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Wendy O’Connor

Wendy O’Connor is Managing Director at Melior Positive Behaviour Support. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical/Educational). Wendy has taken a leadership role in providing positive behaviour support for people with the most complex behaviours of concern for over 30 years. She is committed to expanding and developing a highly skilled team of PBS practitioners at Melior.

Karyn Concanen

Karyn Concanen is the team’s participant engagement coordinator – the team’s first point of contact. Karyn joined the Melior team following a long career at Silver Chain. Her role is to manage new referrals, develop service agreements and support the team to manage workload. Karyn is greatly enjoying working to support people with disability following a successful career in aged care.

Leanne Larkin

Leanne Larkin is Acting Lead Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. She has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Psychology and received a special purpose award in Positively Managing Behaviours that Challenge. Leanne is extremely passionate about her role as a PBS practitioner with Melior and enjoys working alongside people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers.

Tim Stalker

Tim Stalker is Acting Lead Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. Tim has a Master’s degree in Organisational Psychology. He is a Registered Psychologist and has over 10 years’ experience in the disability sector, working in multiple roles during that time. Tim is passionate about empowering his clients and working with them to achieve the best outcomes.

Georgia Matthews

Georgia Matthews is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and experience working at NDIA, the Health Department in general and mental health, at Child Protection and Family Services and as a support worker with people with Autism. Georgia is a passionate practitioner eager to improve the quality of life for people living with disability.

Rebecca Singleton

Rebecca Singleton is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community). Rebecca has held various positions within the justice and disability sectors and is passionate about empowering the clients that she works with. Rebecca is committed to working alongside individuals and their support team from a holistic and evidence-based approach.

Samantha Merritt

Samantha Merritt is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior who is committed in supporting people to find their voice. She has completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with the University of Western Australia. Followed by her Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Murdoch University and was awarded the O’Byrne Prize in Psychology and Social Justice.

Kellie Hill

Kellie Hill joined the Positive Behaviour Support Team at Melior in 2021. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and has worked in various roles within the disability sector supporting individuals with behaviours of concern for over ten years. She is passionate about supporting people with disabilities to live full, happy lives.

Matthew Chadwick

Matthew Chadwick is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior who completed his Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours degree in 2019. Following six years of experience as a disability support worker, leading a small team of support workers, he joined the team at Melior. He is excited to have the opportunity to support the improvement of quality of life for people with a disability.

Ebbe Hawkins

Ebbe Hawkins is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. She finished her Bachelor of Psychology in 2014 and completed a thesis in disability studies during that time, developing a passion for the area. Ebbe has six years’ professional experience in the justice and disability sectors and is a dedicated advocate for the rights of people living with disability and mental health conditions.

Adela Simich

Adela Simich is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior…. more to come.

Finn Leen

Finn Leen is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior and completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2021. Previously an educator, Finn has 7 years’ in-depth knowledge of child development and has experience caring for children with disability. Finn is inspired to assist people with disability to access the support and opportunities they need to thrive.

Kalle Jarvinen

Kalle Jarvinen is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. He has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Hons), with research focusing on pathologisation in disability and mental health. As a sibling, Kalle’s lived experience of disability has made him a strong proponent of empowering people with disability to have more control in their lives.

Emily De Cesare

Emily is a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at Melior. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UWA (Psychology in Society /Psychological Sciences) and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) from Monash University. Emily has experience in the mental health and disability sectors including as a PBS Practitioner. She is dedicated to supporting people with disability to improve their quality of life and preserve their rights.

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