About Us

ThumbsUp Support Coordination and Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd.

Our History

ThumbsUp Support Coordination  is part of Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd. We are a not-for-profit organisation that grew from the iconic and long-standing Children’s Therapy Centre following the introduction of the NDIS. Your Best Life now offers LevelUp Independent Living, Mindcare Mental Health Services, Children’s and Teens’ Therapy Services, and Your Choice Plan Management. These businesses work together to provide an integrated and seemless services to our clients.

The organisation has centres in Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, and Gympie and is planning further expansion. Our telehealth services are sought by clients across the region and across Australia. All these services aim to help NDIS participants and other clients with disabilities and health conditions, including mental health conditions, to access the services and supports they require to live as independently as possible in the community. 

The company is committed to growing and diversifying to meet the real, expressed needs of NDIS participants and other clients needing therapy through a not-for-profit company that puts people before profits. Your Best Life is leading the development of diverse and inclusive disability support services in the region. We are client-led, open to great ideas, innovative, and collaborative. 

Your Best Life is NDIS-registered and has achieved full quality certification under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission requirements for all its businesses. As a not-for-profit organisation, we invest surplus funds, if any, into our mission of providing quality services that help people live their best lives no matter what health, disabilities, and other circumstances they face. 

Our Mission

To help children, teens and adults to live their best lives through community health, disability and human services.

Debbie Blumel – BA, BSocWK, MSW, MBA, GAICD

Chief Executive Officer – Your Best Life Disability and Health Services. 

Debbie has extensive experience in strategic leadership positions in disability, health and housing organisations during times of great challenges and transformational change. Debbie is passionate about improving disability and health outcomes and strengthening communities through organisational leadership and regional development. Her experience in integrating and streamlining human services spans Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as national initiatives.

Debbie serves as a director on the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services Board and is a member of the Sunshine Coast AICD Regional Committee. Debbie previously served as CEO of the Northern Territory Medicare Local with accountability for improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways in both urban and remote communities. From 2008-2012, Debbie was an elected councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council where she was able to continue her commitment to strengthening regional communities. Debbie held the Major Projects Portfolio, was a member of the statutory Organisational Performance and Service Delivery Committee, and represented council on the Council of Mayors’ Infrastructure Committee. Debbie was appointed by the State and Federal Ministers for Regional Development as inaugural chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and was elected by Queensland coastal councils to represent them on the National Sea Change Taskforce.

Tracey Sparks – BHS

Manager – ThumbsUp Support Coordination

Tracey brings extensive experience working with not-for-profits sectors. Tracey has worked for the Queensland Health Promotion Officer for the Continence Foundation of Australia for 6 years and a Project Officer with The Stroke Foundation for 2 years.

 

Tracey has over 3 years’ experience within the disability sector and worked as a LAC in Brisbane. We are proud to be working with ThumbsUpSC manager Tracey Sparks. Tracey is passionate about empowering people with a disability to live their lives the way they choose. Tracey’s strives to help others reach their sense of purpose and achievement by developing roles in their lives they didn’t think were possible and being a positive and reliable mentor.

Tracey is the Co-Secretary for SCDA Mavericks Dragon Boat Club and enjoy paddling at competitive regattas throughout Australia and the World. I am also Breast Cancer survivor and we have a team that competes at regattas. She most recently won the 200m BCS race at the Burleigh Fire Dragons Regatta on the Gold Coast and will be competing in the International Breast Cancer Participatory Festival (IBCPC) in New Zealand in 2023.

Tracey - Manager

Senior Support Coordinator 

Ruth - Team Member

Senior support coordinator

Continuity of Care

Emergency and Disaster

Your health and safety and that of our staff are of the utmost importance to us, especially during extreme weather events, virus outbreaks, and other hazardous circumstances.

 

As a registered and accredited NDIS service provider, we have a duty to provide continuity of care to our clients.  This means will may take extra precautions when meeting with you and can offer telehealth services by video or phone where appropriate.

 

If your Support Coordinator is unable to provide your usual service for any reason, we guarantee to assign a colleague ThumbsUp Support Coordination to ensure minimal disruption to you.

Conflict of Interest

ThumbsUp Support Coordination recognises the potential for a conflict of interest when customers ask us for information about service providers.  That’s why we provide you with plenty of information to make an informed choice.  So you will never feel pressured to choose other services provided by Your Best Life Disability and Health Services.