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Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is a not-for-profit association incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act 1981. LDA is managed by the LDA Council consisting of five (5) honorary officers and up to nine (9) members, who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. The Honorary Officers, who must be voting members of the Association, are the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the Secretary.

Management and control of the business and affairs of LDA is vested in the Council which may do all such things required to be done by the association, and as are prescribed in the Constitution. The LDA Council may make, vary and repeal standing orders or rules on the conduct and management of the Association and of any of the committees.

The Council is responsible for the overall governance, secretariat and administrative functions with support as required from LDA staff and volunteers.

Honorary Officers

Elaine McLeish (VIC)


Dr Robyn Wheldall (NSW)

Vice President

Geoff Ongley* (NSW)

Vice President

Stephanie Murphy* (VIC)


Iain Rothwell* (NSW)


Council members

Julie Scali* (WA)

Bulletin Editor

Dr Alison Madelaine (NSW)

AJLD Editor

Felicity Brown (VIC)

Council Member

Eleanor McMillan (ACT)

Awards Committee Convenor

Jacinta Conway (VIC)

PD Committee Convenor

Anne Bellert* (NSW)

Consultant Committee Co-Convenor

Erin Rollason* (VIC)

Ordinary Council Member

Damon Thomas* (NSW)

Ordinary Council Member

Laura Glisson* (WA)

Ordinary Council Member

*New members of council 2022-23


Dr Sherree Halliwell

General Manager

Hema Desai

Education Manager

Bec Rangas

Business Administrator