Our Point of Difference

Life Buoyancy Institute Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with communities to support people from vulnerable backgrounds. We offer the science-based IMPACT Program which:

Honours Both Diversity and Complexity

IMPACT offers a unifying method, delivered through training, coaching and practical resources, to disentangle the complexity of human wellbeing, growth and resilience, and deliver sustainable outcomes personalised to individual and community.

Activates and Then Grows Local Community Capacity

IMPACT is personalised to the needs, resources and strengths of local community, big and small. It activates and then grows local community capacity through a process of strengthening and empowerment, not replacing what is being done.

Integrates Best-Practice Evidence With Local Wisdom

IMPACT integrates best-practice evidence on the science of wellbeing, growth, trauma-informed practice and resilience with the local wisdom of individuals and communities. IMPACT has an in-built capacity building process to deliver sustainable outcomes.

Who Are We?

LBI Foundation is a not-for-pro¬≠fit organisation dedicated to partnering with communities to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and adults from vulnerable backgrounds.   

Our Vision

Collective thriving across diverse communities.

Our Impact

Why Have We Formed?

In response to the increasing levels of complexity of need within our community, and to address the gap between the science of wellbeing, trauma-informed practice and growing individual/collective capacity and how it is implemented in the support provided to communities in need.

Our Community Impact

LBI Foundation is making an impact in the lives of Australians from vulnerable backgrounds.
Therapeutic Residential Care

Therapeutic Residential Care

Bernie Noonan, Program Manager, Uniting Country SA

"Our agency now really understands 'what is therapeutic care'. We have developed sustainable ways to 'grow' our children, and how to engage them directly in methods to build their capacity for wellbeing, resilience and positive future outcomes. Our staff are empowered in this process."

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care

Jodie Sawley, Senior Practitioner, Centacare

"Our social work and support team have been empowered to grow both foster carers and children side-by-side. Our roles are moving from 'support' to 'coaching' roles, where we can make a real difference in the lives of children and the dedicated carers who are there to support them."

Disengaged Young People

Disengaged Young People

Jason Harding, Senior Case Manager, Relationships Australia

"Resilient IMPACT has provided us the tools and method to grow key self-awareness and skills in young people to cope with the demands of life, to engage with education and set goals for their future. The content really cuts through. You can really see that it is making a difference".

Our Leadership Team

LBI Foundation is led by a team with significant experience and complementary skill sets.
John Shepherd, AM

John Shepherd, AM

Board Member and General Manager

John has significant experience in providing strategic and operational leadership in not-for-profit agencies, including within multiple board appointments and as Founding Chair of the Operation Flinders Foundation.

Dr Ivan Raymond, PhD

Dr Ivan Raymond, PhD

Board Member and Clinical, Research and Education Director

Ivan is a clinical psychologist, published researcher, trauma clinician, program developer and writer. He is a leading expert in intentional practice and integrating the science of wellbeing, resilience and trauma.

Paula Raymond

Paula Raymond

Board Member

Paula is a qualified social worker who has significant experience in providing targeted interventions for children, young people and adults with complex needs in educational, child protection, justice and homelessness settings.

Tim Muhlhausler

Tim Muhlhausler

Board Member and Treasurer

Tim is a Chartered Accountant (Partner with Accounting and Audit firm Galpins) and brings more than 16 years of experience in the auditing and quality improvement of educational, child-protection and community service providers.

Mabel Tam

Mabel Tam

Board Member

Mabel is a Lawyer and Partner with Norman Waterhouse. She brings significant experience in meeting the diverse legal needs of the local government and the private sector, and with transactions that have both national and international implications.

Our Sponsors and Supporters

LBI Foundation thanks the generous support from these partner agencies

Contact Details


226 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, 5006

Further Information

Ivan Raymond
0417 846 103

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