Building on and developing relationships with government and non-government organisations enables IdA to continue raising awareness of the many issues facing people with disability and their families.
We aim to achieve this by:
- Consulting with relevant stakeholders, to identify issues of interest for people with disability, their family members, carers and guardians
- Campaigning for positive change on identified issues of interest, which may be specific to an individual and/or systemic in nature
- Distributing information and promote public awareness of issues that impact people with disability through the development and publishing of resources for members and the broader community
- Ensuring that the views and opinions of people with disability, their family members, carers and guardians are represented on government and non-government organisations committees and boards, particularly those where decisions and policy directions are set that impact the lives of the person with disability and those of their family members, carers and guardians.
Chair: Mary Johnson.
Mary has been involved with IdA since 1995, she has been Chair since May 2010. Mary brings significant experience both personal and professional to IdA. Mary has incomplete quadriplegia from a dislocated neck at C 5/6 caused through a motor vehicle accident. In 2000 she completed a Diploma of Applied Science (Community and Human Services). Mary has a loving and supportive family, who always find the positive side to any situation.
Secretary: Deborah Bampton.
Debbie has ten years experience in the disability sector in NSW and now in the NT. Prior to moving to the NT in late 2009 she lived in Canberra undertaking national project management in the general practice and primary health care sectors, predominately in aged and palliative care. Debbie now works for Somerville Community Services in the disability services team.
Treasurer: Loretta Grimster.
I was born and educated in Brisbane and trained as a nurse at the (then) Brisbane General Hospital. My husband Bill and I came to Darwin in 1968 (for two years) and have never left. We were here for Cyclone Tracy. We have two sons and four grand-children. In 2005/06 I had a series of medical problems which resulted in a below knee amputation. I am very grateful to the staff of the Rehab ward at RDH. My experience of the rehabilitation system was positive, but I understand that is not always the case. My reason for joining the committee of IdA is to hopefully be an advocate for other disabled people in the community, with an emphasis on my specific area of interest, namely amputees.
Committee Member: Richard Griffith.
I am from the earthquake city of Christchurch, New Zealand. My wife, Sue, and I have been working for Keep Moving here in Darwin for approximately two years now. Previously I have worked as Territory Manager for several agricultural companies selling probiotics, minerals and other health products to the farming industry.
We have owned a motel and have also owned a food distribution company in the past.
My hobbies are many but mainly golf, fishing, motorbike riding and a bit of travelling.
I am pleased to help out where I can with IDA and look forward to working with the team.
If anyone has any queries I am always happy to try and help.
Committee Member: Joseph Smith.
My family and I moved to Katherine from Adelaide, South Australia in 1992 and have never looked back. Our family has expanded somewhat and I am proud to have 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren!
I have enjoyed a varied working life, from the printing industry to sales then management and even the owner/editor of the Katherine Review Newspaper. I have worked in the disability employment service for three years and have been with Step Out Community Access Service since 2003. I serve on the committee of the National Disability Service NT as well.
My hobbies are photography and a bit of fishing and I express my interest in the community by being a director of the local Community Bendigo Bank.
Committee Member: Liz Taylor.
Liz and her husband Gary have six children and moved to Darwin in 2004 from Bendigo Victoria. She has worked with the Salvation Army for 17 years, owned and operated her own catering business, and in recent years has gained her Certificate IV in Disability Care and Community Service. Through Liz’s position at Healthscope she has enjoyed the opportunity of working alongside allied health professionals and assisting people with “Acquired Brain Injury”. She was Site Manager at Alawa House and assisted with the development of the facility it is today. Liz currently works at STEPS Disability Queensland as a Trainer and Assessor and sees this as another way to fulfil her desire to see the care of people in need gain a quality of life.