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Disability Information on the
Sunshine Coast
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Amity Care grew out of a desire by members of the Nambour Uniting Church to utilise expertise within the congregation in offering a quality counselling and resource production service in the Nambour area. The hope was that such a service would complement existing community groups by working alongside them with services which did not duplicate those already adequately available. The name Amity was chosen as “amity” means serenity or peace.

As a not-for-profit group Amity Care has been incorporated and is managed by a local group of voluntary committee members. The incorporated association has commenced without any external funding and with limited financial resources. However it was agreed from the start that fees for services would be kept at the lowest level possible while still meeting the essential costs including full insurance protection.

Amity Care Incorporated is led by Rev Dr Noel Park OAM KSJ B.A., B.Ed.St., M.A., M.Ed., PhD who, prior to his retirement, spent 20 years as the Director of Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland after having been the Deputy Regional Superintendent for the Gippsland Region of the (then) Victorian State Welfare Department. Noel has been a member of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, the Queensland Disaster Recovery Committee, Lifeline Australia and many other groups. He has lectured in psychology, been a chaplain to industry and tertiary students and written in the area of Disaster Recovery.

Our counselling team leader is Alan Reading B.A., Dip AD JP(Qual) who has over 20 years of counselling experience with both government and non-government agencies. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families, using a solution focused, confidential and client respectful approach.

Lyn Park TPTC, B.Ed.,M.Ed.,Grad Cert Management, Cert Financial Counselling has recently retired as a financial counsellor with Lifeline Community Care, Sunshine Coast. Lyn is a trained teacher, spent 17 years on the staff of the University of Southern Queensland and has been involved in a variety of church and voluntary community activities.

At this stage Amity Care is able to offer general counselling, financial counselling, community education, staff training and support groups by negotiation.
Another important aspect of Amity Care is the very professional production team who have been producing quality DVDs and CDs for some time. There are currently DVDs made of all services at Nambour Uniting Church while DVDs of specific events and resources for worship are selling well. Recently the team has been contracted for specific work such as TV and internet commercials. This team is able to negotiate the production of specific DVDs for training needs, agency promotions, advertisements etc.

Amity Care is yet to establish a physical base other than facilities at the Nambour Uniting Church but contacts can be made easily for any of the services discussed above.