New CEO of Parkinson’s Victoria, Emma Collin (pictured), says her focus will be on delivering improved quality of life for the 27,000 Victorians living with Parkinson’s and their families.
The Board of Parkinson’s Victoria recently announced Emma Collin as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer. With a professional background in the not-for-profit and Local Government sectors and diverse senior management experience, Emma is well equipped to lead the organisation.
Emma comes to Parkinson’s as a passionate advocate for vulnerable members of our community, and is committed to ensuring people living with disabilities and their families are able to access a range of high quality service choices that are flexible and responsive to individual needs.
In her most recent role as Executive Manager, Carer Representation and Engagement with Carer’s Victoria, Emma was responsible for securing government, philanthropic and community support and investment for key issues and programs for caring families. Whilst at Melton Council, she was responsible for the planning and development of new and existing services and facilities for a community experiencing the fastest growth in Australia.
“It’s an honor to be joining such a strong, highly motivated team, who are committed to supporting, resourcing and empowering people living with Parkinson’s and their families,” says Emma Collin.
“My focus will be delivering improved quality of life for the 27,000 Victorians living with Parkinson’s and their families. I am keen to ensure our work at Parkinson Victoria’s increases government and broader community awareness of and support for the challenges and needs of people living with this condition.”
Parkinson’s Victoria President Peter Raymond says Emma has a clear understanding of the burden of diseases like Parkinson’s on not just the family but the community as a whole.
“Parkinson’s affects more people than just the person living with it,” said Peter Raymond. “Emma’s background working with stakeholders in the carers community gives her a unique insight into the challenges faced by family, healthcare professionals and co-workers when someone they care about – or for – has with Parkinson’s.”
Parkinson’s Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation which provides information to the community about Parkinson’s, coordinates a network of peer support groups, and promotes the positive aspects of living with Parkinson’s, not coping in silence. The organisation is also active in advocacy initiatives to improve funding and services, and also funds and supports Parkinson’s research.
For more information visit www.parkinsonsvic.org.au