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Disability and Inclusion Advisory Board

The Disability and Inclusion Advisory Board is comprised of Deakin representatives and external experts in the field, including people with disability, course alumni, and representatives from industry bodies who employ our students. The board contributes to the relevance and currency of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses in disability and inclusion and the ultimate success of our students.

Industry members

Alexandra Gunning (Chair)

Director, Operations Support Division, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Alexandra has extensive experience across the disability services sector having commenced her career working with people who have a disability in early 1981. Her experience includes several specific roles ranging from a direct care practitioner, learning and development, behaviour intervention support specialist, forensic services, and project management (including capital and service redevelopment roles).

Alexandra also has senior leadership experience across a variety of roles whilst working in the Victorian State Government, Transport Accident Commission, not-for-profit Disability Services sector and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Alexandra was instrumental in establishing one of the NDIA’s first trial sites in Victoria (2013) and has since managed a number of program areas within the NDIA’s participant experience, policy development, market and sector development and communications and engagement divisions.

Alexandra is also a board member of the Victorian Disability Worker Registration Board, and Samaritan House Geelong (a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting men experiencing homelessness).

Jacqueline McKim

Jacqui McKim has extensive experience in the community services sector, having spent close to a decade working in client engagement and diversity and inclusion in not-for-profit organisations. Jacqui has a lived experience of cerebral palsy, and strongly believes in the value of people with disability sharing their lived experience to inform and influence the systems and services they engage with.

Jacqui is currently the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at genU, and a non-Executive Director of the Kids Plus Foundation.

Nadia Mattiazzo

Nathan Despott

Deakin members

Professor Jennifer Watts, Head of School, Health and Social Development

Associate Professor Angela Dew, Lead, Disability and Inclusion

Dr Joanne Watson, Director, Postgraduate Disability and Inclusion

Dr Kevin Murfitt, Coordinator, Undergraduate Disability and Inclusion

Graduate representatives

Ms Miia Tolvanen

Student representatives

Ms Bridge Charter

Ms Julia Manning

Mr Jeremy Finkelstein

Ms Roanna Antonie

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