“Over time as my own family grew, I was given the opportunity to move into a management role”

Carmel Browne has a Bachelor of Education and started at Yooralla part-time, supporting families in a 0-3 playgroup. Developing her career over 20 years with Yooralla, Carmel is now heading up one of Yooralla’s therapy teams in Melbourne’s East.

Carmel Browne Manager, Specialist Children’s Supports at Yooralla
Carmel Browne Manager, Specialist Children’s Supports at Yooralla


Carmel, whose background is as an early childhood teacher, said she originally chose to work for Yooralla because her own personal values align beautifully with the values of Yooralla as an organisation.

Over her two decade long journey with Yooralla, Carmel says, “Over time as my own family grew, I was then given the opportunity to move into the management role, which I’ve now been doing for 15 years.

“Yooralla is a wonderful organisation to work for. I feel in my role as manager I am well supported by my own Director and the Executive.

“We continue to work closely with children, their carers and adults with disability to ensure that they are receiving the services that they are expecting and that will improve their outcomes across their lifespan,” Carmel said.

“I gain a lot of enjoyment and job satisfaction from being able to observe and hear the changes that Yooralla’s therapists have been able to implement into families lives, and the consideration that they give to walk alongside the family and take into consideration the needs and diversity of each family.”

“I’m very passionate, and I love to support families, but I also think to provide support to a highly experienced team of therapists who are passionate about their work, is also something that I get a great deal of job satisfaction out of,” Carmel said.

Carmel recently experienced an event that she counts as the highlight of her career. “One of the highlights of my career when I’ve been working with Yooralla is to support families and staff to make the transition into the NDIS,” said Carmel.

So with all of her Yooralla therapy experience, what does Carmel think Yooralla has to offer for allied health professionals looking for a new challenge?

“If you were to join our team, you would be part of an experienced, passionate team who would be able to support you in developing your skills to improve the outcomes for children and people with disability,” said Carmel.

“As an employee of Yooralla I have access to the opportunity to participate in online Learning that looks at professional development. It’s extremely important that we keep up to date and maintain our knowledge level for those areas that are very important to providing a service.”

“Yooralla’s therapy team make a huge contribution to families and people with disability. The team is highly professional and well regarded within the sector. We have a highly specialised, experienced team of passionate therapists. They have supported families both individually and as a group. They support each other, work closely together as colleagues, and will consider the family’s needs at all time,” Carmel said.

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