After various careers in hospital science, health education, counselling and print/radio journalism, Kate Strohm established Siblings Australia in 1999. Since then the organisation has developed a national and international reputation for its work in promoting and developing more supports for siblings of children and adults with disability. Kate has run many workshops for siblings, parents and professionals around Australia and overseas. Kate's sister, who had cerebral palsy, passed away in 2013, and Kate was actively involved in the organisation that supported her for many years.
The NDIS is a new way of supporting people with disability. Whilst it aims to provide greater choice and control regarding services for participants it also recognises the important role of ‘informal supports’.