Ambassador Profile Series

Over the past six months we have been catching up with IncludeAbility Ambassadors to talk about their lives, current projects and interests and employment for people with disability. 

Click on the links below to learn more about our Ambassadors. 

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Simon Katterl 

Simon is a mental health advocate, and a consultant at Simon Katterl Consulting. Simon has worked on important reforms in the sector, including at the Royal Commission, for the Victorian Government, in peer and mentoring work, and in human rights. 

Read more about Simon 

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Trudi Fischer 

Trudi is a Physiotherapist and Arrowsmith Program teacher. Trudi worked as a physiotherapist in rural WA prior to her injury and has since worked in the tertiary sector and small business. 

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Paul Harpur

Paul is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Law School, athlete, and the 2022 Blind Australian of the Year.

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Lisa Stafford

Lisa is a Planning expert in Inclusive Communities and Cities, and is currently a Senior Research ARC DECRA Fellow at the School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania.

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Sam Drummond

Sam Drummond is a Discrimination Lawyer, lives in Naarm (Melbourne) and is a self-confessed tea connoisseur.

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Audrey O'Connor 

Audrey is an actor, film maker, screen writer and author. 

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Tim Ferguson 

Tim is a widely acclaimed comedian, screen writer, author, actor, comedy coach, advocate, and patron of MS Australia. 

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Jane Spring 

Jane is the Chair of the Disability Council in New South Wales. Jane is pursuing a non-executive director career and  loves travelling, seeing the world and enjoying recreational activities with her friends.

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Heidi La Paglia Reid 

Heidi is an experienced researcher, contractor, consultant and advocate specialising in intersectional disability and neuro-inclusion. Heidi is a proud disability and women's rights advocate and is passionate about making the world a better place for women, people with disability and all other marginalised groups.

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Simon McKeon 

Simon was the 2011 Australian of the Year and has made significant contributions to Australia in the areas of business, philanthropy, social responsibility and sustainability.  

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