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.
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.