Education Team Staff Profiles

We sat down with members of our Deaf Services Education team with different roles to find out more about them and the type of work they do.




Allie Johnstone, Administration Officer


Allie works in our Moorooka office, and is responsible for delivering Auslan community classes all over Queensland. As well as this, she organises Deaf Awareness Training sessions for businesses who want to better communicate with Deaf customers, clients and employees. 

As someone who is Deaf and fully involved in the Deaf community, and after 14 years delivering tertiary courses in Adelaide, Allie says the chance to work for Deaf Services was an "irresistible opportunity". 

While each day is different, and can involve liaising with customers, interpreters and employers, Allie is not hesitant when describing the favourite part of her job.

"I love hearing feedback from students explaining the impact our classes have had on them," she says.

Allie also believes Auslan education has the potential to reach more and more people, especially those isolated by location or mobility.

"With technological advances, I am hopeful we can provide more services in areas where people traditionally have difficulty obtaining them."

Find out more about Auslan classes here. If you or your business is interested in Deaf Awareness Training, email dat@deafservices.org.au




Christine Leden, Administration Support

Christine works in the Deaf Services Education team in Moorooka and the Gold Coast. Her primary role is the delivery of Auslan at Home, a flexible Auslan learning program for families across Australia.

Christine is an experienced Auslan interpreter who has studied and worked with the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in both NSW and QLD over the past 20 years, and came to Deaf Services from her work as an Educational Interpreter (EI).

Christine’s role has grown over the past two years with the state rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS has allowed a greater range of families to access the personalised and directly relevant teaching service Auslan at Home provides.

“I love hearing how the delivery of Auslan at Home has helped families open up avenues of communication for all involved,” Christine says.

“Requests now come from all over the state to deliver Auslan at Home all across the country, and technology such as The Auslan Hub project has enabled us to deliver lessons not only face-to-face but also via Video Conferencing software.”

Find out more about Auslan at Home here.


Sharon Wilkinson, Auslan Administrator

Sharon works as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) administrator within the Deaf Services Education Team.

If you’ve ever attended one of our courses, you will have spoken to the wonderful Sharon! Her day-to-day duties include processing enrolments, answering enquiries, and liaising with students, teachers and venues. At the completion of courses, Sharon processes the assessments and certificates and helps organise the all-important graduation.

Sharon grew up with close friends who were Deaf, and this experience “planted the seed” to learn Auslan.

She says communicating with students is the highlight of her job.

“I really enjoy hearing students explain how learning Auslan has made a difference to their lives and to their loved ones.

“I also love being able to help students make a difference in the lives of members of the Deaf community by learning to communicate with them.”

Find out more about accredited training with Deaf Services and Access Training & Education here.


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