Behaviour Support Masterclass

Behaviour Support Masterclass 4 Experts you must see


Join industry leaders in a collaborative masterclass addressing ethical decision-making and the impacts of communication which underpin Restrictive Practice Matters.


Thursday, 11 July 2024
9.30am – 2.30pm
North Lakes Leagues Club, 1357 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.

Your Experts

Sharon Paley
Director ACRRE

Sharon has worked in education, forensic disability services and community services for people with risk behaviour before moving into roles developing policy, procedure, and practice guidance for Government departments in the UK and Australia. Published on topics including reducing and eliminating restrictive practices, PBS and complex healthcare she is an experienced keynote speaker. With experience as an expert witness, she is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support and is Vice President of the Professional Association of Developmental Disability Nurses Australia

Dr Fiona Davis
Behaviour Support Supervisor

Fiona is a highly respected practitioner in the disability and mental health fields, with over 30 years of industry experience. Her extensive background in health and behavioural science, psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, clinical and practice supervision, and her new challenge of becoming an occupational therapist, have made her a leading authority in Positive Behaviour Support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families. She has worked extensively with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis (disability and mental health), and challenging behaviours. Fiona’s commitment to providing high-quality services to her clients is evident in her exceptional work and the positive outcomes she has achieved.

As our PBS Practice Supervisor, Fiona is responsible for supporting our team of practitioners, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible care and support, and building knowledge and experience both within Mindcare Mental Health Services but also more broadly across the sector, through participation in a range of sector driven initiatives and programs.

Dr Tracy Roxbury
Speech Language Pathology Supervisor

Tracy is a dually qualified speech pathologist/teacher. Tracy became a teacher after completing a French degree and taught for a number of years in primary schools in the UK with a special interest in the language curriculum. It was whilst Tracy was working as a teacher that she became aware of the speech pathology profession and decided to retrain as a speech pathologist.

Tracy has worked as a speech pathologist in New Zealand and Australia across both adult and pediatric populations, in hospital and community settings. Tracy has also worked as a lecturer and clinical educator at the University of Queensland. Since completing her PhD, Tracy has worked on NHMRC language recovery stroke projects for the University of Queensland, supervised research speech pathologists and PhD students, and has also taught into speech pathology degree programmes.

In 2020, Tracy joined CATTS as the professional supervisor for speech pathology, a role she thoroughly enjoys as it enables her to provide individual and group mentorship and guidance to the speech pathologists at CATTS, in order that they can develop as happy, confident, autonomous practitioners. Over Tracy’s career, language and literacy have been a central interest and she has recently started a specialist literacy clinic in Maroochydore to support children, adolescents, and young adults with persisting language and literacy deficits. Tracy is Sounds-Write trained and integrates this evidence-based linguistic phonics approach into her reading, spelling, and writing therapy sessions.

Emma Burke
General Manager Community Services

Emma is an experienced strategic executive leader across the for-profit and for-purpose sectors.  Emma is deeply passionate about her local community and helping others achieve their full potential while ‘being kind to their mind’.  Her values-based leadership has been integral to transformational change processes, most recently in implementing the NDIS in the disability sector.

Emma’s professional practice in community services is based on developing organisational capabilities and business-to-business connections.  She is committed to building strong, accessible, and inclusive communities for people to live their best possible lives.  Continuous learning and being purposeful are important factors for Emma.  She believes that we never stop learning and need to take the time to be mindful about our actions and intent. This has taken Emma along a path of formal and informal learning, including various qualifications in psychology, management, disability, mental health, and leadership.

With a passion for her family, community and living ‘Your Best Life’, you will often find Emma, chasing her 4-year-old son along the beautiful Sunshine Coast coastline.

About us

Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd offers The Allied Health CoLab , Mindcare Mental Health Services, Children’s and Teens’ Therapy Services, WorkFit and Wellness EAP Program, LevelUp Independent Living and Your Choice Plan Management. Our business units work together to provide an integrated and seemless services to our clients.

We operate on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay, and Gympie. Our telehealth services are sought by clients across the region and across Australia. All of our services aim to help NDIS participants and other clients with disabilities and health conditions to live their best life. 

We are committed to growth and diversification to meet real, expressed needs of NDIS participants and other clients. As a not-for-profit, we put people in front of profits and are  leading the development of diverse and inclusive disability support services in the region. We are client-centred, open to great ideas, innovative, and collaboration.

    • We have achieved full quality certification under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission requirements for all of our business units.
    •  We invest surplus funds into our mission of providing quality services that help people live their best lives
Debbie Blumel
Chief Executive Officer


Debbie has extensive experience in strategic leadership positions in disability, health and housing organisations during times of great challenges and transformational change. Debbie is passionate about improving disability and health outcomes and strengthening communities through organisational leadership and regional development. Her experience in integrating and streamlining human services spans Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as national initiatives.

Debbie serves as a director on the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services Board and its Finance and Performance Committee as well serving as a member of the Sunshine Coast AICD Regional Committee. Debbie previously served as CEO of the Northern Territory Medicare Local with accountability for improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways in both urban and remote communities. From 2008-2012, Debbie was an elected councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council where she was able to continue her commitment to strengthening regional communities. Debbie held the Major Projects Portfolio, was a member of the statutory Organisational Performance and Service Delivery Committee, and represented council on the Council of Mayors’ Infrastructure Committee. Debbie was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers for Regional Development as inaugural chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and was elected by Queensland coastal councils to represent them on the National Sea Change Taskforce.

In 2012, Debbie was appointed CEO Northern Territory Medicare Local with a focus on improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways, particularly for remote Indigenous peoples. Following an Executive Director appointment in the NT Department of Housing with a role of building organisational and community organisation capabilities to improve service delivery, Debbie returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Emma Burke
General Manager

BPsych, BSocSc, MAICD, Dip Management, Disability and CSM NDIS Advanced Practitioner

As an established Executive and Strategic leader, Emma brings over a decade of experience in various ‘for profit’ and ‘for purpose’ organisations.

Emma has built her professional practice in community services, always seeking to build individual capacity, capability and connection to business. She is deeply passionate about her local community and helping others achieve their full potential while ‘being kind to their mind’.

Emma has practiced values-based leadership in transformational settings, most recently in implementing NDIS across NFP’s in disability.

Continuous learning and being purposeful are important factors for Emma, she believes we never stop learning and need to take the time to be mindful about one’s actions and intent. This has taken Emma down a path of formal and informal learning, including various qualifications in Psychology, Management, disability, mental health, and leadership.

She is committed to building strong, accessible and inclusive communities for people to function at their very best.
With a passion for her family, community and living ‘Your Best Life’, you will often find Emma, chasing her 2-year-old son along the beautiful Coastline.

Sue Richards
Chief Financial Officer


Sue Richardson is a Certified Practicing Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Diploma of Business (Frontline Management).  Sue has extensive accounting experience across a range of sectors including health and disability, hospitality, heavy vehicles, and education.  Sue joined YBLDHS in mid-2016 and has played a key role in developing the company to meet the business requirements of the NDIS.

Sue provides executive leadership in strategic financial planning and reporting as well as associated corporate functions.  Sue works closely with the Board, CEO and Executive Leadership Team to achieve the Board’s vision of an NDIS-ready organisation through diversification and growth.   As CFO, Sue leads, monitors, and reports on financial management and performance of YBLDHS and the individual P&L performance of its four businesses (CATTS, LevelUp Independent Living, Mindcare MHS, and YCPM).

Melissa Terry
Chief Operating Officer

BSc (Psychology)

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree and extensive international experience in not-for-profit sectors in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  Melissa has worked for Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd since 2017 and was instrumental in opening our Kawana, Caboolture, and Maroochydore centres and implementing our business model.

Melissa is committed to providing a safe, quality service that ensures children of all ages and abilities have equal access to the supports they need at a time and location they need them.

Sarah Brotherton
Centre Coordinator

Continuity of care: emergency and disaster

Your health and safety and that of our staff are of the utmost importance to us, especially during extreme weather events, virus outbreaks, and other hazardous circumstances. 

As a registered and accredited NDIS service provider, we have a duty to provide continuity of care to our clients.  This means we may take extra precautions and can offer telehealth services by video or phone where appropriate.

Funding Types

  • NDIS
  • Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Workcover
  • Enhanced Primary Care Plan
  • Private



07 5293 9080



9 Maud Street, Maroochydore, QLD 4558


Suite 1, 6-8 Perseverance Street, Gympie QLD 4570


8/42 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture, QLD, 4510


260 Morayfield Road, Morayfield
QLD, 4506


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