Meet your CDAH Peer Mentors - Page 2

 

CDAH has a variety of trained Peer Mentors with many different skills, passions and life experiences. Check our Peer Mentor Profiles to see who you would like to work with to achieve the change you want to make in your life.


Raelene Bock

Image description: Raelene sitting at a table during a workshop.

Image description: Raelene sitting at a table during a workshop.

I’m Raelene, I’m thrilled to be working as the Peer Mentor Coordinator at CDAH. I love the power of sharing lived experiences and connecting people with people. My husband and I both live with lifelong disability. We have four amazing children and together we are committed to building a world where everyone belongs.

Over the years I’ve walked with many other people with disability through the stuff of life. My life has been all about fluctuation so I’ve learnt to be determined and to think outside the box to get the life I love.

In my mentoring I want to offer my skills in:

  • Parenting with a disability and balancing work and family

  • Self-managing your NDIS Plan and getting through the review process

  • How to make the most of your NDIS Plan living in a rural area

  • Managingtransitions and helping develop action plans if needed

I’m committed to being a life-long learner - I believe everyone has something to teach me and I’m looking forward to connecting with you.

Find out more about Raelene on her detailed Peer Mentor profile


Deb Hamilton

Image description: Portrait of Deb smiling at the camera.

Image description: Portrait of Deb smiling at the camera.

My name is Debbie I’m 60 years old and music is my passion. Forty years ago, I ‘came out’ as a lesbian. I studied medicine and became a doctor with an interest in sexuality and gender issues. Six years ago, I stopped working as a doctor and now work part-time at CDAH.

My ‘psychosocial’ disability isn’t obvious, but stigma is. As a mentor I can support you to think about the best questions to ask your doctor. Coming out as someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, asexual or intersex can be terrifying. I can support you to find ways to express your sexuality, gender and deal with issues in relationships.

Finally, my lived experience of a mental illness has blessed me with a lot of resilience, and I have come to know that lilies only grow in the valleys so when times are rough the special things about life reveal themselves.

Find out more about Deb on his detailed Peer Mentor profile


Suzy Trindall

Image description: Close-up photo of Suzi.

Image description: Close-up photo of Suzi.

Hi, I'm Suzy. I am a mother raising two beautiful children on my own and living with low vision. I am very active in the Aboriginal community as I am an Aboriginal woman.

I will offer my mentee: encouragement to empower you while you are setting goals for the NDIS. Goals can be anything from living more independently; enrolling in further education or gaining employment; joining a sporting team; organising a cleaner for your home or wanting to get more involved in your community.  

I will support you: whether to live the life you’ve always wanted to live, or the life that you are thinking about for the first time. We can work together to achieve this.

Find out more about Suzy on her detailed Peer Mentor profile


 

Cath Mahony

Image description: Close-up of Cath smiling at the camera.

Image description: Close-up of Cath smiling at the camera.

Hi, I self-manage my NDIS package and love supporting people with disability to take up options like this so we can live our lives the way we want to.
I am blind and believe in sharing my experiences as a person with disability in order to show that what we have in common is far more than our differences.

I’d love to mentor you in:

  • writing skills,

  • telling your story

  • public speaking,

  • confident use of technology (particularly for those who are blind or have low vision)

  • The basics of your NDIS plan, the portal and self-managing your budget.

Find out more about Cath on her detailed Peer Mentor profile