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MY VOICE

ABOUT MY VOICE

My Voice is a social enterprise providing services to people with disability and their families across New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Our work is constantly informed by the lived experience of people with disability, their family and support staff.  We have a strong commitment to quality and achieving meaningful outcomes in people’s lives as they determine it.

We have supported and trained hundreds of people with disability and/or their family members.  We have also assisted many more to achieve greater independence and control in their lives.  We have witnessed and celebrate real transformations in the way people live their life.

WHO WE ARE

With a passion for and a commitment to the international rights of people with disability, My Voice Directors Deborah Frith and Robert Zoa Manga started My Voice in 2011. They saw the potential of self-management and self direction to change people’s lives. Robert was one of the first people in Australia to self manage his disability funding package and engage his own supports.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Quote from Buckminster Fuller
ROBERT ZOA MANGA - DIRECTOR

ROBERT ZOA MANGA - CEO

Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Public Health University of NSW, Master of Health Services Management.

Robert has worked in health and social services for over twenty years. He has held the positions of Resident Medical Officer, Beijing Medical University, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Faculty of Medicine at New South Wales University and Education and Research Consultant at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre. 

Injured in a hit and run in 2005, he uses a wheelchair and self manages his own disability funding and support staff.   Robert is also the President of Spinaltalk NSW, a member of the Australian Catholic Church Disability Council and a Panel Member on the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He is also a Member of: Panel Advisory Group of UTS Assistive Technologic Lab; AIDARRP and the WHO-FDRG, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney.

He is fluent in Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish and English.

DEBORAH FRITH - DIRECTOR

DEBORAH FRITH - CEO

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education.

Deborah celebrates a 30 year long career in the disability sector.  Her experience has included the positions of Manager Information and Private Guardian Support at the Office of the NSW Public Guardian, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Brain Injury Association, Director of Marketing and Business Development Royal Rehabilitation Centre and Project Development consultant with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust UK.  Prior to that she worked for 8 years supporting children and adolescents with disability and behavioural support needs in a statewide service.

She has lead initiatives such as the statewide community education campaign on Enduring Guardianship and the Roundtable on Capacity Assessment. She has provided a range of senior level advice to government including as an inaugural member of the Lifetime Care and Support Advisory Council. 

DENISE CHEE - SPECIALIST SUPPORT COORDINATOR AND CLINICAL LEAD

DAVID COYNE – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OPERATIONS

David Coyne is a recent member of My Voice, joining as the Executive Director Operations. He has over 30 years’ experience in a human services environment in New South Wales, the United Kingdom and Australian Governments, having worked across the disability, mental health, behaviour support and guardianship sectors.

David is the former Executive Director of Office of the Senior Practitioner within NSW Government and more recently held the role of National Branch Manager, Complex Support Needs within the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). He is a registered Psychologist.

MICHELE WIESE - DIRECTOR POLICY AND PRACTICE

Bachelor of Science (Hons), Master of Special Education (Hons), PhD, Member Australian Psychological Society, Fellow Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability 

Michele is a psychologist and special educator who has worked in the disability sector for 38 years. Her work has always aimed to achieve the marriage of research and practice. Michele has been a long-standing advocate in the disability field and her experience has spanned accommodation, supported employment, education, and aged-care services, and has included clinical roles, staff training and management, policy development, and service evaluation.  She has worked together with people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychiatric disability, as well as families, educators, and allied health professionals. 

In addition to her clinical experience Michele brings teaching and research expertise to My Voice in her role as a university academic of almost 30 years. She maintains strong links with the university sector both here in Australia and internationally.

ROBYN GOODMAN - SUPPORT LIAISON

ROBYN GOODMAN - SUPPORT LIAISON

Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training.

Robyn’s extensive experience includes office management, administration, employment and training roles as well as in indigenous leadership. This includes significant engagement with government departments and indigenous communities. She has implemented employment training initiatives and coordinated land claims along with delivering finance and budgeting assistance. Her experience includes time as an Acting Coordinator for first the NSW and then the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Councils and roles with First Contact, ET Australia, the NSW Department of Education and Centrelink.

Robyn has for more than 30 years continued to be a well-respected leader in her local indigenous community and has active community involvement in Aboriginal dance and bush tucker. She is passionate about mentoring indigenous trainees for achieving employment outcomes.

CHESTER BENDALL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

CHESTER BENDALL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND COMPLIANCE

Bachelor Applied Science (Env. Bio.), Postgraduate Diploma Business (Marketing).

Chester has over 17 years experience working in communication, marketing, and strategy, through to international business development, partnership management and leadership roles. He also has many years of experience in biosciences, public health campaigns and science communication. Employers include NSW Health, CSIRO and three universities. As an elected leader Chester established representation for university students with disabilities. As a wheelchair user he actively participates in and supports accessible sports that improve the lives of people with a disability, along with fund raising for research. 

Chester’s passion is working with diverse people on new endeavours. He has joined the My Voice team to manage business development, marketing and NDIS registration compliance. Chester draws on his energy, knowledge and experience to help My Voice grow whilst ensuring administrative systems support high levels of quality and safeguards for our participants.

NERINA PULVIRENTI – SPECIALIST SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Bachelor of Arts, Certificate IV Business Management

Nerina has more than 20 years’ experience managing complex customer relationships in a range of industries. Starting her career in project management and logistics, she has for the last 10 years worked as a tireless advocate for the rights of people with a disability.

In this capacity she has managed a large and complex book of personal injury clients for the Perpetual Trustee Company and held senior roles at the NSW Guardian & Trustee where she was responsible for making decisions in the best interest of clients, taking into account their needs, rights and expectations.

Nerina is fluent in Italian and passionate about language education. She has extensive experience in multicultural and multilingual environments.

    CONTACT

    0438 320 068
    info@myvoice1.com.au
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    My Voice is a Registered Provider - NDIS Provider #405 0000 827  |   ABN -16 150 368 237
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