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OUR TEAM

Dedicated | Passionate | Experienced

Wellspace Australia started off with one person with a dream to make a huge difference in supporting our participants to live their life to their fullest potential. As a team we believe that everyone has the right to live an ordinary and extraordinary life.

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Meet The Team

Wellspace Australia has a team of over 50 Support Coordinators across Australia,. We have a friendly, professional and dedicated Leadership Team with bios below. For more information on our Support Coordinators skills and experience please get in touch with us.

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Alex Dench

Wellspace Australia Director

Alex started working with people with a disability and mental health 15 years ago, supporting participants with a range of needs including working in the Intensive Behaviour Support Program. Alex worked for several years in Juvenile Detention Centres as a Youth Officer, and Drug Detection Security and Intelligence Officer. During this time, Alex facilitated a 1:1 program called CHART (Changing Habits and Reaching Targets) which was designed to assist the young person in making a positive change and reach their goals to reduce the risk of further offending behaviour.

For the last 4 years, Alex has managed a large team of Support Coordinators and has been supporting participants in the NDIS since the roll out 4 years ago. Prior to this Alex was a caseworker and then Team Leader of the Intensive Family Support (IFSO) Program and Stay Connected program. Alex has studied Positive Psychology and facilitates Wellbeing programs for groups of varying ages. Alex started Wellspace Australia with the intention to put “quality” as the key driving point. She listened to what NDIS participants had been requesting and decided to turn that dream into a reality. Alex has studied Positive Psychology, and continues to study self-development courses as she believes it's vital to always continue to grow and learn.

Alex is down to earth, caring and will go above and beyond for her clients.
 

Strengths

Caring, positive, good sense of humour,
 

Fun fact?

Alex does energy healing and coaching on the side.
 

Enjoys/hobbies

Snowboarding, netball, travelling, camping, animals and her 3 beautiful dogs.

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JO

SA Team Leader

Jo Newton comes from a background in nursing, science and research. Jo lived in India for 8 years developing and facilitating wellness programs. Over the past two years she has done intensive case management and Support Coordination working with people with complex needs through the NDIS. Jo has been with Wellspace Australia since the very beginning..
 

Strengths

Jo will go above and beyond to support her clients, she is understanding, caring and a great listener. Jo specialises in supporting people with complex medical needs and is highly experienced in practicing meditation, which enables her to hold a calm space for all her clients.

Fun fact?

Jo can speak Hindi and has been a vegetarian for 40 years.

Jo has extensive knowledge about Herbal medicine and the Fundamentals of Neuroscience.

 

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MARC

NSW Team Leader

Marc commenced working in the disability sector after spending many years as a volunteer with Special Olympics and providing informal supports to a family member who is living with an Intellectual Disability. Shortly after joining Marc found that he was extremely passionate about working with children and young people with disabilities, parents with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and also working in mental health and psychosocial disabilities. Marc has worked in many different environments within the field including Support Independent Living (SIL), Day Programs, Short Term Accommodation (STA) and Support Coordination.
 

Strengths

Marc specialises in working with children and young people with disabilities, children and young people in Out of Home Care, parents with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and working with participants who have a psychosocial disability.

Marc works with participants in crisis and supports them to implement supports and resolve the crisis in their world.

Marc lights up a room when he walks in, he is bubbly and a great advocate for his clients.

Goals and Aspirations

Marc’s goals include striving for his personal best and ensuring that everyone with a disability is appropriately supported within their community.

A couple of your most impressive and relevant achievements

Marc has worked collaboratively alongside other services to support parents who have a disability to have their children restored back into their care.

Marc has supported multiple participants to regulate emotions and reduce behaviours by engaging a team of highly skilled services, coordinating supports, listening to the participants and their support network, building rapport, and ensuring all services are working to a high standard.

Marc has worked really hard to support his participants who were homeless find suitable housing, and resolve points of crisis. Marc is known for doing this in record time.

Fun fact?

Marc loves to go horse riding and finds it relaxing.

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Tina

QLD Team Leader

Tina is a highly experienced manager, she has a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Community Services Coordination and is an accredited trainer. Tina has been working for over 20 years in the community services sector specialising in mental health, employment services, training, counselling and coaching.

Strengths

Tina is insightful and compassionate and aims to help people empower themselves through a strengths-based approach. Passionate about helping people realise their full potential and find their own passion,  Facilitating learning, creating change and challenging people to reach their true potential are Tina’s passions.

Fun fact?

In her spare time Tina has a strange obsession with making handcrafted cold processed artisan soap.

 

Enjoys/hobbies

Craft, being in nature., practicing mindfulness, and spending time with family and friends.  

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Our Team

Support Coordinators, Specialist Support Coordinators and Psychosocial Recovery Coaches

Our Team is rich in expertise and experience and we have a great team of Support Coordinators, Specialist Support Coordinators and Psychosocial Recovery Coaches.

 

Our team members come with extensive knowledge and experience from a huge range of fields such as:

  • Mental Health

  • Complex Mental Health

  • Psychosocial Disabilities

  • Complex Medical Disabilities

  • STA

  • MTA

  • SIL/ILO

  • SDA

  • Child Protection

  • Justice

  • Juvenile Justice

  • and many, many more