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Lauren Flaherty

Programme Director

Lauren is an Aotearoa / New Zealand trained Occupational Therapist with a background in wheelchairs, seating and physical rehabilitation. After roles in Aotearoa / New Zealand and Ireland, Lauren moved to South Australia in 2009. After joining the Motivation Australia team the following year as a part time consultant, Lauren has gone on to build her skills international development through Senior Clinical Coordinator and Service Development Manager roles, before becoming our Programme Director in 2019. In that time she has also contributed to the development of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Packages (WSTP) and is a co-author of the WHO WSTP Training of Trainers Package (tot).

Lauren achieved accreditation as partnership broker, in May 2019.

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Role: Lauren works with the CEO, Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, and other senior personnel to develop, design and project manage our programmes in the Pacific. She is responsible for building the capacity and resources of the team to deliver quality, appropriate support to our partner organisations who provide assistive technology (AT) in the Asia Pacific Region.

Lauren is the organisation’s Child Safe Focal Point, and volunteer manager.

What do you enjoy about working with Motivation Australia? A key aspect of my role is in the development and mentoring of staff who are responsible for mobility device services in challenging situations; it is always really satisfying to see the change and development in staff, and know that this will positively impact on the lives of hundreds of people with a mobility disability in their communities.

I also really appreciate the commitment of the MA team to continue to provide high quality, innovative, sustainable and effective solutions alongside our partners.

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