Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network Inc.
A Place for Everyone



We believe we can accomplish significant change if the whole community works together, focusing ALL the Sunshine Coast’s varied resources towards improving everyone’s quality of life. We believe we should share our problems and solutions.


We aim to;

  • Increase the awareness of access issues in the community through collaboration and engagement
  • Educate the community about the changes that need to be implemented for full accessibility
  • Be involved in active and on site consultation from initial planning processes and developments onwards
  • Advise and collaborate with partners in transport
  • Participate in community engagement and consultation
  • Network with other organisations and committees to enhance education and awareness
  • Assist the community to understand how to interact and offer assistance if necessary to people with disabilities.

SCAAN have improved access by the following:


  • Increasing community awareness
  • Have formed networks with construction companies
  • SCAAN have had input into the Sunshine Coast University Hospital design.
  • We are being asked to give informative talks to official bodies such as the Civil Engineers
  • Have improved signage at Caloundra Bus Station
  • Have been involved in consultation with Maroochydore bus station re disability toilets.

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10 months ago

Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network

Congratulations Carly Findlay 💐I’ve been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). It’s for my work with disabled people.

I admit to having a massive case of imposter syndrome - it’s a strange feeling. I’ve known for over a month and haven’t been able to write anything down about it until now.

But I’ve reflected on my achievements - editing Growing Up Disabled in Australia, writing Say Hello, speaking at various writers festivals including Ubud, Melbourne and Byron, working as Access and Inclusion Coordinator at Melbourne Fringe, creating Access to Fashion at Melbourne Fashion Week, running the Australian Ichthyosis Meet, appearing on You Can’t Ask That, working with advocates to change policies, writing for the media and providing advice and support to countless people with ichthyosis, facial difference and disability (and their families). My work has always been about inclusion, representation and visibility for the wider community.

Someone in the media just asked what my greatest achievement has been. It took a while to answer. I said “defying others’ low expectations of me”.

It’s an honour for my work to be recognised on a national level, and I hope that other disabled people can see what’s possible.

There are so many leaders - past and present - who have worked hard for disability rights, and I am thankful to them for teaching me so much. We are a strong, resilient and hardworking community and I’m proud to be a part of it.

I am excited to continue to do work in the skin condition, appearance diversity and disability spaces, and the media, literary and arts communities - and beyond. I have some big plans.

While I’m proud to be an Australian, I didn’t want to mention this award yesterday as I don’t believe it’s a day for celebration. I strive for a more equitable Australia in all of my work, and this includes recognising and working with First Nations people.

Thank you to everyone who believes in me - family, friends, colleagues, doctors, readers and strangers.

It’s an honour to be included among great people including some of my faves - Tim Minchin, Rebekah Robinson and Georgie Stone, Jane Turner, Peter Coombe.

Read my blog
Watch a video on SBS
Read about it here
See the listing on the Governor General’s website

Image: woman with red face and dark curly hair tied back. She’s wearing a blue and white check dress. She’s standing in a book store.

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  • This project has been assisted through the Sunshine Coast Council Grants Program.
  • Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network is an incorporated organisation. Inc Number: A156893. ABN 88 973 724 392