Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023
John began his journey with disability services in 1976, as a direct support worker in residential care, Department of Human Services, Victoria; 2019 being his 43nd year supporting people with a disability, Acquired Brain Injury and High Complex needs and people who interface with the Justice system.
John transitioned from the public to the not for profit sector in in 2005 and commenced with arbias Ltd in 2006. Since 2007 he has held the role of Chief Executive Officer at arbias and has been instrumental in progressing advocacy and awareness raising for people with an ABI and high complex needs including folk with the comorbidities of alcohol and drug and mental health issues.
John has overseen the growth in arbias services from a Victorian based service to one with a national spread and in doing so seen arbias grow to a staffing team of 100+ and a revenue of $9M to deliver the programs and services.
John sees the biggest challenge in current times as the growing trends in Offending behaviour; the impact on community safety and cost to government making Offender support programs key to the suite of strategies in reducing recidivism.
Bachelor Applied Science (Equivalent) Disability and Community studies with specialisation in Learning Disabilities.
Post Graduate studies in Leadership and Management – Australian Institute of Management.