Michelle Dunscombe is based on Taungurung land in rural Victoria, Australia and is an enthusiastic community development practitioner, facilitator and trainer. She is passionate about strengthening regional and rural communities particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to discover possibilities, develop community leadership capacity, build community resilience and support community led projects. She draws on her experience working with local and state governments, a community foundation, the private and the not for profit sectors to inform her work with communities.
Michelle is an ABCD Institute faculty member, Vice Chair of ABCD Asia Pacific Inc, a Regional Development Australia Hume committee member and a former Country Correspondent for Australia and global country correspondent coordinator for the International Association for Community Development (IACD) with a wealth of experience working with communities and community organisations. Michelle utilises asset based community development methodologies and participatory leadership practices to support community led initiatives.
Michelle has experience working with disaster affected communities across Australia and internationally, happily sharing her lived and professional experience in disaster preparedness and recovery using ABCD principles and practices.
Michelle has provided consultancy, training and workshops to a diverse range of organisations as follows:
- Local governments across Australia and the UK
- Aboriginal community controlled organisations
- Youth services
- Community Disaster/Emergency management groups
- Women’s groups
- Volunteer organisations
- Neighbourhood and Community Houses
- Sporting groups
- Landcare groups
- Community action groups
- Community Health Organisations
- International Non-Government Organisations