Meet your UpSkill trainer - Summer Foundation
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Meet your UpSkill trainer


Linda Hughes

Linda is the Summer Foundation’s UpSkill Lead and manages the development and delivery of our UpSkill training program.

Having been immersed in the NDIS since launch in 2013, Linda is an NDIS expert, worked as a support coordinator, ran a support coordination business and led a support coordination team. 

She has a long history in disability advocacy and is the parent of a man who has disability. Linda promotes human rights, equality and inclusion of people with disability in all her work.

You can meet Linda at all of our UpSkill workshops including the NDIS & Housing, Evidence for SDA Outcomes, Supporting someone to live well in the community, Supporting someone to move into a new home, Supporting young people living in aged care to benefit from the NDIS, Working with people in the hospital setting and Working with people with complex needs in complex systems workshops.

Helen Jeisman

Helen is UpSkill’s resident Project Support Officer and she focuses on how to continue improving the UpSkill program and training. Helen has a passion for solving problems and is determined to provide support coordinators and allied health professionals with all the resources they need to generate positive outcomes for people with complex needs.

You can meet Helen at most of our UpSkill workshops including the NDIS & Housing, Evidence for SDA Outcomes, Supporting someone to live well in the community, Supporting someone to move into a new home, Supporting young people living in aged care to benefit from the NDIS, Working with people in the hospital setting and Working with people with complex needs in complex systems workshops.

Jess Stubbins 

Jess is the founder and Director of Ablelink, an independent provider of support coordination in Victoria. Jess’s previous roles have included support work, managing supported accommodation settings, working with individuals with acquired brain injuries towards rehabilitation and teaching the Certificate IV in Disability.

Jess is a regular presenter at many of our UpSkill workshops including the NDIS & Housing, Evidence for SDA Outcomes, Supporting someone to live well in the community, Supporting someone to move into a new home, and Working with people with complex needs in complex systems workshops. 

Andrea Lockwood 

Andrea is a Project Lead at the Summer Foundation and has a background in occupational therapy. Andrea’s expertise lies at the intersection of the NDIS and aged care and she is determined to see better outcomes for young people in residential aged care. 

You can meet Andrea at our Supporting young people living in aged care to benefit from the NDIS UpSkill workshops. 

Virginia Mitsch

Virginia is an occupational therapist with a background in ABI rehabilitation, academia and project management. Virginia’s experience with NSW Health included 15 years working within the NSW Health Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program as a clinician, researcher and team leader and as a NDIS transition lead. Virginia was integral in developing the Summer Foundation’s Collaborative Hospital Discharge Approach leading projects in NSW, Victoria and QLD Health. She now runs her own consultancy business around the health and NDIS interface.

You can meet Virginia at our Working with people in the hospital setting UpSkill workshops.

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The UpSkill team has delivered training to over 1,000 NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals.
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