Dianne Chartres has over 3O years' experience in disability, policy analysis, evaluation and project management. She is highly regarded for her innovation, collaboration and positive/respectful working relationships with the many individuals, families and service providers she has worked with, including international experts in individual funding and disability rights.
In 2010, Dianne was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel abroad and study the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and supported decision-making (SDM). This followed her role as initiator and co-principal researcher for Australia's first trial of SDM (conducted by South Australia's Office of the Public Advocate) and involvement in other research by that Office on mental health orders and safeguards for vulnerable adults. Her career and personal efforts were recognised by her induction into the South Australia's (SA) Women's Honour Roll (2009) for delivering inclusion for people with a mental impairment. Of note was her review of the criminal law provisions for people with a mental impairment which resulted in a mental impairment diversion program within the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Dianne currently undertakes planning, quality improvement, review and management assignments on a consultancy basis. Recent examples include:
Dianne is one of 5 State Experts involved in the evaluation of the NDIS launch sites, primarily responsible for stakeholder engagement, and specifically SA. The evaluation is being conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) Flinders University - SA and consortium partners.
She continues to be actively involved in local, national and international forums to advance the practice of supported decision making and rights protection for people with mental impairment. As a Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation (2003) and a former member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she has a strong interest in governance and leadership.