About Mindcare Mental Health Services
Mindcare Mental Health Services is part of Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd. We are a not-for-proﬁt organisation that grew from the iconic and long-standing Children’s Therapy Centre following the introduction of the NDIS.
Your Best Life now offers Mindcare Mental Health Services, Children’s and Teens’ Therapy Services, LevelUp Independent Living and Your Choice Plan Management. These businesses work together to provide an integrated and seemless services to our clients.
The organisation has centres in Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, and Gympie and is planning further expansion. Our telehealth services are sought by clients across the region and across Australia. All these services aim to help NDIS participants and other clients with disabilities and health conditions, to live their best life.
The company is committed to growing and diversifying to meet the real, expressed needs of NDIS participants and other clients needing therapy through a not-for-proﬁt company that puts people before proﬁts. Your Best Life is leading the development of diverse and inclusive disability support services in the region. We are client-led, open to great ideas, innovative, and collaborative.
Your Best Life is NDIS-registered and has achieved full quality certiﬁcation under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission requirements for all its businesses. As a not-for-proﬁt organisation, we invest surplus funds, if any, into our mission of providing quality services that help people live their best lives no matter what health, disabilities, and other circumstances they face.
Debbie Blumel - CEO
BA, BSocWk, MSW, MBA, GAIC
Debbie has extensive experience in strategic leadership positions in disability, health and housing organisations during times of great challenges and transformational change. Debbie is passionate about improving disability and health outcomes and strengthening communities through organisational leadership and regional development. Her experience in integrating and streamlining human services spans Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as national initiatives.
Debbie serves as a director on the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services Board and its Finance and Performance Committee as well serving as a member of the Sunshine Coast AICD Regional Committee. Debbie previously served as CEO of the Northern Territory Medicare Local with accountability for improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways in both urban and remote communities. From 2008-2012, Debbie was an elected councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council where she was able to continue her commitment to strengthening regional communities. Debbie held the Major Projects Portfolio, was a member of the statutory Organisational Performance and Service Delivery Committee, and represented council on the Council of Mayors’ Infrastructure Committee. Debbie was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers for Regional Development as inaugural chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and was elected by Queensland coastal councils to represent them on the National Sea Change Taskforce.
In 2012, Debbie was appointed CEO Northern Territory Medicare Local with a focus on improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways, particularly for remote Indigenous peoples. Following an Executive Director appointment in the NT Department of Housing with a role of building organisational and community organisation capabilities to improve service delivery, Debbie returned to the Sunshine Coast.
In January 2016, Debbie started in the position of SCCTC CEO to transform the longstanding and iconic company for success under the emerging NDIS environment. SCCTC is a NFP organisation which now includes four businesses:
• Mindcare Mental Health Services
• Children’s and Teens’ Therapy Services
• Your Choice Plan Management
• LevelUp Independent Living
Debbie is the mother of three adult daughters and a proud grandmother of three delightful little grandchildren. She has strong family connections with people with disabilities including her nephew and godson, the amazing Scott Stanton now aged 28 years.
Emma Burke - Manager
BPsych, BSocSc, Dip Management, Disability and CSM
As an established Executive and Strategic leader, Emma brings over a decade of experience in various ‘for profit’ and ‘for purpose’ organisations.
Emma has built her professional practice in community services, always seeking to build individual capacity, capability and connection to business. She is deeply passionate about her local community and helping others achieve their full potential while ‘being kind to their mind’.
Emma has practiced values-based leadership in transformational settings, most recently in implementing NDIS across NFP’s in disability.
Continuous learning and being purposeful are important factors for Emma, she believes we never stop learning and need to take the time to be mindful about one’s actions and intent. This has taken Emma down a path of formal and informal learning, including various qualifications in Psychology, Management, disability, mental health, and leadership.
She is committed to building strong, accessible and inclusive communities for people to function at their very best.
With a passion for her family, community and living ‘Your Best Life’, you will often find Emma, chasing her 2-year-old son along the beautiful Coastline.
Mindcare Mental Health Services Support Team
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Operating Officer