it for 5 years now.
“I love being on the team of disAbility Maternity Care because there are no other services like it!!”
Sophie assists with Data Entry and Administration. Such as; updating the website, Mailchimp and creating Databases. Sophie has a passion for Data Entry and Admin.
Amanda Liddell – Project Education Officer
Having spent the most part of my life caring for others, as a mother, a police officer and also a midwife, the natural progression for me was to support families who are living with a disability, as this is where my true calling lies. The favourite part of my work, and indeed my life, has always been supporting women (and their partners) no matter the situation. The reason I have joined DMC is because here I can encompass all my interests, skills and passions and make a difference to others in a more impactful way than ever before.