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Our staff are professional, caring and compassionate and show an amazing dedication to our client’s needs.

We are continually seeking people to volunteer for positions on the board as it is important to have representatives from all areas of the community, with varying backgrounds and a wide range of skills; from management, planning, evaluation, finance and education etc. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer board member.

Mike Gilbert – Board Member

Mike has been living on the Tablelands since 1974 working with government and more recently as an environmental consultant. He lives with a disabled family member and understands the day-to-day issues associated with supporting disabled young people. Mike clearly sees the need for a strong organization that manages ongoing support for disabled people in the region.

Kate - Board Member

Kate joined Disability Matters in 2016 with a background in Applied Behavioural Therapy, Childhood Education and Care. Kate is also currently the President of the Tableland Autism support group. Working in early intervention, Kate is directly involving in the teaching of children with learning differences, speech delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder and difficult behaviours.

Kate works as a part of a team, alongside parents, family, teachers, professionals to implement individual programs within different work places such as Kindergartens, Schools, and individual homes. Kate has a passion for early intervention and helping young children develop into stronger more independent young people.

Peter Johnston – Board Member

Peter grew up in Longreach on a sheep and cattle property. Peter was a practising vet in Queensland for many years. The family moved to the Atherton Tablelands in 2010 with their son Tom who had suffered a severe head injury from a horse accident while mustering in 1997. The move for retirement was for a more suitable climate for them all. Peter wants to contribute to the ongoing wellbeing of disabled people in the district and enjoy being part of the focused and dedicated group that is Disability Matters.

Robert Clauss – Board Member

Robert is the Local Business Manager for Westpac and he is an ardent advocate for Disability Matters. Robert was born and raised in the local area. He has strong connections with the community and small businesses and is passionate about equality and equal opportunities for all.

Jon Nott – Board Member

A builder on the Atherton Tableland since 1973, Jon Nott has been recognised as being one of the best builders in Australia after picking up a national award. Jon is a great advocate for disability access laws in buildings and is very community oriented with many contributions to local projects including the suspension bridge at Yungaburra and the university facility at the Malanda Vet Clinic. Jon has disability in his extended family which combined with his business savvy will make a great contribution to the Disability Matters Board of Management.

Wendy Richardson – Board Member (Vice President 2017/2018)

Wendy Richardson (nee Norman) grew up in Far North Queensland, as a 4th generation member of a long-standing, pioneering family. She was educated in Cairns before moving to Brisbane to study for her degree in Speech Therapy at the University of Queensland. Wendy has worked throughout Australia as a speech pathologist for educational constitutions and also has developed her own private practices. Her special interest is in children’s speech disorders, but added voice disorders in adults and children as an area of particular focus. For several years, while conducting her private practice, Wendy also purchased and ran a small beef cattle and tourism facility on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns.

Denis Cole – Board Member (President 2017/2018)

Born and raised in North Queensland, joint owner and managing director of the Raging Thunder group of companies for the past 26 years. Sold this business in 2016 and semi retired to Atherton Tablelands. Treasurer of the FNQ Angels group which mentors and raises capital for new start and young business developers based in NQ. Denis brings a new business oriented dynamic to the Board which will be valuable leading into the new NDIS environment.

Want to make a difference in your community?
Interested in becoming a disability support worker?
Do you want flexible hours? We provide supports 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Please contact us for an employment application or further information.



Disability Matters is a not for profit organisation. We constantly require new equipment, upgrades of our facilities and work towards developing new programs enabling us to provide exciting opportunities for our clients. Your support helps us to carry out our mission of helping people with disabilities achieve their goals by providing them with effective support solutions.


All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Disability Matters Inc is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ABN 71 168 476 100)



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