Community & Business

13 June, 2024

New chair on board for Disability Matters

SEASONED healthcare professional Donna Goodman has stepped up as chairperson of Disability Matters after farewelling previous chair Kirsty Veron.

New chair on board for Disability Matters - feature photo

Since 2018, Ms Vernon has played an important role at the largest National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider on the Atherton Tablelands, meeting the company's goals to help support people with disabilities.  

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Disability Matters over the past almost six years”, said Ms Veron. 

“During that time, the organisation has transformed from a local community organisation into a strong, professional, not-for-profit business that is dedicated to putting the welfare of its participants at the heart of all its decisions.

Ms Goodman is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in psychology, healthcare, and executive leadership and is excited to step into the new role. 

Her career included 10 years on the executive management team of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service until her retirement in 2022. 

Throughout her tenure, Donna was key in managing clinical services and spearheading initiatives to enhance clinical governance and quality assurance.

"We extend our deepest gratitude to Kirsty Veron for her outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions," CEO Greg Thiedecke said. 

"Her dedication and vision have been instrumental in shaping the organisation's journey, and we are profoundly grateful for her service."

Disability Matters is seeking passionate locals to join the board, particularly as board secretary and treasurer. To get involved and for more information, email 


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