Sylvana Mahmic is the CEO of Plumtree Children’s Services and has worked for over 28 years in the early childhood intervention field, with particular expertise in whole-of-family and peer-led approaches. She is the co-creator of the peer-led program Now & Next and has incubated two peer-led organisations.
Sylvana has served on over 25 advisory groups including six Ministerial appointments and has been a member of the NSW Disability Council. She has held executive positions on the Board of Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT and was a founding board member of Diversity Disability Alliance.
She is a member of the Access Advisory Group NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the NSW Family and Community Services Multicultural Advisory Group, and the Australian Museum Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel. She has been a member of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council since 2013.
Currently, she is undertaking postgraduate research with a focus on individualised funding, which has been her interest since 2009, when her son commenced with self-managed funding.
Qualification: BEd MEd
Additional Language: Bosnian
- International Women’s Day 2019 – Honour Roll Nominee | Inner West Council
- Centre for Disability Studies Excellence in Education and Training Award 2019 | Centre for Disability Studies
- Citizen of the Year – Australia Day 2017 | Inner West Council
- Woman of the Year Award 2008 | New South Wales Government
Resources contributions include:
- Publication: Early Childhood Intervention and Therapeutic Supports for Children and Young People under Age 16 | ECI Best Practice Network
- Publication: Identifying and Shifting Disempowering Paradigms for Families of Children With Disability Through a System Informed Positive Psychology Approach
- Publication: How do parents acquire information to support their child with a disability and navigate individualised funding schemes?
- Publication: Annick Janson and Sylvana Mahmic: Ways to Wellbeing for Parents of Children With a Disability: Social Sciences & Humanities Book Chapter | IGI Global
- Publication: Getting the best from DisabilityCare Australia: Families, Information and Decision Making
- Blog Post: Family-Centred Practice: Are we there yet?
- Blog Post: Now & Next Capacity Building through Family Leadership, Peer Work and Education
- Blog Post: Disability and Friendships: What I Wish I Knew
- Blog Post: Family Agency is the foundation of Your child’s future
- Podcast: iriss.fm- Families as Peer Workers in Early Childhood Intervention
- Podcast: dsc Disability Done Different: Candid Conversation- ECEI and the Role of Family