Supporting the Mackay community since 1973.

MADEC, Proudly local, since 1973.

MADEC is a proudly local, not for profit community organisation, that has been operating in the Greater Mackay community since 1973. 

As of 2014, MADEC was recognised as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). A PBI is a charity whose main purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness, suffering or disability. It is the highest level of charitable goodness.

Our Vision is to create an inclusive community that empowers, supports and respects all individuals.

Our Mission is to empower and support people to do their best!

Our Values are:

Person-Centred - The needs and rights of people is at the centre of everything we do.

Trust - We build trust through honesty, respect and by following through on our commitments.

Empowerment - We are here to empower people to develop life skills, have a voice and be heard.

Community - We believe that the best results occur when we work together to support all individuals.

Excellence - We strive for continuous improvement and are committed to going above and beyond in our services.

MADEC consists of two core service areas – Disability Supports and Youth Supports.

These services support young people and persons with a disability to access necessary services, build capacity with daily living skills, receive support to live independently, access accommodation services and engage with and contribute to the local community.

Our key services include:

  • YESS – Youth Empowerment & Support Service
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL)
  • Accommodation Services- Respite, Short-Term & Medium-Term Accommodation
  • Support Coordination
  • Plan Management

Meet the senior leadership team.

Jasmine Lowry

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Jaz! Jaz has been part of the MADEC team since 2016.

As the CEO, Jaz manages the day to day operations of the organisation, plans for future growth and focuses on achieving the organisations strategic objectives.

With 10 years experience in finance and business management, as well as lived experience with disability, Jaz is well placed to lead the organisation towards future success.

Tania Atkins

Youth Services Manager

Meet Tania! Tania has been part of the MADEC team since 2012.

As the Youth Services Manager, Tania leads the highly motivated and passionate Youth Support Team to deliver the YESS program in Mackay, Sarina, Bowen and the Whitsundays.

Tania has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and is passionate about developing and delivering support programs to assist vulnerable members of our community.

Roz Kelly

Disability Manager

Meet Roz! Roz joined the MADEC team in 2020.

As the Disability Manager, Roz oversees the direct operations of MADEC's Disability Services. Roz is responsible for ensuring that our quality supports continue to improve, grow and strengthen.

Roz has 18yrs experience in the human services industry and is passionate about community and disability services due to lived, professional and academic experiences. She is committed to promoting person-centred practices and working within a goal orientated framework. Roz strives to break down stigma’s for societies most vulnerable, to enable them to live an enriched and inclusive lifestyle.

Danielle Hinschen

Support Coordination Manager

Meet Dani! Dani has been part of the MADEC team since 2018.

As the Support Coordination Manager, Danielle oversees MADEC's Support Coordination Services. Danielle is connected with local organisations, networks and community groups to provide a holistic, person-centred response to NDIS participants support needs.

Dani is passionate about community and disability services due to lived, professional and academic experiences. She is proud to make a difference in peoples lives and loves to see them thrive and achieve their goals with a strong support network.

Margie Alexander

Human Resource Manager

Meet Margie! Margie has been part of the MADEC team since 2019.

As the HR Manager, Margie manages the organisations human resources. WHS, compliance, recruitment and training. Her focus is on supporting the MADEC team and encouraging a positive and supportive culture.

Margie is passionate about encouraging people to achieve their best. Achievement can be small and personal to extensive and outstanding.  Achieving a goal is satisfying not only to the person but also to the people around them.

During her time at MADEC, Margie has witnessed our participants and staff grow and maximise their potential.

Karen Bonham

Community Development Coordinator

Meet Karen! Karen joined the MADEC team in 2020.

As the Community Development Coordinator, Karen ensures that MADEC remains connected with the local community. Karen identifies opportunities to collaborate with other organisations and services. She also attends and organises community events so that as a community organisation, MADEC can give back and make valuable contributions to our local community.

Karen has been a Mackay local for decades and is well connected in the community. She would love you to reach out to her if you have ideas, feedback or information that can benefit the community and MADEC.

Jessica McColm

NDIS Coordinator

Meet Jess! Jess joined the MADEC team in 2020.

As the NDIS Coordinator, Jess leads MADEC’s operations surrounding Short Term Accommodation (Respite), Medium Term Accommodation and Community Access under MADEC’s Disability Services.

 With 15 years across Aged Care, Human Resources, Customer Service and Disability, Jess is passionate about proving safe, individualised and empowering STA/MTA accommodation & Community Access supports to members of the community – within an environment in which our partakers and their families feel supported whilst developing strong connections and goal-orientated plans for the future.

Meet the Board.

Heidi Jarmaine


T'aire Olsen

Deputy Chair

Stephen Fernando


Lauran Sgroi


Mark Young






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