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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

Advisory Committee Members

Darlene McLennan
Chair of ADCET
National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) and Manager of ADCET
University of Tasmania

Darlene has been the NDCO for Northern Tasmania since 2005 and was, until December 2016,  the President of the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) Through the role of NDCO Darlene has been involved in the development of some key resources that support students with disability including Mountain climbing -A resource to assist graduates with a lived experience of mental illness transition into employment and Making it Happen a work experience guide for people with disability.



Jane Hawkeswood
ADCET Project Coordinator
University of Tasmania                       


Stephen Manson
Manager Student Services

Stephen commenced his current role managing TafeSA Student Services in 2017. Stephen has a Social Work background and has been working in student services and disability support services in post-secondary education for many years. Stephen is particularly interested in the important role post-secondary education plays in providing a pathway to employment for students with disabilities and other equity cohorts.


Shaun Corcoran
Manager Student Engagement and Retention
Bendigo Kangan Institute, Victoria

Shaun is the convener of the Victorian TAFE Disability Network. With a background in the community sector as a practitioner and manager, education as a resource developer / teacher and technical advisor in allied health bio medical services, Shaun brings a broad cross-sector knowledge and experience base to inclusive education. 


Judy Hartley
Cathy Easte
Coordinator, Disabilities Service
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services
Griffith University, Brisbane

Cathy Easte has been a Disabilities Service Officer at Griffith University, since 2010 supporting online students with disabilities. She has also worked for a number of Queensland TAFE colleges, private training organisations and disability services for well over 20 years. Cathy has been on committees for HEDN(Q), TEDCA, ATEND and is actively involved in the Queensland QDLO network. She has extensive experience in support for students who study online / distance or externally (both at TAFE and University levels). Cathy has personal interests in assistive technologies, e-learning and how these can enrich the experiences of students with disabilities, and at times thrives on the creative challenges such technology will create. Training is Cathy’s other passion, wanting to increase the knowledge of academic staff, trainers and teachers to be able to meet the needs of their students without interaction from ‘others’.

Darren Britten 
Senior Advisor
Inclusive Resources Development & Projects
La Trobe University

Darren Britten has been involved in inclusive practice and accessible resource development at La Trobe University for over 10 years. Darren has been active in designing and developing learning objects for online learning, student evaluation systems and has been instrumental in developing the Inclusive Resources Development (IRD) team that provides accessible resources support for students with print and hearing impairments. IRD has won several awards for student support including: 'Making a Difference' award from Vision Australia, an  'Excellence in Transition Award' from Pathways 9 and a La Trobe University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Ashlee Cremona

Ashlee is currently completing a double degree in Law and Psychological Science at La Trobe University. In 2014 she completed her VCE at Thomas Carr College with the honour of DUX.
Throughout the school years Ashlee had actively worked with academics and support services to increase understanding of independent learning with a vision impairment. Ashlee welcomed the opportunity to advocate for education and access, and has contributed to newsletters for Guide dogs Victoria.



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Jodie Hoger
Teacher Consultant (Vision)
TAFE NSW - Illawarra

Jodie Hoger has been the Teacher/consultant (vision impairment) for TAFE Illawarra for 18 years. Jodie is also a member of SPEVI (South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment) and is on the SPEVI committee of management and co-editor of the SPEVI blog. Jodie is passionate about education, training and employment pathways for people who are blind or vision impaired along with developing strategies on access


Hayley Torabi
Inclusion and Welfare Advisor
University of Canberra  

Hayley Torabi has a background in carer support and disability employment services. She studied a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) at the University of South Australia. She is currently an Inclusion and Welfare Advisor at the University of Canberra and has a strong interest in supporting students with disability to succeed in higher education. She has played major role in the development of the electronic database used for distributing recommendations for student adjustments, and has a key role in ensuring assistive technology is available to students. 

2017. Margaret Stanton (Inclusion Advisor, University of Canberra) will  replace Hayley whilst Hayley is on maternity leave.

Wendy Paulusz
Senior Officer Inclusive Development
Inclusive Resources Development & Projects
La Trobe University

Wendy has a personal and professional passion for inclusive education. She has over 20 years teaching (local and international) non-traditional learners in the primary, secondary, TAFE and higher education sectors, as well as experience as a disability advisor and researcher. Wendy is currently lead content developer for 'How Inclusive Is My Subject' an online interactive module to support academics to be more inclusive in their teaching at La Trobe university and provides specialist advice to academics on inclusive teaching at Deakin university.  

Alisha Larkin
National Disability Coordination Officer 
Busy Inc

Alisha started in the NDCO role in 2013 and has come to the program with significant experience in state government, training and has contributed to policy development and provided ministerial advice regarding issues relating to direct service delivery for people with disability, their families and carers. Alisha has a lived experience with a family member with a disability and understands the importance of inclusion for people with a disability. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies


Dr Stuart Dinmore
Lecturer: Academic Development
Teaching Innovation Unit
University of South Australia

Marion MacGregor Burgess
Team Leader, AccessAbility Services
James Cook University

Pam Anderson
National Disability Coordination Officer
Western Victoria
Skillsplus Ltd

Nick Gee
Equity Policy and Programs
Governance Quality and Access Branch
Higher Education Group
Government Department of Education