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What Inspires Us

Thrive is a part of the Worklink Group. We have been servicing the Cairns community for over 25 years with a focus on mental health and psychosocial disability. During this time, we have developed a deep understanding of the challenges of those living with a disadvantage, and helped thousands achieve their goals and live full and rewarding lives.


Our motto “We care, You thrive” embodies our empowering approach to each of our participants. We believe that everyone has the ability and should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstance, and our role is to support and inspire each individuals journey.


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Our Locations

Thrive services across the Far North Queensland region from the Cassowary Coast and Mission Beach through Cairns and the Tablelands all the way up to Cooktown, Hope Vale and The Cape.

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Our Team

Jo Arbuckle
Support Coordinator - Team Leader

I would describe myself bubbly, enthusiastic, and caring.  I am dedicated to working alongside participants to assist in achieving their goals and living their best lives.

Nataleigh Wright
NDIS Plan Manager

With my background in accounting and bookkeeping and an innate desire to help others, starting as a NDIS Plan Manager has felt like a very natural and exciting transition. My goal in this role is to support you in achieving your goals and to assist in making the most out of your plan. I’m a firm believer that genuine connections are built on respect, compassion and kindness and I look forward to getting to know you.

Michael Smith
Support Coordinator

With a background in employment, recruitment, and support services, my passion lies in aiding individuals to achieve their goals. I am dedicated to assisting you in comprehending and executing your NDIS plan. Every action I take prioritizes your choice and control. My aim is to ensure your experience with Thrive is profoundly positive, and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with you ahead.

Shellee Tones
Support Coordinator

I have a strong passion in life with encouraging people to live their most independent and rewarding lives.  My skills have been developed through my years within community services where I had the privilege of listening to and supporting individuals to reach their goals.    I look forward to walking beside you during your time with Thrive where my goal will be to focus on ensuring your experience is extremely positive and rewarding.

Olivia Michaud
NDIS Administration

I am committed towards providing fast and accurate administrative support to the Thrive Plan Management team. With sound technical and creative skills, I am passionate about streamlining processes and exploring new and emerging technology.

Charné Malherbe
NDIS Plan Manager - Team Leader

I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers, especially budgets. As an NDIS Plan Manager, I can use my background in finance while working in a role where I am driven by the desire to help participants get the most out of their NDIS Plan and achieve their goals.

Michelle Wattridge
NDIS Recovery Coach

My passion is to support people to build capacity and to live a full and contributing life. I am a local to the FNQ region and my motto is ‘I do with, not for’.  As a Recovery Coach I will walk alongside you and support you to identify what your key priorities are and assist you with the steps to achieve these.

Debra Watkinson
Support Coordinator

I have over 35 years working in community sectors such as Child Safety, Corrections, and the remote planning team for NDIS. In my current role, I assist in supporting Cooktown, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Lakeland and Laura, and bring a wealth of experience which empowers others. My values are focusing on providing support that encourages personal growth and wellbeing. In my down time I enjoy harvesting bees and attending charity events for Ex-Service men and women and their families.

Sarah Payne
Support Coordinator

My passion in life has always been to support people in achieving their goals. With a strong background in the community services sector, I am passionate about working closely with participants formal and informal supports, to ensure my participants are best supported.


Get in contact with one of our team members to learn about how we can help you.