Like so many great ideas, MemBo Noticeboard came about as the result of looking after our elderly parents - one in New Zealand and two here on gorgeous Moreton Bay - with an ever-increasing need to underpin things to ensure they remained independent for as long as possible - and importantly, to ensure they retained their dignity.
We have a background in Medical Administration Software & Services Development, with the common elements in our systems being communication, connecting and servicing people.
It was a natural step for us to look to designing a system that would assist us - and everyone else involved in our parents' care - to access and communicate information.
The system we have developed as the result, is relevant not only for those living with memory loss resulting from Dementia, but for anyone supporting a person living with these symptoms.
Initially, two of the major concerns for us were when my mother lost her drivers' licence, and when my stepdad became unable to manage his own medication.
As my father became less and less able, so my mother became his primary carer, and responsible for virtually everything.
Over the next handful of years there was the need to support them in an increasing number of areas - medical appointments, family visits, accountant appointments, when documents were due, all kinds of things.
Even though we have continued to see them three times a week, what we really struggled with, was keeping my mother up-to-date with an increasingly unreliable short-term memory.
What we came up with, is a simple Online Noticeboard system that can be updated easily at the drop of a hat, and that anyone provided with permission can access from anywhere on the globe.
We hope that our system helps you, whoever, and wherever you are!
Anne-Louise Underwood, Co-Founder
As Queensland Manager for international music presenter Musica Viva Australia, Anne-Louise developed sound government & corporate partnerships and a culture of quality customer service. Committed to helping people, MemBo Noticeboard has provided an extraordinary opportunity to combine this passion with the delivery of much-needed support for people living with dementia and other disabilities, and for Families & Carers.
Dr Alasdair MacDonald, B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D, MiBA
With a career spread over 20 years and from Silicon Valley to Fortitude Valley, Dr MacDonald has a distinguished career working within aged care and dementia, and a proven ability to drive continuous improvement, best practice and targeting one’s points of difference.
Amongst his many appointments, Dr MacDonald has held the roles of Chief Operating Officer at the world's first aged care Mircotown for residents with dementia and complex care needs at New Direction Care Bellmere, Queensland, and the implementation of a Philosophy of Living person-centred care strategy at Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home in Sydney.
Dr MacDonald is the founder of blacksheepconsultant and when not consulting, he is a University Lecturer on the same subjects that he is passionate about.
Mark Underwood, Co-Founder
Mark is an experienced software developer with a career spanning over 30 years working primarily in the allied health area with the successful design and delivery of extensive administration systems and integrations. His Physiotherapy Practice Management Program was expanded to accommodate University Therapies Departments and hospitals, and he has worked with both the Victorian and Queensland Workers Compensation bodies.
Victoria McLaughlin, Marketing Consultant
Vicky’s industry experience includes working with Walt Disney World in Florida in the USA, Marriott Hotels in the UK, Local Government in both the UK and Australia, and with Brisbane Marketing in Australia. She began Baker Street Marketing in 2015 and joined the MemBo Noticeboard team as a consultant in 2018.