Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Association was founded in 1975, by “Pink Twins” Dorothy and Moyia O’Brien, Queensland’s first occupational therapists. They saw the need to help families and communities and used their own funds to establish SWARA in the Roma Street Parklands.

Dorothy and Moyia O’Brien’s legacy continues to flourish today through community inclusion and skills that bring independence, respect and trust. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013 has brought increased choice and control for clients around their support services and at the same time a need for greater responsibility, self-respect and confidence. The O’Brien’s philosophy and human values have enabled this great flexibility, responsiveness to change and excitement about our future.

Development of support skills include hospitality at the Sunshine café, the Sunshine bakery, community inclusion, recycling enterprises, horticulture, communications, creative and performing arts, learning skills for independence, employment pathways and education and training options.