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Maria has an extensive track record of work across health and human services as a practitioner, manager, trainer and researcher. Throughout her career she has endeavoured to privilege the voices of those affected by marginalisation, dislocation and disadvantage, through providing advocacy and support.
Maria has specialist expertise and qualifications in Trauma Informed Care. She also has strong experience within the Family Violence sector. Maria’s prior experience includes roles in multidisciplinary teams within the Child Protection and Child Welfare sectors, and the Alcohol and Other Drug sector, in residential settings and in community outreach. She has worked collaboratively with Allied and Mental Health services, as well as in nursing roles in community settings.
Maria has led action research projects, and developed and maintained reporting and evaluation frameworks. With a background in Quality Auditing and Accreditation, Maria has developed policy and procedures, monitored and analysed policy and implemented legislative change. She has developed and maintained partnerships with funders, key stakeholders, and other organisations, and provided specialist tender writing. Maria has published a range of articles and papers on the design of innovative programs and service delivery models.