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Solve Disability Solutions

Contact

Name: Rosemary Nolan

Position: Grants and Fundraising Coordinator

Email: info@solve.org.au

Address

C/- Royal Talbot Rehab Centre 1 Yarra Blvd

Kew

Melbourne 3101

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Our Mission / Objective


Solve Disability Solutions mission is to design, make or modify equipment for people with a disability whose needs cannot be met commercially.


Our Beneficiaries


Solve Disability Solutions works through Victoria assisting people of all ages and disabilities and their carers who need custom made or modified equipment.


Projects in Progress


We are a volunteer-based organisation dedicated to people with disabilities. We achieve our mission through the:
- Design and construction of equipment otherwise commercially unavailable
- Modification of commercially available equipment to suit client's special needs, and
- Provision of specialised technical advice to clients and their carer, and referral to other organisations able to assist when we cannot.


Our People

CEO

Fiona Still, CEO

Leadership Team


Fiona Still - Chief Executive Officer 

Fiona, an Occupational Therapist, joined Solve Disability Solutions as the Chief Executive Officer in October 2000 bringing with her a background in adaptive and assistive technology. Prior to joining Solve Disability Solutions, most of her working life had been in the aids and equipment area for people with disabilities, having worked at the Independent Living Centre and then the Microcomputer Applications Centre (now known as ComTEC) for ten years. As Chief Executive Officer, she has overall responsibility for the management and administration of Solve Disability Solutions.



Sue Lyddieth - Administration

Sue joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2012 as the Administration Officer. Sue is probably the first person you’ll speak with when you phone Solve Disability Solutions. Her role covers much of the day to day office management and public relations. Among her many responsibilities, she deals with client enquiries, registers new projects and maintains Solve Disability Solutions records and accounts.



Rosemary Nolan - Publicity and Fundraising

Rosemary joined the Solve Disability Solutions administration team in 2005. Her role has grown since then to include publicity, fundraising and website management. Rosemary's role is to increase TADVIC’s profile in the wider community, to let people with disabilities know about our service, attract new volunteers and much needed funding.



Patsy Moloney - Publications / Policies and Procedures

Patsy joined the TADVIC administration team in 2005. Her key role is producing The TADVIC Magazine which is published twice each year. She is also involved in other areas of publicity, documentation of policies and procedures, Occupational Health and Safety and database design.




Jenny Stephen - Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator

Jenny joined TADVIC in 2010 in the role of Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator. Jenny has over 15 years experience in Human Resources in various organisations including Australia Post and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. As well as assisting with the coordination of human resources and OHS,  Jenny will be managing volunteer recruitment and recognition across Solve Disability Solutions services.




Solve Disability Solutions Project Coordinators


Project Co-ordinators are responsible for assessing individual client needs and matching these needs with volunteer members who have appropriate skills, expertise and experience. They act as liaison between volunteers and clients, monitoring progress of the project and ensuring outcomes are satisfactory. They are also responsible for ongoing education and development of volunteers.



Ingrid Maine - Metropolitan Project Coordinator

Ingrid is an Occupational Therapist and Kinesiologist and has just joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2008. She has spent the past 20 years working in Melbourne and the UK in the areas of Psychiatry, Kinesiology, Aged Care and Disabilities. Most recently she has worked for the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program at Caulfield.



Martine Porter – Metropolitan Project Coordinator 

Martine, an Occupational Therapist joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2007. She has specialised in rehabilitation post traumatic injury, particularly spinal cord injury, having had 10 years experience in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at the Austin Hospital (Victorian spinal cord service) and spinal injury units in Toronto and London.  She has also worked in the areas of acquired brain injury and orthopaedic injuries and has experience in acute, rehabilitation and community (home, work and school) settings.



Ewan Hanmer - Barwon Project Coordinator 

Ewan, an Occupational Therapist, joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2001. Prior to joining he had spent a large proportion of his time working in the area of aids and equipment for people with disabilities. Having started at the Independent Living Centre, he later spent time at the Microcomputer Application Centre, now known as ComTEC, and the Spastic Society. Ewan is responsible for coordination of all projects in the Barwon Branch.



Richard Ziegeler - South West Branch Coordinator 

Richard joined TADVIC’s South West Branch in 2004 having worked as an Occupational Therapist with many of the health providers in the Warrnambool region since 1976. During this time Richard had developed extensive knowledge in the areas of rehabilitation and aged care, early childhood development and prosthetics and orthotics. Richard is responsible for coordination of all projects in the South West Branch.



Rachel Schlipalius - Peninsula Coordinator

Rachel is an Occupational Therapist who joined Solve Disability Solutions Peninsula Branch in 2008 as Project Coordinator. She also works part-time in private practice on the Mornington Peninsula.



Anne Collins - Central Gippsland Coordinator

Anne Collins is an Occupational Therapist and joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2009 as Project Coordinator for the Central Gippsland branch. Anne combines her work with Solve Disability Solutions with part-time work with children with disabilities in school settings.


Names of Board Members


Catherine Miller
Board Chairman




Catherine Miller is a registered physiotherapist specialising in occupational rehabilitation, and has managed the rehabilitation services for several large organisations after completing her MBA (specialising in OH&S). Catherine has recently moved to Melbourne and has continued her career in occupational rehabilitation by joining CoWork.  She was welcomed to the Board in 2010.



Mark Dohrmann AM


Mark Dohrmann is an engineer and ergonomist who runs his own business specialising in safety, ergonomics and advice to lawyers on personal injury claims. As a founding member of Solve Disability Solutions, Mark has been involved in its development since 1975 and has served on the board since its incorporation in 1977. Mark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1994, "for service to people with disabilities, particularly through the organisation Technical Aid to the Disabled (Victoria)".



Ian Duff - Treasurer



Ian Duff is an accountant and was a partner with McLean Delmo. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, National Institute of Accountants, Taxation Institute and Institute of Internal Auditors. Formerly a partner with Sothertons Melbourne for 22 years before merging with McLean Delmo. Ian holds (has held) many positions including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the national affiliation. Ian has extensive experience in audit and business services. He brings a wealth of experience to the Solve Disability Solutions board and is the Board treasurer. He joined the TADVIC Board in June 2009.




Registration Information

ABN

16 294 381 734

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests


Making a bequest to Solve Disability Solutions Inc.



Making a will in an important thing to do - it gives you the opportunity to safeguard what is important to you and how you want your assets to be managed.



Including a gift to your favourite community group is one way to continue your support. You may find the following words helpful for inclusion in your will. However, it is important to see your legal advisor before you do so.



For your gift to TADVIC Inc. we recommend the following wording for your legal adviser's consideration:





"I GIVE, FREE OF ALL DUTIES AND TAXES



the whole of my estate, or



______% of my estate, or



the residue of my estate (or ___% of the residue of my estate), or



the sum of $ _______, or



my units/shares in ___________________ Trust/Ltd, or



my real property situated at [insert street address] having the title

reference _________________,



to TADVIC Inc. ABN 16 294 381 734



C/ Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre



1 Yarra Boulevard



Kew           VIC            3101



The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of TADVIC Inc. is an absolute discharge to my executor."


General Donations


What your donation means to us



Our ability to continue this vital work will be helped enormously by your donation.



· Every dollar donated to Solve Disability Solutions translates to $5 in value to the community because of the organisation’s use of a large, skilled voluntary workforce.



· A donation of $25 per month will support two Solve Disability Solutions projects per annum.



· This means helping two people with disabilities to live more independently in their home.



· Solve Disability Solutions will be able to expand their service further into regional areas of Victoria.



· Your generosity means the work of Solve Disability Solutions can continue for future generations.



Why not consider supporting several Solve Disability Solutions projects throughout the year by making regular payments via direct debit or credit card?



Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.



Our Funding



We receive funding from the Department of Human Services which only covers a portion of our work. For the remainder, we rely on private donors, community groups, businesses, trusts,  volunteers and others who value our services



Our Future



Over the past few years, increasing demand for Solve Disability Solutions ’s services in both metropolitan and regional areas has led to an increase in running costs.



Without financial assistance, we will be unable to maintain and expand our services to the countless people with disabilities in Victoria who need Solve Disability Solutions ’s help  to live more independently and have a better quality of life.


Work with us

Volunteer with us


Solve Disability Solutions is a not for profit organisation whose volunteer members design, construct or modify equipment for people with disabilities when there is no suitable commercial option available. Solve Disability Solutions also runs Freedom Wheels, a modified bike program for children with disabilities. There are opportunities to volunteer for Solve Disability Solutions in a number of different areas. Volunteers are reimbursed for their out of pocket expenses.



1. Technical Volunteers

TADVIC’s technical volunteers use their own workshop and tools to design, make or modify equipment for people with disabilities. After visiting the client at the place where the equipment is to be used, they work closely with a project coordinator (usually an occupational therapist) to ensure that the solution will be both practical and appropriate to the client's needs and medical condition.



2. Freedom Wheels Volunteers



Volunteers who wish to be involved in the Freedom Wheels modified bike program can assist in any or all of the following ways:



 



2.1  Bike Assessment Clinics.Children’s specific needs are assessed by therapists and volunteers at bike clinics held in Melbourne and selected regional centres in Victoria.



2.2  Bike Customisation.Once the needs of the client have been assessed, the bikes are customised by technical volunteers at TADVIC's Central Office using specially designed support equipment.



2.3  Bike Courier Service.TADVIC needs volunteers to assist with transport of completed bikes to clients and final fittings and adjustments where needed.



3. Other Roles for Volunteers



3.1  Administration Volunteers



TADVIC has opportunities for non-technical volunteers in various administrative roles. Skills with computers, typing, filing, accounting and customer service are all valuable to TADVIC.



3.2  Public Relations Volunteers

People with experience in public relations, media liaison and/or public speaking can assist with promoting its services to the wider community.



3.3  Fundraising Volunteers

People with fundraising and/or submission writing experience can assist TADVIC to source much needed funding and donations from government, businesses, grants, trusts, community groups and the general public.



Police Checks and Working with Children Checks



It is a requirement that all people wishing to become volunteers have a Police Record check. Technical and Freedom Wheels volunteers also need to complete a Working with Children check. These checks are confidential. TADVIC will pay for the Police Record check and the Working with Children check is free for volunteers. Checks must be renewed every 5 years.


Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective


Solve Disability Solutions mission is to design, make or modify equipment for people with a disability whose needs cannot be met commercially.


Our Beneficiaries


Solve Disability Solutions works through Victoria assisting people of all ages and disabilities and their carers who need custom made or modified equipment.


Projects in Progress


We are a volunteer-based organisation dedicated to people with disabilities. We achieve our mission through the:
- Design and construction of equipment otherwise commercially unavailable
- Modification of commercially available equipment to suit client's special needs, and
- Provision of specialised technical advice to clients and their carer, and referral to other organisations able to assist when we cannot.


Our People

CEO

Fiona Still, CEO

Leadership Team


Fiona Still - Chief Executive Officer 

Fiona, an Occupational Therapist, joined Solve Disability Solutions as the Chief Executive Officer in October 2000 bringing with her a background in adaptive and assistive technology. Prior to joining Solve Disability Solutions, most of her working life had been in the aids and equipment area for people with disabilities, having worked at the Independent Living Centre and then the Microcomputer Applications Centre (now known as ComTEC) for ten years. As Chief Executive Officer, she has overall responsibility for the management and administration of Solve Disability Solutions.



Sue Lyddieth - Administration

Sue joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2012 as the Administration Officer. Sue is probably the first person you’ll speak with when you phone Solve Disability Solutions. Her role covers much of the day to day office management and public relations. Among her many responsibilities, she deals with client enquiries, registers new projects and maintains Solve Disability Solutions records and accounts.



Rosemary Nolan - Publicity and Fundraising

Rosemary joined the Solve Disability Solutions administration team in 2005. Her role has grown since then to include publicity, fundraising and website management. Rosemary's role is to increase TADVIC’s profile in the wider community, to let people with disabilities know about our service, attract new volunteers and much needed funding.



Patsy Moloney - Publications / Policies and Procedures

Patsy joined the TADVIC administration team in 2005. Her key role is producing The TADVIC Magazine which is published twice each year. She is also involved in other areas of publicity, documentation of policies and procedures, Occupational Health and Safety and database design.




Jenny Stephen - Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator

Jenny joined TADVIC in 2010 in the role of Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator. Jenny has over 15 years experience in Human Resources in various organisations including Australia Post and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. As well as assisting with the coordination of human resources and OHS,  Jenny will be managing volunteer recruitment and recognition across Solve Disability Solutions services.




Solve Disability Solutions Project Coordinators


Project Co-ordinators are responsible for assessing individual client needs and matching these needs with volunteer members who have appropriate skills, expertise and experience. They act as liaison between volunteers and clients, monitoring progress of the project and ensuring outcomes are satisfactory. They are also responsible for ongoing education and development of volunteers.



Ingrid Maine - Metropolitan Project Coordinator

Ingrid is an Occupational Therapist and Kinesiologist and has just joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2008. She has spent the past 20 years working in Melbourne and the UK in the areas of Psychiatry, Kinesiology, Aged Care and Disabilities. Most recently she has worked for the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program at Caulfield.



Martine Porter – Metropolitan Project Coordinator 

Martine, an Occupational Therapist joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2007. She has specialised in rehabilitation post traumatic injury, particularly spinal cord injury, having had 10 years experience in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at the Austin Hospital (Victorian spinal cord service) and spinal injury units in Toronto and London.  She has also worked in the areas of acquired brain injury and orthopaedic injuries and has experience in acute, rehabilitation and community (home, work and school) settings.



Ewan Hanmer - Barwon Project Coordinator 

Ewan, an Occupational Therapist, joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2001. Prior to joining he had spent a large proportion of his time working in the area of aids and equipment for people with disabilities. Having started at the Independent Living Centre, he later spent time at the Microcomputer Application Centre, now known as ComTEC, and the Spastic Society. Ewan is responsible for coordination of all projects in the Barwon Branch.



Richard Ziegeler - South West Branch Coordinator 

Richard joined TADVIC’s South West Branch in 2004 having worked as an Occupational Therapist with many of the health providers in the Warrnambool region since 1976. During this time Richard had developed extensive knowledge in the areas of rehabilitation and aged care, early childhood development and prosthetics and orthotics. Richard is responsible for coordination of all projects in the South West Branch.



Rachel Schlipalius - Peninsula Coordinator

Rachel is an Occupational Therapist who joined Solve Disability Solutions Peninsula Branch in 2008 as Project Coordinator. She also works part-time in private practice on the Mornington Peninsula.



Anne Collins - Central Gippsland Coordinator

Anne Collins is an Occupational Therapist and joined Solve Disability Solutions in 2009 as Project Coordinator for the Central Gippsland branch. Anne combines her work with Solve Disability Solutions with part-time work with children with disabilities in school settings.


Names of Board Members


Catherine Miller
Board Chairman




Catherine Miller is a registered physiotherapist specialising in occupational rehabilitation, and has managed the rehabilitation services for several large organisations after completing her MBA (specialising in OH&S). Catherine has recently moved to Melbourne and has continued her career in occupational rehabilitation by joining CoWork.  She was welcomed to the Board in 2010.



Mark Dohrmann AM


Mark Dohrmann is an engineer and ergonomist who runs his own business specialising in safety, ergonomics and advice to lawyers on personal injury claims. As a founding member of Solve Disability Solutions, Mark has been involved in its development since 1975 and has served on the board since its incorporation in 1977. Mark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1994, "for service to people with disabilities, particularly through the organisation Technical Aid to the Disabled (Victoria)".



Ian Duff - Treasurer



Ian Duff is an accountant and was a partner with McLean Delmo. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, National Institute of Accountants, Taxation Institute and Institute of Internal Auditors. Formerly a partner with Sothertons Melbourne for 22 years before merging with McLean Delmo. Ian holds (has held) many positions including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the national affiliation. Ian has extensive experience in audit and business services. He brings a wealth of experience to the Solve Disability Solutions board and is the Board treasurer. He joined the TADVIC Board in June 2009.




Registration Information

ABN

16 294 381 734

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests


Making a bequest to Solve Disability Solutions Inc.



Making a will in an important thing to do - it gives you the opportunity to safeguard what is important to you and how you want your assets to be managed.



Including a gift to your favourite community group is one way to continue your support. You may find the following words helpful for inclusion in your will. However, it is important to see your legal advisor before you do so.



For your gift to TADVIC Inc. we recommend the following wording for your legal adviser's consideration:





"I GIVE, FREE OF ALL DUTIES AND TAXES



the whole of my estate, or



______% of my estate, or



the residue of my estate (or ___% of the residue of my estate), or



the sum of $ _______, or



my units/shares in ___________________ Trust/Ltd, or



my real property situated at [insert street address] having the title

reference _________________,



to TADVIC Inc. ABN 16 294 381 734



C/ Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre



1 Yarra Boulevard



Kew           VIC            3101



The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of TADVIC Inc. is an absolute discharge to my executor."


General Donations


What your donation means to us



Our ability to continue this vital work will be helped enormously by your donation.



· Every dollar donated to Solve Disability Solutions translates to $5 in value to the community because of the organisation’s use of a large, skilled voluntary workforce.



· A donation of $25 per month will support two Solve Disability Solutions projects per annum.



· This means helping two people with disabilities to live more independently in their home.



· Solve Disability Solutions will be able to expand their service further into regional areas of Victoria.



· Your generosity means the work of Solve Disability Solutions can continue for future generations.



Why not consider supporting several Solve Disability Solutions projects throughout the year by making regular payments via direct debit or credit card?



Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.



Our Funding



We receive funding from the Department of Human Services which only covers a portion of our work. For the remainder, we rely on private donors, community groups, businesses, trusts,  volunteers and others who value our services



Our Future



Over the past few years, increasing demand for Solve Disability Solutions ’s services in both metropolitan and regional areas has led to an increase in running costs.



Without financial assistance, we will be unable to maintain and expand our services to the countless people with disabilities in Victoria who need Solve Disability Solutions ’s help  to live more independently and have a better quality of life.


Work with us

Volunteer with us


Solve Disability Solutions is a not for profit organisation whose volunteer members design, construct or modify equipment for people with disabilities when there is no suitable commercial option available. Solve Disability Solutions also runs Freedom Wheels, a modified bike program for children with disabilities. There are opportunities to volunteer for Solve Disability Solutions in a number of different areas. Volunteers are reimbursed for their out of pocket expenses.



1. Technical Volunteers

TADVIC’s technical volunteers use their own workshop and tools to design, make or modify equipment for people with disabilities. After visiting the client at the place where the equipment is to be used, they work closely with a project coordinator (usually an occupational therapist) to ensure that the solution will be both practical and appropriate to the client's needs and medical condition.



2. Freedom Wheels Volunteers



Volunteers who wish to be involved in the Freedom Wheels modified bike program can assist in any or all of the following ways:



 



2.1  Bike Assessment Clinics.Children’s specific needs are assessed by therapists and volunteers at bike clinics held in Melbourne and selected regional centres in Victoria.



2.2  Bike Customisation.Once the needs of the client have been assessed, the bikes are customised by technical volunteers at TADVIC's Central Office using specially designed support equipment.



2.3  Bike Courier Service.TADVIC needs volunteers to assist with transport of completed bikes to clients and final fittings and adjustments where needed.



3. Other Roles for Volunteers



3.1  Administration Volunteers



TADVIC has opportunities for non-technical volunteers in various administrative roles. Skills with computers, typing, filing, accounting and customer service are all valuable to TADVIC.



3.2  Public Relations Volunteers

People with experience in public relations, media liaison and/or public speaking can assist with promoting its services to the wider community.



3.3  Fundraising Volunteers

People with fundraising and/or submission writing experience can assist TADVIC to source much needed funding and donations from government, businesses, grants, trusts, community groups and the general public.



Police Checks and Working with Children Checks



It is a requirement that all people wishing to become volunteers have a Police Record check. Technical and Freedom Wheels volunteers also need to complete a Working with Children check. These checks are confidential. TADVIC will pay for the Police Record check and the Working with Children check is free for volunteers. Checks must be renewed every 5 years.


Our Annual Reports

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