About our members

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The Down Syndrome Advisory Network (DSAN) is a group of people with Down syndrome chosen to work together to provide direct advice to the Down Syndrome Australia Board. 

You can also find out a bit more about our members in our Voice article which you can download here in PDF format.

Our appointed Down Syndrome Advisory Network members are: 

Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell, Queensland

Appointed November 2017

Claire is a 35-year-old woman who is passionate about speaking for younger people with Down syndrome. She enjoys public speaking and has been involved in presenting at different organisations and at the University of Queensland. She is involved in a choir, has previously been involved in performance school and enjoys musical theatre. Claire is also very proud to be working part-time as an administrative assistant. 


Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan, New South Wales

Appointed November 2017

Michael was invited directly as he is the Australian representative for Down Syndrome International (self-advocacy group) and provides an excellent link between our work and work at the international level. He is an experienced and seasoned advocate for people with intellectual disability. He was Chair of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability from 2015–2017. He has previously been on the National Disability Advisory Council in Canberra and is currently on the National Disability Insurance Agency Intellectual Disability Reference Group. Michael is also the Healthy Ageing Ambassador for the UNSW Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, and a member of Down Syndrome NSW.


Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott, New South Wales

Appointed November 2017

Kylie is a 38-year-old woman who has extensive experience in presenting at conferences, schools and training sessions. She is involved in the Sydney Local Health District NDIS Governance Committee. You can see more about Kylie’s work here.


Matt O Neil

Matt O’Neil, Victoria

Appointed November 2017

Matt is a 22-year-old man who is very active in his community and interested in a range of social issues. He is involved with Club21, e.motion21, and is employed at a local café. He is also heavily involved in sports. 


Nick McMahon

Nick McMahon, South Australia

Appointed November 2017

Nick is a 27-year-old man who is actively involved with Down Syndrome South Australia as part of their dance group and assists with teaching dance. He enjoys being involved and sharing his ideas. 


Lauren Murray, ACT

Appointed March 2020

Lauren is from the ACT. She has completed a certificate in Business Studies and computer courses. She has been employed by Koomarri since 2006 and has worked in a number of working roles. She lives independently, attends a gym several times per week and is an active member of the Wizards Bowling League. Lauren has a positive outlook on life and is willing to challenge herself with new situations.

About our members

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The Down Syndrome Advisory Network is sometimes called the DSAN.

It is a group of people who work together to give advice to Down Syndrome Australia.

Here is some information about each of the DSAN members.

Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell

Claire is from Queensland. Claire is passionate about speaking for young people with Down syndrome.

She likes to do public speaking and has done lots of speeches, including at the University of Queensland.

Claire is in a choir and likes musical theatre. She is very proud to be working as an administrative assistant doing office work.

She joined DSAN in November 2017.

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Down Syndrome Australia invited Michael to join DSAN because he has lots of experience as an advocate for many years.

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This includes speaking out for Australians with Down syndrome at Down Syndrome International.

So he is a good link between Down Syndrome Australia and other Down syndrome organisations around the world.

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He has been on lots of groups that speak out for people with intellectual disability.

This includes the National Disability Advisory Council and the Intellectual Disability Advisory Group for the NDIS.

Michael was Chair of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability from 2015 to 2017.

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Michael is a Healthy Ageing Ambassador at University of NSW.

Michael is a member of Down Syndrome NSW and has been on the DSAN since November 2017.

Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott

Kylie is from New South Wales. She has lots of experience speaking at conferences, in schools and at training.

She is a member of a committee in Sydney that is about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

She has been on the DSAN since November 2017.

Matt O’Neill

Matt O Neil

Matt is from Victoria and is very active in his local community.

He is a member of Club21 social club, the e.motion dance group and takes part in local sports.

He is interested in social issues and also works in a café.

Nick McMahon

Nick McMahon

Nick is from South Australia.

He is a member of the Down Syndrome South Australia dance group. He also helps teach other people to dance.

He likes to be involved and share his ideas.

Nick has been on the DSAN since November 2017.

Lauren Murray

Lauren Murray

Lauren is from the ACT.

Lauren has a certificate in Business Studies and has completed computer courses.

She is employed and also does volunteer work. Lauren has written several items for the Koomarri Newsletter.

She lives independently, goes to a gym and is a member of the Wizards Bowling League

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You can read more about DSAN members in this Voice article below.