Meet Our Team
News! Noosa MTA/STA and Ipswich MTA/STA Facilities Launch
MEET OUR TEAM
Prior to developing Sunshine Coast Disability Services, Simon spent some time working as an AIN personal care worker at aged care facilities. Simon has also worked in community care, specifically caring for young adults at risk. Additionally, Simon has his own lived experience caring for his brother Paul after he suffered an acquired brain injury from a motorcycle accident aged 16 years. Thus Simon really understands the need for, and importance of quality care and support around the clock for those who are dependent on others. Simon believes it is an absolute privilege to be in the position to be able to care for others and be trusted to take over the care of loved one’s by their family members.
Simon strives to provide second to none support in all aspects, particularly for young adults. Families can rest assured Simon has the absolute best interests of their loved one at hand and no task is too difficult for Simon.
Prior to his career in disability, Simon spent his younger years caring for his brother Paul while employed at NSW State Parliament as a legislative assembly official, then later some international travelling before moving to Noosa in 1991, and is a standout father to his two daughters Abella and Georgia. Simon’s personal interests and hobbies include fishing, surfing and deep water ocean distance swimming.
Abella came on board the family business in 2021 after working as a Registered Nurse at a Brisbane private hospital, predominately in an orthopedic ward. Abella and her husband Arden moved to Ipswich in 2019 when they both decided to stay and team up with Simon to work on expanding Sunshine Coast Disability Services to Ipswich. Abella provides unwavering support to clients drawing on her experience in ward nursing and orchestrates the caring side of the business at our newly renovated Ipswich facility.
Prior to nursing, Abella spent eight years working in research into lung disease at a Brisbane public hospital and a private research facility, as well as a clinical measurement scientist in public hospital respiratory departments. Abella’s hobbies and interests include birdwatching, international culture and cuisine, and gardening at home.
Dr Arden Lakaev
Arden commenced his medical training at Ipswich General Hospital. Arden has since had rotational training and experience in almost all hospital departments over the last three years. Today he is also providing the advisory support to his wife Abella and is active within multiple other areas of the business. Arden believes in patient-centered holistic care and has a special interest in rural family practice.
Arden grew up in country NSW. Prior to pursuing medical studies, Arden obtained a Masters of Pharmacy and has worked in community pharmacy. Outside of medicine Arden’s interests and hobbies include recreational reading, sport and exercise and is a fierce cook in the kitchen.
Su began working with SCDS in 2020 after working as a carer within aged care for quite some time. She is always up for a challenge and always finds a way to make every day interesting! Su would not have commenced her disability career if it wasn’t for her husband and becoming acutely aware of the intense need and appreciation for support workers. She is proud to provide the highest duty of care to our most vulnerable participants.
Su is a born and bred Noosa local. Her parents instilled many traits in her of their own. Look after your community. Be kind and be caring. Su has three children of her own and a grandson who she adores. She is devoted to her family and continuing life’s journey alongside her husband. Su’s hobbies and interests include sports, fishing, horticulture and is a mad keen aeroplane and car buff!
Statham has recently begun his career in disability care and joined Sunshine Coast Disability Services in 2021. Prior to working in disability, Statham was a chef for many years and has always had a keen interest in the benefits of food and diet to improve general health and wellbeing. Statham has brought a wealth of knowledge and personal experience in understanding what living with a disability can be like after he was injured close to a decade ago and made it through the long road to recovery. His determination certainly shows and is proud to be in the position to care for others. Statham is back and better than ever! Statham’s hobbies and interests include surfing, surf and swim coaching and photography. Statham is incredibly excited about his new career change and looking forward to the road ahead.
Dusty joined our team at Sunshine Coast Disability Services in 2021. Although he has recently started his career in disability, he has raft of personal and lived experience caring for, and working with people with a disability. Dusty comes from a family of health professionals and care workers and also volunteers his time to help run a non-for-profit charity program directed at young people living with a disability. What drives Dusty is the reward feeling of helping someone else get the most out of, and enjoy their day just that little bit more. He takes pleasure in knowing the client’s family knows their loved one is not only safe but having an enjoyable day. Dusty gets as much out of every shift as his participants do and finishing the day on a natural high leaves him buzzing. Dusty believes being a support worker is not just a job but a lifestyle.
Dusty is a keen outdoorsman and adrenaline junkie. His interests and hobbies include travel, 4WD’ing/camping, surfing, diving, fishing… literally anything that’s ocean-related!
We have the below transportation options available to our NDIS participants.
Our Noosa STA and MTA facility offers a beautiful support environment for up to three clients at any one time. 24/7 care is provided by qualified and experienced staff.
The Noosa accommodation is located in a peaceful and tranquil setting, overlooking a beautiful pool area and park lands, where our clients can relax and rest.
Located only a couple of short minutes to Noosa River and only 15 minutes from Noosa main beach and Noosa national park.
Offering 24/7 nursing support and Doctor advisory support, our facilities are intended to support the most vulnerable of clients, whilst they await outcomes from their NDIS plan manager reviews for specialist disability accommodation or transitioning to aged care accommodation.
Our facilities also offer a tranquil haven for NDIS participants who have STA (respite) funding in their NDIS plan to access. Families and caregivers can rest assured that their loved ones’ needs will all be met with dignity and with the highest of safety standards. Our clinical team can fully support individuals in most areas of their support needs, around the clock.