About Us

Capacity Builders

Cultural Advisors

Members

Rick Yamine
Leading consultant in multicultural and indigenous research

Rick has over two decades of social and government industry experience focusing on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

Justin Noel
Indigenous Consultant

Justin is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous communications, research and facilitation consultants. He is a Dhungutti man who grew up in Western Sydney. Justin specialises in the provision of strategic advice, collaborative planning and contextual analysis.

Disability and Community Inclusion Unit (DCIU)

Members

Pammi Raghavendra
Pammi Raghavendra
Senior Lecturer, Team leader for Capacity Building

Pammi is a speech pathologist with over 30 years of research, clinical and/or teaching experience in working with children and adults with disability especially those with complex communication needs using augmentative and alternative communication.

Caroline Ellison
Caroline Ellison
Senior Lecturer

Caroline is a Developmental Educator with extensive professional practice and diverse qualitative research experience, including expertise in the evaluation of disability services, ageing and disability services

Michelle Bellon
Michelle Bellon
Lecturer

Michelle is a Developmental Educator with 15 years of research and teaching experience in community  integration following acquired brain injury, counselling and education in clinical rehabilitation, and epilepsy.

Fiona Rillotta
Fiona Rillotta
Lecturer

Fiona has over 11 years of experience in the disability field, with specific expertise working with people with an intellectual disability, and research associated with attitudes towards people with intellectual disability; evaluation of community living; family quality of life; self advocacy; and inclusive post- secondary education.

Ruth Crocker
Ruth Crocker
Lecturer

Ruth’s specific areas of interest and experience include counselling and case management support for families, and for people living with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, intellectual disability, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, profound deafness and hearing impairment, and work-related injuries.