8 February 2022

Senior Support Coordinator

We welcome Anthea in her role as Senior Support Coordinator, whereby she will be overseeing the Support Coordination team at OC Connections, driving consistency in service delivery, identifying process improvements and responding to the needs of our support coordination participants and families.

Anthea has an 11-year history of working in the disability sector: first within DHHS funded Out of Home Care packages and HACC funded respite programs; then as a Support Coordinator when the NDIS was rolled out in the Bayside/Mornington Peninsula LGA in April 2019.

“Support Coordination and the possibilities it brings to participants and their families is the long-awaited change we as a sector have been advocating for,” she says. “For many, it is the first time in their disability journey that they have had the ability to choose and tailor their support and funding.  Now participants get to decide who and how they will engage and can use the funding in their NDIS plan to achieve this.  Working as a Support Coordinator enables me to assist in tailoring that support and watching the participant be the driver.”

It is no surprise then when Anthea lists her work to transition participants from their previous funded supports across to NDIS as a highlight of her career. Her greatest joy in this role is helping participants to take their wish list from a long-held dream to actual fruition by advocating and attending planning meetings and ensuring that the term ‘choice and control’ can become a reality.

Anthea’s goal in her role as OC Connections’ Senior Support Coordinator is to continue to push for the participants voice in their journey, advocating for inclusion across all areas and ensuring that the participant continues to be the driver of their life.

Anthea is also aware of the challenges that her and her team will need to overcome, especially where many participants’ plans have minimal funded supports. She sees the Support Coordinator’s role to help overcome these challenges:

Being able to guide and introduce supports and therapists to commence assessments, develop plans and provide ongoing action allows future NDIS plans to be tailored to the individual. Assisting to navigate the at times complicated NDIS environment is something I enjoy immensely.

This passion and drive, coupled with Anthea’s lived experience and knowledge of how people want to be supported and what is needed to do to assist them in this process is key to her success in supporting people navigate their plans, achieve their goals and continuously plan for their next achievement.

Anthea is also always looking ahead and at ways to help vulnerable people seek and receive the supports they need to achieve their goals. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology with the aim of assisting individuals within the Justice system access NDIS supports in the future.

  1. Welcome on board Anthea, OC Connections is pleased to have you work with us to enable participants to choose what they want, achieve their goals and have the support to create an enjoyable life, meet new people and do new things.