Melissa Brander

Melissa  Brander
Position: Team Administrator

Dubbo born and bred, Mel was raised on the family farm and worked in the agriculture industry before switching to Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2004.

Since then, she has had the privilege of watching children grow into teenagers and become adults. She has also formed friendships with their parents and carers and come to know their siblings along the way.

Many of the clients Mel works with have cerebral palsy while others have autism, Down syndrome and other complex physical and neurological conditions. She also deals with clients and their families in the surrounding remote and rural areas such as Bourke, Cobar, Nyngan, Coonamble and Walgett.

As Team Administrator Mel wears many hats, including guiding people through the complexities of the NDIS. She also provides administrative support to her CPA colleagues and facilitates the Carers Group.

Once a month, Mel ensures family members and carers meet in a safe and understanding environment. There is a lot of laughter, occasional tears and the consumption of numerous Tim Tams as the carers share their experiences and provide support and advice to each other. Little wonder Mel says it’s one of the favourite parts of her job.