About Us

Established in 1991, Advocacy South West (ASW) is a regionally based community not for profit Western Australian agency that provides information, advocacy and support to people with disabilities or mental health issues who find themselves in vulnerable or marginalised situations living in the South West.

We are publicly funded through the Commonwealth Department of Social Services & the WA Government Disability Services Commission and has the ability to seek funding (grants, sponsorship and donations) from other public and philanthropic sources for discreet projects from time to time.

Advocacy South West advocates for social change and service improvement focusing on, but not limited to, the areas of accommodation, employment and financial security, education and training, transport, and access to specialist health services, so that people with disabilities will be recognised and treated as valued citizens within their community.

Meet the Team

Annette Dix
CEO
Annette Dix has been part of the South West community since 1991. She is experienced in the areas of stakeholder management and organisational change. She has a strong voice that will advocate for people with disabilities in the South West.
Susan Thompson
Senior Advocate
Susan joined us as an individual advocate in December 2014. Susan holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Social Welfare and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the attorney Generals Department.
Di Judson
Advocate
Di joined Advocacy Western Australia in May 2017 as a new Social Work graduate. Di has worked in human services for over 30 years, including a 20 year career in nursing. Di has a strong desire to advocate and provide a voice for people with disabilities and mental illness.
Sandra Hall
Advocate
Sandra joined us in February 2016 and holds a Bachelor Degree in Legal Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling. A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and nationally accredited mediator she has worked in community services for over 10 years.
Nicole Radovan
Advocate
Nicole came on board in January 2017 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Justice Studies with a minor in Addiction Studies. Nicole previously worked for the Department of Corrective Services for seven years and has recently commenced a Social Work Degree.
Annie Rickman
Advocate
Annie joined our team in May 2017, holds a Bachelor of Social Work and has experience working for small and large community service agencies across WA. She is experienced in youth work , counselling, work readiness, women’s advocacy and mental health.
Roxy Kennedy
Communications and Executive Support
Roxy joined us in May 2017 in the role of Communications and Executive Support. She is a local to the South West region with a strong Customer Service background. Roxanne is responsible for maintaining our online presence as well as providing assistance to our CEO.
Peta-Anne Smith
Administration Volunteer
Peta-Anne became a part of the Advocacy WA team in April 2014 as a volunteer administrator, providing assistance to our Individual Advocates. Peta-Anne has worked in the Administration and Human Resources for many years and is a valuable member of our team.