About SBH Queensland


SBH Queensland provides information, therapy and other services to adults and children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their families in Queensland, Australia.

The Education and Therapy Service provides occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology, social work and education advice to children and families with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and provides advice and support to teachers and other professionals. SBH Queensland receives financial support from Education Queensland to help run this program.

The GOALS program teaches adults with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus some of the skills needed to live well.  The Queensland Department of Communities – Disability Services provides a subsidy to help run this program. 


SBH Queensland

  • Provides information about and services specific to spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus
  • Empowers people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to achieve their full potential
  • Promotes the value of people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus
  • Strives for excellence in the development and provision of programs to people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus

Values Statement

SBH Queensland (the association) believes in people’s worth and ability and supports the empowerment of individuals in maintaining a proactive, visionary future for themselves with dignity and mutual respect.

This, we believe, can be achieved with flexibility, reliability, and empathy on the part of the association and its clients in a culture where people support and learn from each other.

With our non-discriminatory service, we believe in a lifetime partnership with our clients because their needs and desire for a fulfilling life do not end. All of our clients have needs to be met and life goals to be achieved and we are privileged to assist them in attaining these for a full and happy life.

Board of Directors

SBH Queensland’s board of directors is elected by the members of SBH Queensland at its annual general meeting held in November each year.

The current board has six directors who have life experience of spina bifida and/or skills required for proper governance of the association.

SBH Queensland staff

SBH Queensland employs 14 professional staff to provide services to children and adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and 2 support staff.

Education and Therapy Service for children and families
Social Workers Corinne Nielsen for families in Brisbane North and country (currently on leave) 

Joan Abbott for families in Brisbane South to NSW border


 Occupational Therapists


 Therese Dwyer

 Physiotherapists  Elizabeth Steele 

Trish Sim

Education Advisers (Teachers) Berthe Berkovits for children in Grades 4 -12

Karen Skou for children from birth – Grade 3

Susanne Edmond North Queensland

Speech Pathologist Amber Wakeham
Adults Services Skills Information and Support Team (ASSIST)

Jodie Kennedy (Social worker)

Sonya Dennis (Social worker)

Faye Hatchell (Occupational Therapist) currently on leave

Information Service

Bill Shead

Admin team

Administration Officer: Lesley Hughes

Fundraiser: Kylie Harrison

Manager: Bill Shead