A warm welcome to CEO Kate MacRae

Today we welcome Kate MacRae as Chief Executive Officer of the Scope Group.

Kate is an accomplished CEO and Board member in the health and disability sectors. She is recognised for her leadership skills and her vision for social impact, making her the ideal person to lead Scope into the future.

On joining Scope, Kate says, “I am honoured and excited to have this opportunity to lead Scope.

“Scope is at the forefront of excellence in service delivery, focused on providing quality, evidence-based services and being leaders in innovative practice.

“People are at our heart, and I look forward to working collaboratively with the people we support, families and our staff to explore their aspirations for the future of Scope.

“I am excited to be leading an organisation focused on raising the voices of people with disability to live with choice and control. 

Kate joins Scope from Able Australia, where she has held the role of CEO since 2017. 

The Scope Group is one of Australia’s largest disability services providers, strengthening its foothold in New South Wales with the acquisition of Disability Services Australia (DSA) in late 2021.

 

On her first day, new Scope CEO Kate MacRae catches up with supported employee Khaled who shares with her that he has been with DSA 24 years and enjoys his job.

 

 

 

 

DSA employee of 11 years Elise was eager to show her workstation to Scope Board Chair Prof Sanchia Aranda AM during her recent visit with new Scope CEO Kate MacRae. Elise was working on a Colgate project, including toothbrushes and toothpaste.

 

Scope Group appoints new CEO

Kate MacRae

Kate MacRaeThe Scope Group today announced the appointment of Kate MacRae to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Scope Group.

Kate takes on the mantle from outgoing CEO, Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald AM, who completes her tenure on 4th February 2022.

Scope Chair Professor Sanchia Aranda AM says, “We’re delighted to announce Kate’s appointment after an extensive search. Her strong leadership skills and experience, and her vision for social impact make her the ideal person to lead Scope into the future.”

Kate is an accomplished CEO and Board member in the health and disability sectors. She is joining Scope from Able Australia, where she held the role of CEO since 2017.

Kate says “I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to lead Scope, and to build on the legacy of Dr Fitzgerald.

“Scope has continued to be at the forefront of excellence in service delivery in the Victorian disability sector. With its expansion into NSW, Scope is now able to increase its social impact and raise the voice of advocacy for people with disabilities.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with customers, families and staff to explore their aspirations for the future of Scope. I am committed to ensuring that Scope retains its focus on providing a quality, evidence-based service and its profile as a leader in innovative practice.”

Kate has led important social impact initiatives as CEO of Able Australia. Under her leadership, the organization established the internationally recognised Deafblind Centre of Excellence in 2019 to improve outcomes for people who are deafblind.

Prior to Able Australia, she held various executive and leadership roles with Monash Health, Vision Australia, LGA Associates, and clinical roles in mental health, neurology, and pediatrics.

Kate is a Non-Executive Director with Deafblind International and was a Clinical Representative on the AHPRA Board of Occupational Therapy. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is also founder and Chair of The CEO Collaboration, a membership body of 90+ NDIS providers.

Kate takes up her appointment on 26 April 2022. Scope’s Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Peter Hartnett, will be Interim CEO from 5 February until Kate commences.

The Scope Group is one of the largest disability services providers in Australia, recently strengthening its foothold in New South Wales with the acquisition of Disability Services Australia (DSA).

DSA participants in Taralga are jumping for joy!

Trampoline fun thanks to Vuly

Trampoline fun thanks to VulySometimes, all it takes to get a big smile from someone is giving them the opportunity to feel the freedom of the wind in their hair, the springs beneath their feet and the weightlessness of gliding through the air.

That gift of joy is exactly what Australia’s leading outdoor play equipment company, Vuly Play, gave to our DSA participants in Taralga, NSW, when it donated this amazing trampoline to our local independent living home.

At our homes, people with disability are provided with the assistance they need to live their lives to the fullest and experience true independence.

Krystal and Leanne, two of our participants at Taralga, have welcomed the addition of their new outdoor equipment, using it in exercise and play.

“Our two participants, Krystal and Leanne, are enjoying it so much, and their quality of life has improved, just by this one donation,” says site manager, Kristy Mellor.

“They have been able to use the trampoline to reduce stress and anxiety and have had lots of fun on many occasions since its arrival – it’s a great outlet. A huge thank you to Vuly for your generous gift!

DSA has many community and business partners that support us, Vuly Play proactively reached out to our organisation to look for an opportunity to help a family or individuals who might benefit from their equipment.

With over 80 homes, DSA contacted our network of site managers to invite expressions of interest, so we could determine where a brand-new trampoline might be of most value to our teams and participants.

Now, when the days in beautiful Taralga are sunny, but the air is crisp or chilly, you’ll find our participants outside, working up a sweat and a belly full of giggles as they jump for joy right in their own backyard.

Disability Services Australia would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Vuly Play. To most, this is a trampoline, to us, this is smiles, laughs and pure joy!

Learn more about Vuly Play – https://www.vulyplay.com/en-AU

ANZAC Day Commemorations

For more than 100 years, ANZAC Day has marked the time for Australia and New Zealand to pay tribute to soldiers who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

It’s an important part of our nation and DSA’s history. Norm Anderton MBE OAM, was our founding chair for more than 20 years but before that, he served in the 8th Division Signals, having joined the army in 1940 when he was just 19.

While serving in Malaya in 1941, Japanese forces invaded and Norm was injured from a shrapnel wound to the neck. He was taken to the British Army Hospital in Singapore for treatment but during his recovery became a prisoner of war in Changi after the Japanese came to power.

As a prisoner of war, Norm worked on the Burma-Thailand railway until 1944, and finally returned home to Australia in November, 1945. He was discharged from the army by the end of the year.

When remembering his time in service, Norm called out the mateship between his fellow service men and women as one of his strongest lasting reminders. 

“We had a saying that no man died alone. No matter what the circumstances, there was always someone to hold a mate’s hand, or sit with him during his last moments.”*

This kind of mateship, commitment and loyalty to others is something Norm continued to uphold long after he returned home from service.

Once home, Norm returned to work at Surf Living Saving and married his wife Aileen in 1946. They had three children, the first being Lorraine who was born in 1947 and diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability.

Ten years later in 1957, Norm and his family were one of DSA’s original founding families, and Lorraine was one of DSA’s first participant employees at our original Camperdown workshop.

Norm was a strong campaigner for people with disability for the remainder of his life. He was instrumental in DSA growing its services beyond the initial workshop with his leadership, advocacy and lobbying.

Sadly, Norm passed away in October last year, but his legacy remains. This ANZAC Day we remember Norm and his commitment to Australia and DSA, and the fighting spirit he displayed in everything he did, including campaigning for more opportunities for all people with disability.

*Quote courtesy of Norman Anderton’s story – Anzac Portal

Photograph provided by Norm Anderton.