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Ageing and living well with Sue Robertson
Episode 2419th September 2022 • Get That Good Life! Conference Replay • Imagine More
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Ageing and Living Well with Sue Robertson

Sue and Susan have known each other for over 20 years. During this time, Sue has been Susan’s Citizen Advocate and has supported her to get the good things in life.

One of these good things was a place to call home. Susan lived in a group home for many years, but it wasn’t a place where she felt relaxed or in control. In this presentation, Sue will describe Susan’s steps to move into a place of her own.

In July 2021, just before Susan turned 67, she hosted a PATH plan that drew inspiration from the NZ Ageing Well Strategy. Susan is well on her way to living her best life.


This session was introduced by Gus Reichelt

Hi, my name is Gus. I am here to introduce Sue Robertson. Sue lives in New Zealand. She has worked with people with disability for over 30 years. Sue believes in inclusion and family leadership. Sue has been an advocate for Susan for more than 20 years. And today, she will tell Susan’s story. It’s called “Ageing and Living Well”. I hope you enjoy listening to Sue. 

Meet Sue Robertson

Sue Robertson has more than 30 years of experience in the disability sector. She has dedicated her career to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and is a fearless champion for families. Sue has spoken internationally on inclusion, family leadership and family governance. She is a facilitator of PATH plans and bespoke personal planning.

Somewhere in this journey, Sue completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Diploma in Care Coordination to add to her teaching qualifications. She constantly learns from leaders and mentors with lived experiences of impairment, especially about the disabling impact of societal attitudes about disability. She is encouraged by stories from people who generously share their insights and wisdom.

Currently, Sue is Change and Practice Manager with a large disability service provider in New Zealand. In this role, she co-designs and manages projects and initiatives that influence how current and future services are delivered.

Sue is a trustee for the Disability Trustee Ltd and an Advisor for Family Network. For nearly 20 years, Sue has been a Citizen Advocate for her friend Susan. Sue has previously worked for Imagine Better as the Family Strategy Manager in New Zealand. She was involved in the development of the NZ Autism Guidelines.

Sue lives in New Zealand with her husband Neil. They have three adult children. Katie, their middle child, has been in the first wave of social change since she was born in 1984. Katie lives a great life and has been a source of inspiration for every member of their family. 

Resources mentioned in Sue’s presentation

Advocacy and Human Rights

Citizen Advocacy 

A Place to Call Home

A Good Life