Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability - Independent adviser to the WA Minister for Disability Services - Keeping government informed

Carol Franklin

Ms Carol Franklin

1st Term: 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2019

A nurse by profession, Carol redirected her career to advocacy for people with disabilities following the birth of her second child who was born with special needs. Her child’s journey from childhood to adulthood including supported accommodation and independent living, has provided Carol with a lifetime of experience and knowledge of the disability sector and the associated challenges and barriers.

She learned more while working for various not-for-profit disability organisations where she helped families navigate the disability sector for many years while also serving as a member of various Boards and Committees. These included the Federal Government’s Advisory Board for Carers which was formed by Senator Kaye Patterson.

Now retired, Carol maintains an active role toward the betterment of lives for people with disabilities via membership of an elimination of restrictive practise panel. She is the immediate past Chair of Genetic and Rare Diseases Network having completed a term of three years.

Carol’s empathy for the difficulties that families face led her to form support group for families who were unable to secure funding for their family member to move into accommodation. Through this group, she developed an understanding of the political system and the importance of providing sound advice to government as decisions made at a high-level effect the lives of people with disabilities and their loved ones.