Abby Thevarajah

Abby is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in the community, private and public sectors. Her most recent position was as the Senior Physiotherapist with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She has been involved in developing and implementing policies including change management. Abby is passionate about consumer involvement in research, community engagement and enhancing awareness of inclusive practices for people with disabilities.⁠

She currently is a board director of the United Nations Association of Australia’s (UNAA) Young Professional Network and holds the role of deputy chair of Ondru- a Melbourne-based non-profit humanitarian organisation. Abby has previously been on the board of the Collingwood Children’s Farm, Extended Families Australia and membership committee of the YWCA. Abby attended the UNAA’s inaugural study tour to Geneva; taking part in a week of meetings with UN staff and ambassadors, UN agencies and NGOs. ⁠

Abby holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Certificate in International Health from Curtin University, Diploma of Management within the framework of women’s leadership through the YWCA and a Masters in Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development at Deakin University. She is currently a PhD student with the Australian Catholic University looking at adapted bike riding for children and youth with disabilities.