The Cairns Peer Support Group is a group for people with disability, run by people with disability. Group Convenor Wayne Maitland hosts bi-monthly meetings in Cairns.

The Cairns Peer Support Group talks about a range of topics including local services and supports, planning for an emergency and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The group meets bi-monthly on the third Friday of the month at Cairns City Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870.

Call QDN on 1300 363 783 or email peersupport@qdn.org.au to find out more about these  meetings.

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Introducing Wayne Maitland, the Cairns Hot Topics Peer Support Group group convenor.

"I've gained leadership skills to help me achieve my goals towards equality and fairness and I have become an expert at Zoom now." Wayne Maitland

Click here for the QDN calendar. Type ‘Peer Support Group’ in the search area to find upcoming group meeting dates and times.

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“It’s a great learning experience to be a member of the peer group for all ages. QDN offers great training to the Convenors which is a good thing.”

Wayne Maitland, Cairns.

What's Happening

  • A Yellow Queensland Rail train arriving at platform.Group Convenor Profile – Wayne Maitland
      Wayne Maitland Cairns Peer Support Group Why did you join QDN? I want to make a difference . I wanted to have an impact and use my previous work and life experience to help others speak out and make a difference. QDN enables me to do just that around the issues that impact people with disability. What has been good about becoming part of the group? Being part of something bigger, friendship, being out in the community and being able to communicate with others and share issues or ideas on ... Read More
  • Peer Support Groups logo, Connecting people with disability - There is a speech bubble with 8 different coloured graphics of people circling it.Peer Support Group Wrap up – March 2022
        Peer Support Group wrap up – March 2022 QDN team members, Olivia and Kat went to Far North Queensland! Olivia and Kat spent a week in Far North Queensland supporting our three Peer Support Groups, building and broadening local community connections and awareness of the work of QDN’s Peer Support Groups. Over the week they supported three peer groups meeting with 17 QDN peer group members and over 40 community service providers and 3 regional councils. They connected with new ... Read More
  • People are seated at multiple spread out tables in a large conference room. There is a lady standing at the front presenting to the group.Cairns Peer Support Story
      Cairns Peer Support Group Story The Cairns Peer Support Group met this month to discuss Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness. The group was co-facilitated by Group Convenor Wayne Maitland who shared his personal experience with preparing for an emergency. Cairns Regional Council’s Disaster Management Resilience Officer, Sioux Campbell, joined the discussion and planning session providing invaluable local information around Council’s disaster and emergency planning resources including ... Read More
  • QDN Local Support Groups videos launched
    QDN Local Support Groups videos launched Recently at QDNs Annual General Meeting, two digital stories were launched for the first time to celebrate QDN’s local support groups work to inform, connect, lead and influence people with disabilities in local communities across Queensland.   The digital stories showcase QDNs peer groups and the work of peer groups across the State.  QDN has 20 local support groups, operating ... Read More
  • Why Come Along To A Local Support Group?
    Why Come Along To A Local Support Group? QDN has 20 Peer Local Support Groups in communities across Queensland that meet in person and virtually. The groups are led by people with disability for people with disability. Hear from QDN’s Local Support Group Convenors about the benefits of being part of a peer network and why you should come along in the below video. ... Read More