Dr Geoffrey Waghorn is a well-respected academic working in the area of mental health and vocational rehabilitation. He has proven his commitment to promoting the value of people with disability, and their inclusion in the life of their community.
Hall of Fame
The Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame recognises excellence, innovation and long-term commitment to the evolution of disability employment in Australia.
- Disability Employment Services Sector: A person who has been actively involved in the Disability Employment Services provision, who has contributed significantly to the evolution of disability employment practice, or the program as a whole, at a multi-state, national or international level
- Broader Disability Sector: A person who has made significant contribution to improving the services that intersect with open employment for people with disability or employer-oriented programs, or to raising community awareness of disability employment issues at a multi-state, national or international level
- The nominee has made a major contribution to the principles of the Disability Services Act by promoting the value of people with disability, and their inclusion in the life of their community
- The nominee’s contribution to best practice in the service of employment for people with disability has improved the quality of employment servicing for people with disability across the sector
- The nominee has been innovative in their approach to employment services for people with disability
Hall of Fame recipients
Mark is a self-pronounced advocate of change for people with disability – especially in the areas of employment and accessibility. Mark says we need to treat disability as a ‘whole of life’ issue.”
Suzanne is currently the founding Chief Executive of the Australian Network on Disability (AND). Over the past 10 years she has worked with hundreds of organisations and helped them implement systems and knowledge to build disability confidence.
Clinical Associate Professor Dr Vivienne Riches has made an outstanding impact to the betterment of the lives of people with disability in Australia, in particularly to people with intellectual disability.
Phil, through Jobsupport, has consistently achieved substantial open employment outcomes for people with moderate intellectual disability over the past 26 years.
Brian has made a very significant contribution to the rights of people with disability in Australia, and has particularly advanced employment in the open labour market.
Peter has played a fundamental role in building the foundations of an innovative and progressive disability employment sector along the NSW coast, as well as establishing a national disability employment services network.
Sue has played an integral role in the national establishment of open employment for people with disability, significantly contributing towards improved life choices for people with physical or intellectual disability, and mental illness.
Michael's innovative and evidence-based leadership has consistently guided disability employment not-for-profits through processes of change, enabling a more efficient and accountable sector.
Beginning with his role as an academic in the sector, for the last 40 years Greg has been at the forefront of Disability Employment Services, and is directly responsible for the founding of many DES providers.