Our Customer Reference Group provides valuable customer, parent and carer perspectives with regard to planning, development and delivery of services.

You can contact our Customer Reference Group by emailing [email protected].

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Claire Parker

Chair

Claire’s daughter has cerebral palsy and Asperger’s syndrome and has been receiving services from Therapy Focus for more than 10 years. Claire has long been involved with the Health Department as an advocate for consumers of Health Services, both as a volunteer on Consumer Advisory Councils across the North Metropolitan Health Service and as an employee working in the area of Safety, Quality, Performance and Organisational Culture. As such, she has substantial experience of both sides of the clinician/patient equation. Claire joined the Customer Reference Group to share her family’s lived experience for the benefit of the organisation and of the broader disability community.

 

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Amanda Reed

Amanda’s association with Therapy Focus began in 2010 when her son, who has cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability and vision impairment, entered the schooling system. She holds a number of qualifications in community services and has worked primarily in the children’s services sector for many years. Amanda has a strong interest in capacity building and has a passion for inclusion – particularly of families in remote communities. She is delighted to be a member of the Customer Reference Group, in addition to her role as a Board Director, and hopes her knowledge will support Therapy Focus in achieving better outcomes for families. 

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Frances Marsden

Frances started accessing Therapy Focus’ services for her son, who is diagnosed with autism, in 2014. The strong relationship her family developed with their therapists was her motivation for joining the Customer Reference Group. Frances has a Diploma of Business Management and has worked in the retail and hospitality industries as a manager for the last 20 years. She also volunteers as a puppy educator with PAWS, who raise assistance dogs. Frances is passionate about working in partnership with Therapy Focus to provide the best support and strategies for her son’s future and believes that her role is to educate people about autism and advocate for her son and others living with autism. 

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Deborah de Geeter

One of Deborah’s twin boys is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He son started services with Therapy Focus 6 years ago and has made great progress in that time. Deborah works as a nanny and is committed to supporting and nurturing children to help them achieve their potential. Deborah joined the Customer Reference Group to contribute to the development of services and to collaborate with other parents and carers. 

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Margaret Mtambara

Margaret is a mother of two adult sons and a 8 year-old daughter who born with a disability. Her daughter has six diagnoses, with the primary being a neurological condition called Lobar Holoprosencephaly. Margaret is the full-time carer for her daughter whilst also working as a high school teacher. She began accessing Therapy Focus’ services when her daughter transitioned to the NDIS, and joined the Customer Reference Group to bring diversity and new perspectives to the group. Margaret is passionate about empowering parents and carers to ensure their voices are heard. 

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Evelyn McKay

Evelyn is a proud Bibbulmun woman who was born in Perth and has connections to the South West areas of Busselton and Geraldton, as well as Northampton. She is a mother of five and has a son diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, and another who has ADHD and anxiety. Evelyn is also the Founder and Chair of the Aboriginal support group, Be My Koorda, which means ‘be my friend or brother’. Evelyn joined the Customer Reference Group to be the voice of other Aboriginal parents who are unable to contribute to the group. She believes in making a difference in the community by representing children and their families to be included and supported as they navigate the NDIS. 

Elie Sassine

Elie is the full-time carer for his teenage son who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Sassine family started accessing services from Therapy Focus in 2010 in an effort to help their son develop communication and daily living skills, and to help him live life to the best of his ability. Elie joined the Customer Reference Group with his wife Samar to advocate for parents of children with special needs and to witness firsthand what their influence can help achieve. 

Samar Sassine

Samar helps to care for her teenage son alongside her husband Elie, who is also a member of the Customer Reference Group. Like most parents who have a child with special needs, Samar is passionate about ensuring her son lives his life in safety and happiness, knowing that there are people who will support and care for him. Samar joined the Customer Reference Group with her husband to learn all that she could for her son, and to give back to the organisation that has supported her family with the things they could not do on their own. 

Kristen Ugle

Kristen is a full-time carer for her son, who is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also a Director and Treasurer at Aboriginal support group, Be My Koorda, which means ‘be my friend or brother’.

Kristen joined the Customer Reference Group to help make a difference in the lives of families and children like her son. She is passionate about living life to the fullest and spending time with her family.

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Interested in joining our Customer Reference Group? Simply download an expression of interest form, complete it and return it to us.

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