ASSBI/Shine Lawyers NDIS Workshops

Speakers

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Libby Callaway
Libby is a registered occupational therapist, senior lecturer in the occupational therapy department at Monash University and director of Neuroskills Pty Ltd. At Monash, Libby leads a range of collaborative research projects focused on housing, technology and workforce design for people with disability, funded by state and federal government. Libby consulted to the National Disability Insurance Agency during development of their Specialist Disability Accommodation Framework, and at Neuroskills she works with current and future National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants on pre-planning and NDIS plan implementation
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Clare Eves
Clare Eves is National Special Counsel and Practice Leader of Shine Lawyers’ Medical Law Practice.
With over 15 years’ experience, Clare represents individuals who have been harmed as a result of the negligence of healthcare professionals.
Clare began her legal career in the UK in 2001, and has practiced exclusively in plaintiff injury litigation since. Clare immigrated to Australia and began working for Shine Lawyers in 2008, continuing to work in injury litigation with a focus on complex cases, and injuries involving brain and spinal injury. Since 2015, Clare has practiced exclusively in medical negligence, specialising in the following areas:
Birth trauma and asphyxia resulting in Cerebral Palsy
Delayed or misdiagnosis of serious spinal conditions resulting in paralysis, and
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of strokes or infections of the brain such as meningitis involving serious brain injury.
Clare leads a national team of expert medical negligence lawyers, possessing over 75 collective years of qualified practice. With a proven record in achieving results for those who have suffered devastating and life changing events, her team works closely with individuals and their families to navigate their legal journeys. The team strive to obtain outcomes that will give individuals financial independence, future security and access to the best healthcare and support services available. To date, Clare and her team have won landmark decisions in a number of jurisdictions, achieving unprecedented damages for deserving clients.
Clare’s expertise is often sought out in national and state media, having featured on the ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9, the Courier Mail, news.com, Body and Soul and Mamamia. Clare has also presented at a number of prestigious industry events including The Australian Lawyers Alliance State Conference, LegalWise Seminars and as a Panellist for Youngcare.
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Janet Wagland
Janet is the General Manager Community at Brightwater Care Group. As an Occupational Therapist by background she has integrated her professional knowledge with years of experience in the health and disability sectors to create innovative lifestyle and recovery opportunities for people with acquired brain injury.
Janet has worked for many years for Brightwater providing services for young people with complex care needs resulting from neurological disability. Janet has had a key role in the redevelopment of Brightwater’s unique rehabilitation service for people with brain injury ensuring that the specific needs of people with brain injury as well as the highly successful service model were intrinsic to the planning and design of the built environment. She has also influenced the services she oversees to investigate and then embed standardized outcome measurement as part of day to day practice. This has enabled measurable person centric goal development, effective review and refinement of services and demonstration of quantifiable service outcomes at a time when government, through the NDIS and newly created Motor Vehicle Accident Schemes, is recognizing a need to develop strategies that reduce lifetime care costs for people with disability.
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David Bayly
David Bayly is a Director of Bradley Bayly Legal and has been since its incorporation in 2001. Following several years of working with his eventual business partner Brian Bradley, David was admitted to practice in 1994 and has experience working in personal injury litigation spanning 3 decades. He now heads up a team of solicitors dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who have been wronged. Bradley Bayly Legal specialises in personal injury law with a focus on acting for Plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic injuries. David and Bradley Bayly Legal have achieved record settlements in personal injury claims in Western Australia.

David has been invited by the University of Paderborn as a guest lecturer on two occasions and is a regular lecturer for the Royal Australian Colleges of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Psychiatrists and Occupational Physicians. David also presents an annual lecture at the Post Graduate School of Psychiatry. David regularly prepares papers for the Law Society of Western Australia and most recently presented a paper for Legal Wise Seminars on the topic of Assessing Quantum in Complex and Catastrophic Damages.

With clients across three continents David’s passion for and dedication to righting legal wrongs is the driving force behind Bradley Bayly Legal and he is committed to continuing the fight for the rights of catastrophically injured people and their families.
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Brooke Kooymans
Brooke graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology (1998), Bachelor of Social Work (1998), Master of Social Work in Advanced Counselling, Human Service Leadership and Human Service Management (2004), Griffith University with a Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Case Management (2007) and is currently undertaking her PhD. Brooke is a member of the Case Management Society of Australia (CMSA), the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Australia Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) and Synapse. Brooke is a Certified Practicing Case Manager and an Accredited Mental health Social Worker.
Brooke brings almost 20 years’ experience working as a social worker in acquired disability, complex rehabilitation and catastrophic injury management working with Australia’s leading government and non-government agencies in both the public and private sectors. As the Director and founder of Rehability Australia, Brooke leads a team of professionals to deliver best practice, innovative clinical social work and specialist case management with a proven track record for exceptional service delivery in line with ethical and professional standards of Social Work practice. Brooke has developed her knowledge and skills in private practice in the disability sector for the last 14 years. With significant knowledge and experience of the effective utilisation of focussed psychological strategies, Brooke applies her clinical skills to trauma counselling and crisis management for individuals and families. Well regarded in the Social Work Community, Brooke presents at local and national conferences on her work involving acquired brain injury management. Brooke readily lends her knowledge and skill to both her team and also as a professional supervisor, university guest lecturer and the convener of the AASW Qld Branch Disability Practice Group.
Brooke is committed to striving for excellence in the field of complex case management and has a special interest area in the field of acquired brain injury. Brooke has demonstrated throughout her career that she has the expertise to assess, understand any individuals and families, build positive working relationships and guide them towards positive outcomes.
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Nickelle Morris
Nickelle has worked in plaintiff personal injury law for nearly 20 years. Admitted in the Supreme Court in 2006 and the High Court of Australia in 2007, Nickelle has become an expert in her field of catastrophic injury.
Nickelle specialises in traumatic brain and serious spinal injuries and is passionate about seeing her client’s return to a sustainable life. She is extremely proactive in the rehabilitation needs of her clients, working closely with case managers and government agencies such as NIIS or NDIS. Her practical and technical expertise has paved the way for Nickelle to secure great outcomes for her clients and lead by example in her role as Team Leader of Shine’s Major Claims’ Team.
Nickelle joined Shine Lawyers in 2008, and has consistently and confidently represented her clients to a high standard whilst providing them with compassion and empathy.
Nickelle balances her busy work life with being a mum of two and enjoys spending time boating on the waters of the Gold Coast with her husband and children.
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Kim Neill
Kim is a speech pathologist with 18 years of experience working in a variety of different settings and countries. She first became involved with the NDIS as part of the 18-24 year old roll-out in Tasmania while working as a therapist and then as discipline manager with St Giles, a not-for-profit organisation. Kim moved to Sydney, and opened a joint speech pathology and occupational therapy practice in Revesby, South West Sydney, a little over three years ago. NDIS rolled out in this location in July 2017 for all ages. Kim therefore has great insight and hands-on information to share with regards to registration, service options and costs, and tips and tricks for therapists currently working with NDIS or considering registration.
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Caryn Ger
Caryn is an Associate for Shine Lawyers' Medical Law Practice in NSW. Caryn began working in a national firm, where the predominance of work was defendant work. Caryn felt drawn to plaintiff law, and has practiced in plaintiff personal injury litigation since 2009. Since that time, Caryn’s career has focused increasingly on medical negligence, and she began working with Shine lawyers exclusively in medical negligence 3 years ago. In her capacity as Medical Law Practice Leader, Caryn conducts litigation in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria.
Caryn’s practice incorporates a broad range of medical law claims. These include delayed diagnosis cases, birthing injury and cerebral palsy cases, surgical error cases, anaesthetic error cases and wrongful birth cases. Caryn also frequently assists clients with coronial inquests.
Caryn is passionate about the interplay between medicine and the law, and the many interesting policy and ethical issues that this area can uncover.
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