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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.

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. 

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.  

Gabrielle O'Brien
Student Diversity and Inclusion
Griffith University.

Gabrielle has 20 years experience in Higher Education across various areas. She has worked in both staff and student equity roles in three Queensland universities with particular focus on widening participation, access and retention for equity groups, gender equity, diversity training and disability. Gabrielle is also the President of the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA), a position she has held for over 2 years and involved with since 2007.

Ali Parker
Region 12 - Western Melbourne

Ali started as NDCO in July 2017 and is now covering Erin O’Grady’s maternity leave for western Melbourne region.

Ali has a comprehensive background in recruitment and disability employment services, and has also volunteered in a Transition to Work program mentoring women experiencing disadvantage.

Ali is Tertiary qualified in Human Resources and Management, accomplished in leadership and consultation across numerous industries, and has managed her own career consulting company.

Ali is passionate about delivering results that build opportunities for people with disabilities in education, employment and community.

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

Geetha Krishnakumar
Inclusion & Engagement
University of Canberra

Andrea Compston
Higher Education Program Management Team
Quality and Access Branch
Higher Education Group
Australian Government Department of Education

Alex Burkett
Program Officer
Higher Education Program Management Team | Governance, Quality and Access Branch
Higher Education Group
Australian Government Department of Education