Michelle is one of the founding members of Citizen Advocacy Ryde Hunter’s Hill (before the organisation became Side By Side Advocacy) and has been actively involved in the organisation for over thirty years. Michelle is committed to people with disability being included as valued members of the community as demonstrated by her roles as a foundation board member of Family Advocacy, her former role as a Board member NSW CID and her role as a Citizen Advocate. She has an academic, professional and personal commitment to educating people about disability. Michelle is Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. She has also been Chief Investigator for multiple successful research grants.