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Nikita Fernandes

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder, Ally Assist

Focus Area

Positive social change

Nikita Fernandes

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder, Ally Assist

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I’m a STEM fanatic and Biomed grad, who loves harnessing technology and the human spirit for good. My interests are diverse due to my multicultural upbringing and curious nature.

 

Reflecting on my life, I noticed the insidious effects of a lack of relevant and relatable products, services and mentors. For that reason, I'm compelled to address the opportunity disparity in demographics I feel most connected to; people with a disability and their families, youth, women and people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

 

Ally Assist takes the skills, learnings and networks gained from my previous roles in education and IT, and perfectly combines them with my personal experience. So far, we’ve helped over 500 people living with a disability and their families to get more than 30,000 hours of therapy using Allied Health Assistants; these are university students studying to become Allied Health Professionals. Our 500+ workers gain meaningful employment and hands-on experience that better equips them for their careers after graduation.

 

My days are balanced with sport, architectural design and anything adventure-related. My favourite places to travel have been Peru (learning ancient Incan traditions) and Kenya (where I spent time on safari and meeting local communities).

Skills & Expertise

  • Disability sector in Australia
  • Building startups and early stage companies
  • Establishing team culture through leadership
  • Operations and project management
  • Financial independence

"Ally Assist is an online platform that helps people with a disability to find and work with the best allied health team, in order to multiply their number of therapy hours to reach their goals faster."


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