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The award will be for an outstanding Consultant Member who has contributed to the field of learning difficulties through work with students, their advocacy for students and their families, and through education of the wider community. An important criterion will be demonstrable efforts to address equity issues by making their services more accessible to disadvantaged families. 

2020 Recipient: Kristin Anthian

Kristin has worked in education for 30 years. During this period she has taught in indigenous and transient communities, and specialist and inclusive settings. She has been employed as a Special Education Advisor and Family Service Co-ordinator as part of a multidisciplinary allied health team in Early Intervention and as a Preschool Field Officer and Assessment Officer.

Kristin has worked for specialist Autism consultancy agencies, including Gateways Support Services in the Barwon Region, and convened on special education advisory boards. In 2014 she was involved in the VCAA VCE special provisions review focus groups and in 2017 on the VCAA VCE SEA (Special Exam Arrangements) Advisory Board for Specific Learning Difficulties.

Her qualifications include degrees in Early Childhood Education and Primary, a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Intervention and a Master’s degree in Special Education and Inclusion. She is a member of the University of Melbourne and Deakin University Alumni, and The Golden Key International Honour Society. Kristin is a VIT registered teacher who currently works as a private practitioner consulting with schools, early childhood settings and families to support students with diverse and exceptional learning needs. She is an accredited Consultant, as well as past Council member (2015-2017), for Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA), a Certified Dyslexia Therapist, a past professional member of the ADA, and provides private tuition to students experiencing obstacles in their learning.