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The sweet spot where growth occurs

Adj Associate Professor Donna Markham is the former Victorian Chief Allied Health Officer, a certified organisational coach and registered occupational therapist who has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years.

Donna established her own business in 2021, Disequilibrium, the sweet spot where growth occurs -  coaching and supporting professionals in the workplace as well as providing consultancy services.

As a certified coach, Donna’s purpose is to support and inspire those who are ready to embrace their vulnerability and uncover the potential that is already within. She is particularly passionate about supporting individuals to grow their leadership capabilities, stay true to what’s important and at the same time care for their own well-being.

Donna aims to create a deep and meaningful connection with her clients as well as a healthy level of disequilibrium or discomfort to reach the ‘gold’, and create an environment primed for growth – the sweet spot!

Donna has held leadership roles within health services and the Victorian government, and has worked across health, disability and community sectors. She is a non-executive Director for a national mental health provider (ermha 365) and an Aged Care provider (Uniting Age Well) and is the Chief Allied Health Officer for the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP).

Donna is a mum of two boys and advocates for the important role women play both at home and in the workplace, particularly in executive leadership positions. Donna is passionate about the importance of self-care and well-being.

Donna lives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges with her partner and two young boys, one of whom is neurodivergent. She has an adorable and unusual looking Bedlington Terrier and six chooks. She loves yoga, reading, gardening, and bushwalking. Donna is happiest sitting around the campfire with her family.

Donna was a finalist for the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women's Award in 2014 and is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified organisational coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. Donna was awarded a medal of order (OAM) in 2022 for her contributions to health care administration.


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