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Inclusive Sport SA Welcomes a New Staff Member

Inclusive Sport SA is pleased to introduce a new staff member who has joined the team, Tamsin Petzer.

Tamsin joins our Behaviour Support SA team to deliver Positive Behaviour Support services alongside practitioners Jessica Howe and Esther Bechara. The team will work under the guidance of General Manager – Services, Bianca Dubois who returns on a part time basis from maternity leave.

Tamsin Petzer

Tamsin has a background in the special education and disability field within early intervention for children with Autism and Global Developmental Delay. She has worked with adults in Singapore with behaviours of concern (BOC) and in advocating for independence within their community and also has experience with Functional Behaviour Assessment, Positive Behaviour Support as well as the implementation of strategies to replace BOC with more positive and communicatively effective behaviours.

As a teacher, Tamsin worked at both Forbes Primary School and Seaford Primary School working in both special education and mainstream classrooms supporting children with disabilities in their learning curriculum. Prior to working at Inclusive Sport SA she also worked at Autism SA in a trans-disciplinary team with Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Social Workers, and Developmental Educators as part of an early intervention program for children with Autism and Global Developmental Delay; showing behaviours of concern and developing their readiness for school transitions.

She is passionate about working with individuals and family-centred frameworks to ensure the person is at the centre of all decisions as well as involving all key stakeholders such as family members, carers/support staff and allied health professionals in the development and implementation of plans and actions.

Tamsin’s focus is for the person at the centre of each plan to feel in control and have access to inclusive opportunities, support and therapy services that they feel best suit their needs. She believes that providing information and strategies about improving mental health and wellbeing is crucially important in exercising and empowering choice and control for people with disabilities.

Capacity building is an area of interest for Tamsin and she has experience in developing families’ skills and knowledge around implementing Positive Behaviour Support strategies within the home and community.

A talented athlete, she is also a past South Australian Sport Institute (SASI) participant in both the state netball and rowing programs. Tamsin remains an avid netballer, temporarily sidelined due to an injury, playing for Newton Jaguars Netball Club for a number of years. She is currently enjoying getting back into sport by playing social netball.

When Tamsin is not working, she enjoys spending time with her indoor cats, Mitzi and Milo, and being the silly Aunty to her niece, Amelia. She also loves coffee and enjoys spending time at the beach.

‘We are excited to have Tamsin as part of the team in a full time role which allows us once again to expand the capacity of our Behaviour Support SA team to deliver services to South Australian participants and their families,” said General Manager – Services, Bianca Dubois.

“Tamsin brings not only her knowledge around disability and Positive Behaviour Support, but also that from teaching and the education system offering another level of insight and understanding to our therapy team.”

If you would like to learn more about Behaviour Support SA and the services they offer, please see here.

To get in touch with the BSSA team about accessing services please call 08 8122 6733 or email therapy@inclusivesportsa.com.au