Support Coordination Academy was formed in 2015 by Phillip Laidlaw and Julie Patterson who both have a long history of working with disability service systems in different ways.
In the late 1990’s Julie’s three children were all diagnosed with ASD while the family was living in the Pilbara. Julie and her husband were early implementers of WA’s self-direction model, as they coordinated early intervention and other supports for their children. Insights from these experiences ground Julie’s work in the values of family and individual empowerment.
Around the same time Phil was starting his career as an Occupational Therapist working on the closure of one of the last large institutions in Queensland. He has worked extensively with individuals and families in therapy, supports facilitation and community linking roles, and has worked with the NDIA and service providers to design service models, tools and resources.
Julie and Phil met in 2008 and have been collaborating ever since across lots of projects with governments, service providers, individuals and families. They have lived and breathed NDIS since 2013 and understand the challenges and opportunities it brings. Their work is always centred on practical approaches that help individuals and organisations collaborate and work towards a better future.
SCA was created to help people with disability to get the best value and outcomes from their NDIS plans. The organisation’s first priority has been to grow and improve the supply of Support Coordination services by giving organisations and Support Coordinators the clarity and tools they need to thrive.
SCA’s tools and resources have been extensively trialled and refined and our training has been accessed by more than 1500 support coordinators across Australia.
In 2019 Mary Ingerton was appointed as the General Manager of Support Coordination Academy. Mary, Phil and Julie have known each other for more than ten years. Mary is a Social Worker with strong social justice and business building credentials and is extremely dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of both people living with disability and the workers who support and empower them.
Together they lead SCA’s team as we build relationships and support great, confident practice around the country.