My Foundations began in January 2020, providing professional development and professional supervision services for support workers. Our service was born from our deep desire to see support workers thrive, and for industry to embrace and endorse a culture of continuing professional development for support worker.

In late 2020, we made the decision to build our own small team of passionate and dedicated support workers. We are as focused as ever about providing support for all support workers; we have simply decided to reflect our mission and vision through providing high quality person-centred direct support services too.

We value support workers for the essential and often complex support they provide. We celebrate the uniqueness and individuality that each support worker brings to the industry, so we maintain a rich and diverse workforce.  But most of all, we want to know that when our loved ones are with their support workers they are in competent, capable, confident and caring hands.

About the Founder – Jodie Schleusener

Hi, I’m Jodie. I am the very proud and passionate founder of My Foundations. I have worked across the disability, aged care, and mental health sectors for 20 years. During this time I have held roles in direct support, management, operations, change leadership, and community engagement and development.

Complementing my Certificate 4 in Disability, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and my current studies in a Master of Social Work, I am privileged to have received extensive training and mentoring from local and international leaders in person-centred practice, social inclusion, and asset based community development. I feel aligned with the values of these strengths-based approaches. They underpin all aspects of my work. I am also a qualified Professional Supervisor, and Dare to Lead trained.

Over the past decade, I have developed a passion for frontline workforce engagement and professional development. I am a strong advocate for the sector embracing a continuing professional development model of support for support workers. I believe this framework would respond well to the changing needs of our workforce, which are driven by individualised and social models of support.

The My Foundations culture is one where we value ourselves and each other as professionals; each with a diverse range of gifts, talents and attributes to share. As such, we are all committed to investing in ourselves through engaging in continuing professional development and regular professional supervision.

I am an Affiliate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Student Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, as well as a member of the Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia.