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Tony Herbert


My main business location is:

Victoria, Australia

Do I offer services online?

Yes

Type of provider

  • Support coordination

I have experience supporting people with:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Neurological disability
  • Physical disability
  • Spinal cord injury

More information about my experience:

I have worked in or around aspects of disability since 1989. Recent roles include Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaM’s) worker; Owner and operator of Plan and Perform Occupational services assessing and reporting on disability workplace employment, NDIS Local Area Coordinator and owner and operator of Life Connect Disability Services Support Coordination services. Housing experiences range from supporting mainstream housing assessments through Supported Independent Living (SIL), Individualised Living Options (ILO) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). After extensive experience as a support coordinator working with complex clients I have started the new company (Connect to Home SDA Consultants) which specialises in working with supporters, providers and others to develop and submit funding applications to the NDIA for SDA housing.

I have skills working with:

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People in crisis or emergency situations
  • People in hospital
  • People involved with the justice system
  • People living in or at risk of entering residential aged care
  • People seeking mainstream housing
  • People seeking specialist disability accommodation (SDA)
  • People who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • People with behaviours of concern
  • People with high and complex health needs
  • Support workers - including meeting their training needs

My formal qualifications and professional memberships include:

Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology (honours). Member of Disability Intermediaries Australia. Member of Australian Psychological Association. Member of National Disability Services.

A little bit more about me:

I am a mature man in my mid fifties. In the past I worked for lots of companies in various aspects of disability. I worked across the board from the legal field as a researcher and investigator right through to as a disability support worker and developer of employment programs. This gave me a great grounding in understanding how to work with people to get things done. Then I went and started my own disability companies to learn how the industry works from another angle. I also managed to squeeze in a very short stint with the NDIS. I was amazed at how complicated and rule bound the NDIS was. It was really hard to see everyday Australians getting confused and overwhelmed by lots of legal jargon and referencing to rules and criteria’s that didn’t always seem straight forward at first glance. With this in mind I went into support coordination and made it my mission to really understand how to get the best results for clients. Now I do that with SDA applications.

My professional values are:

My greatest value for working with anyone is that we all deserve a fair go. I reckon if I am know how to do something well then I should help someone who might not have the same grasp I have on how to go about it. I believe the mark of the strongest society is how it treats its less able members. When I am working with complex SDA applications my clients often identify as struggling a bit and needing the help. That’s only human to want someone to be good at something so you don’t have to be. Be good at something and give everyone a fair go. That is my motto.


Personal Details


Registered NDIS service provider:

I am a registered NDIS service provider and my NDIS provider number is: 4050066158

ABN:

57628353051

Contact Number:

0448634817

Availability:

I have availability now