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Ability Action Australia

NDIS Therapeutic Supports Provider

We’re a dedicated team of highly qualified allied health professionals. We’re local people, on the ground in your community, delivering allied health services that help NDIS participants get more out of life today. Make a referral to Ability Action Australia today or let our concierge service contact you at a time that suits.

 

Margaret Huang

Margaret Huang

Position: Senior Physiotherapist - Sydney

Margaret is qualified as a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist, and has worked professionally in both allied health sectors.

She worked for two years as a physiotherapist in private practice, performing musculoskeletal and clinical pilates assessments with adults, adolescents and children.

In this role, she worked with conditions such as:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Pregnancy-related issues, such as incontinence

Earlier, Margaret was employed at a private physiotherapy clinic, also with people from across the age span, and with conditions such as intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, and back pain.

She also has experience working in a hospital within an orthopaedics ward and fracture clinic, where she performed mobility assessments with people of all ages. She worked with conditions including spinal cord injury, amputation, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Margaret loves helping people get the most out of their lives by supporting them to live more independently, and seeing them make improvements over time makes her happy to be part of their journey.

She is enjoying her work with Ability Action Australia and supporting NDIS participants across Sydney.

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Margaret Huang

Senior Physiotherapist - Sydney

Margaret is qualified as a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist,...

Alex Bush

Position: Senior Physiotherapist - Sydney

Alex has worked with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, including those living with conditions such as cerebral palsy, acute stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Her time as a physiotherapist has taken her across continents and clinical settings. In Sydney, she worked at St Vincent’s Hospital in their orthopaedics, respiratory, stroke rehabilitation and neurological wards, as well as at a leading airline as a team leader delivering occupational rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and safety services.

Alex also spent two years on rotation in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, covering most areas of physiotherapy, including respiratory, stroke rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, intensive care, surgical, women’s health, and rehabilitation for the elderly.

Earlier, she gained vital experience during placements in the paediatric neurosciences ward of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and in the community neurological rehabilitation ward in Newcastle.

Alex thrives on making a difference in people’s lives and helping them achieve their goals.

Alex Bush

Senior Physiotherapist - Sydney

Alex has worked with people of all ages and from...

Mary-Rose Bronts

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Mary-Rose has been an Occupational Therapist for six years, working mainly with people living with neurological conditions.

For the past five years, she has worked at Multiple Sclerosis Limited in both Melbourne and Sydney, working within the NDIS and Disability Employment Services.

Mary-Rose has extensive experience providing support and education to assist people to manage their symptoms, including fatigue and pain management, changes in sensations, temperature regulation, upper limb weakness, reduced fine motor control, anxiety, depression and cognitive changes.

Her broader experience includes:

  • Assistive technology trials, assessments and prescriptions
  • Functional capacity assessments
  • Supporting individuals to access the NDIS
  • Ergonomic assessments at home and in the workplace

She is passionate about supporting and assisting people to meet their goals and making a positive difference in their lives.

Mary-Rose Bronts

Senior Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Mary-Rose has been an Occupational Therapist for six years, working...

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Chloe Lockie

Position: Team Leader / Senior Occupational Therapist - Blue Mountains

Chloe is an active learner and enthusiastic allied health professional with four years’ clinical experience working with people aged seven years and above.

She is focused on implementing evidence-based interventions within the NDIS space to achieve optimal health outcomes for participants. Taking a goal-oriented, participant-centered approach, Chloe engages not only the participant but also their family, friends and caregivers.

Her work has involved supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children and adolescents with varying conditions, including cerebral palsy, stroke, motor neurone disease and intellectual disability.

Chloe is experienced in occupational therapy assessments, interventions and evaluations in the home and community settings (school or work), including:

  • Functional and psychosocial capacity assessments
  • Assistive technology assessment and prescription
  • Manual handling training and education
  • Supported Independent Living Assessments
  • Supported Disability Accommodation Assessments

She has extensive experience working with people with mental health conditions, and in prescribing assistive technology. Chloe also values holistic and integrative therapies for her clients.

Chloe is passionate about supporting participants to achieve their NDIS goals within all aspects of their life, so they can lead happy and fulfilling lives within our community.

She works full time across the Blue Mountains.

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Chloe Lockie

Team Leader / Senior Occupational Therapist - Blue Mountains

Chloe is an active learner and enthusiastic allied health professional...

Erandi Perera

Erandi Perera

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Western Sydney

An Occupational Therapist for nearly seven years, Erandi has spent part of this time supporting NDIS participants of all ages and abilities.

She has extensive experience with a variety of disability types, including autism, global developmental delay, intellectual disability, physical and psychosocial disabilities, and mental health conditions.

Her experience has involved:

  • Prescribing assistive technology
  • Minor home modifications
  • Sensory profile assessments
  • Therapy to teach daily living skills
  • Paediatric therapy interventions

Prior to this, Erandi worked within the work rehabilitation and aged care spaces, helping people participate more fully in everyday life.

She enjoys seeing her clients receive the support they need and reach their NDIS goals.

Erandi works with participants across greater western Sydney.

Erandi Perera

Senior Occupational Therapist - Western Sydney

An Occupational Therapist for nearly seven years, Erandi has spent...

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Sophie Sprague

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Greater Western Sydney

Sophie was inspired to become an occupational therapist after working in the disability support sector and seeing the difference that professionals in this space can make in people’s lives.

Since gaining her qualifications, Sophie has worked with people across the lifespan, providing a range of supports and services to NDIS participants in the community.

She values getting to know participants by finding out what is important to each individual and helping them achieve their goals. Sophie works with her clients to make everyday life easier by building knowledge and skills, finding new ways of doing things and changing the environment to suit different needs.

Sophie has worked with people of all ages living with disability such as developmental delay, autism, cerebral palsy and stroke. She has clinical experience in:

  • Functional capacity assessments
  • Supported independent living assessments
  • Assistive technology assessments for manual and power wheelchairs, transfer equipment, showering equipment and home modifications
  • Everyday skills development for domestic tasks or personal care

Based in Penrith, Sophie is excited to be working with the NDIS community across greater western Sydney.

Sophie Sprague

Senior Occupational Therapist - Greater Western Sydney

Sophie was inspired to become an occupational therapist after working...

Nazar Adam

Position: Occupational Therapist - Sydney

For the past two and half years, Nazar has worked as an Occupational Therapist in aged care with elderly people living with a number of disabilities. These included dementia, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries, and intellectual disabilities.

His responsibilities in aged care settings included:

  • Pain management
  • Pressure care
  • Multidisciplinary care planning
  • Equipment prescription (e.g. adaptive cutlery, electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and beds)
  • Mobility/fall reviews

Nazar has also completed practical placements in hospitals and community and paediatric settings, where he gained experience in:

  • Completing cognitive assessments
  • Providing education on hip precautions in relation to falls prevention and care transfers
  • Collaborating with interpreters to enhance communication with patients from diverse backgrounds
  • Implementing transition to school assessments which included cutting skills, pencils skills, body awareness, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and visual skills

Nazar is delighted to work with NDIS participants across Sydney’s western suburbs.

Nazar Adam

Occupational Therapist - Sydney

For the past two and half years, Nazar has worked...

Maria Ventouris

Position: Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Maria previously worked as a carer, supporting a woman in her 80s living with dementia. She assisted her with daily tasks such as shopping, showering, toileting and grooming, and meaningful activities including walking around the block and going to the shops for coffee, which gave her purpose and enjoyment.

Throughout her studies, Maria worked across a range of settings and with people of all ages and abilities, including young indigenous children. She worked with people with knee and hip replacements, mental health conditions, neurological disorders, and vulnerable and trauma patients.

Maria has conducted falls prevention and energy conservation programs, and has experience with the following assessments:

  • Initial assessments
  • Functional assessments
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Car transfer assessments

Prior to joining Ability Action Australia, Maria worked with children as a dance teacher at a private girls’ school in Sydney’s inner west. Some of her students were diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety or were blind. Her students moved around to music, learnt routines, presented in front of loved ones and peers, and built their gross motor and attention skills.

Maria is delighted to be working with NDIS participants across the eastern region of Sydney.

Maria Ventouris

Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Maria previously worked as a carer, supporting a woman in...

Shiarna Tarasenko

Position: Therapy Assistant - Sydney

Shiarna is an integral part of our multidisciplinary therapy team. Guided by our fully qualified therapists, she is involved in producing therapy resources, organising and running groups, and supporting our valued clients to achieve their goals.

Before joining Ability Action Australia, Shiarna worked with adolescents and adults living with autism. Her role as a mentor was to engage with these individuals and their families to provide quality care, guidance and mentorship on life skills.

To date, her university placements have included positions in an acute hospital environment, working in the renal, acute surgical, and sub-acute rehabilitation wards. Shiarna completed initial assessments and functional reviews, and provided patients with falls education, energy conversation techniques, pressure care management and equipment prescription.

In addition to studying to become an Occupational Therapist, Shiarna is a qualified lifeguard and has worked at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. She is trained in first aid, CPR, and water safety, and is a designated fire warden.

Her goal is to maximise an individual’s independence, and she derives a great deal of satisfaction from seeing people improve their ability to perform meaningful tasks.

Shiarna is excited about working across western Sydney, helping to guide and support NDIS participants to achieve their goals.

Shiarna Tarasenko

Therapy Assistant - Sydney

Shiarna is an integral part of our multidisciplinary therapy team....

Tin Yan (Giselle) Lo

Position: Therapy Assistant - Sydney

Despite completing a medical degree, Giselle decided to study Occupational Therapy after realising she wanted a career where she could spend more time with her clients.

Prior to joining Ability Action Australia, Giselle was a research assistant at the Black Dog Institute, where she administered neurostimulation to clients with depression.

She was also a support worker, helping vulnerable clients and their families living with a range of conditions. She worked with people living with mental health conditions such as schizoaffective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism, as well as paediatric clients with newly diagnosed leukaemia. She also helped older clients living with dementia, which she could relate to personally as her grandmother has this condition.

Her university studies consisted of clinical placements with:

  • Calvary Hospital home modification team, evaluating their home modification process by interviewing clients/attending home visits
  • Scalabrini (nursing home), organising and leading exercise classes
  • Bankstown (acute inpatient), conducting functional reviews, initial assessments, prescribing commodes/shower chairs

Giselle’s Chinese clients enjoy spending time with her, playing Mahjong, practising Chinese writing, and making Chinese dishes. One of her clients introduced her as her ‘granddaughter from the government’, which gave her great joy because it meant she was viewed as a family member, not just a worker.

She enjoys seeing her participants smile, realise their dreams, and simply say ‘thank you’.

Giselle supports people across eastern Sydney.

Tin Yan (Giselle) Lo

Therapy Assistant - Sydney

Despite completing a medical degree, Giselle decided to study Occupational...

Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson

Position: Team Leader - Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

Sean has extensive experience supporting NDIS participants, having worked for five years at NeuroMoves—a department of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

During this time, he worked with adults and children aged 3–80 with a variety of neurological conditions, including spinal cord injury, stroke, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, intellectual disability, and amputees.

Previously, Sean was also a team leader of an allied health team, and a national professional standards coordinator responsible for training and upskilling staff.

Earlier, Sean worked as a tutor at Charles Sturt University, for neurological rehabilitation workshops.

He enjoys breaking down the barriers that people living with disability face in everyday life, and seeing his clients achieve goals they didn’t think were possible.

Working across greater Sydney, Sean is thrilled to be assisting the NDIS community with Ability Action Australia.

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Sean Thompson

Team Leader - Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

Sean has extensive experience supporting NDIS participants, having worked for...

Wendy Cheng

Wendy Cheng

Position: Occupational Therapist/Exercise Physiologist - Southern and Western Sydney

As both an Occupational Therapist and Exercise Physiologist, Wendy develops exercise programs and assessments and interventions for a diverse group of people.

She enjoys helping people with disability reach their own goals for themselves, and works hard to empower her clients to become more independent and feel supported on their own terms.

Wendy works with the person, their family or caregiver, and other healthcare professionals as necessary, to support them in the best possible way.

As an exercise physiologist, she has experience in:

  • Early intervention (mental health) programs for young adults to manage their physical health and side effects from medication
  • Developing exercise programs to manage chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes and mental health conditions
  • Creating exercise programs for children with development delays to improve physical function and reach developmental milestones

As an Occupational Therapist, Wendy has achieved the following:

  • Conducted upper limb and hand therapy rehabilitation for patients after stroke and for Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Worked with rural public schools to provide motor and behavioural interventions over telehealth services, including handwriting therapy and social skill development
  • Provided assessments and interventions for brain injury rehabilitation patients, including cognitive retraining, NDIS access applications and prescribing adaptive equipment

Wendy works full time across the south-western suburbs of Sydney.

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Wendy Cheng

Occupational Therapist/Exercise Physiologist - Southern and Western Sydney

As both an Occupational Therapist and Exercise Physiologist, Wendy develops...

George Paneras

George Paneras

Position: Senior Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

George has considerable experience treating people with neurological conditions to improve their overall physical function and decrease the risk of secondary medical conditions.

He keeps up-to-date with current exercise prescription for many conditions, including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, acquired brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.

His previous role involved designing structured exercise programs for a range of NDIS clients, based on their individual goals and physical capacity.

He worked with adults, adolescents, and younger children, including a 10-year-old boy with a T12 spinal cord injury.

Over his career, George’s skillset has grown to include expertise in:

  • Evidence-based exercise prescription
  • Exercise prescription for a range of disabilities

George is often involved in managing musculoskeletal injuries to ensure his clients are able to maintain a sufficient amount of function.

He enjoys educating his clients on the importance of exercise and the profound mental benefits it has on wellbeing.

He is passionate about helping people achieve independence in their everyday life, and watching their confidence grow within the community as a result of their participation in his exercise programs.

George works with NDIS participants across western Sydney.

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George Paneras

Senior Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

George has considerable experience treating people with neurological conditions to...

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Jessica Chiappetta

Position: Exercise Physiologist – Southern and Western Sydney

Jessica has over five years of clinical experience as an accredited Exercise Physiologist.

She shows great pride in her client centred approach and has worked across a number of sites with a range of clientele from the NDIS, Medicare, aged care facilities, return to work sectors and in private and community health.

Her broader clinical experience includes:

  • Creating individualised exercise rehabilitation programs aimed towards improving her clients functional and personal goals
  • Clinician Pilates instructor with tailored programs for a number of injuries, Pilates for pregnancy and seniors Pilates
  • Running of a national manual handling program for care workers
  • Team leadership, including leading a team of four Exercise Physiologists across the western Sydney region
  • Coaching children from four years old of all abilities in the sport of netball

 

Jessica Chiappetta

Exercise Physiologist – Southern and Western Sydney

Jessica has over five years of clinical experience as an...

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Trevor Hooper

Position: Exercise Physiologist – Southern and Western Sydney

Trevor is an Exercise Physiologist who has supported clients of many different age groups and fitness levels in improving their health and fitness.

He endeavours to support his clients with a client-centred, evidence-based approach and has worked with a range of different clients across different services, including the NDIS, private health, WorkCover, DVA and Medicare.

His broader clinical experience includes:

  • Planning and creating individualised exercise programs to assist clients in improving their overall health and achieving their goals
  • Assisting injured workers return to work and increasing functional capacity for daily living
  • Educating clients about healthy living, physical activity and strategies to help manage injuries or conditions
  • Working with clients with neurological conditions to increase independence and quality of life
  • Coaching individuals and group fitness classes at a CrossFit gym in South-West Sydney

 

Trevor Hooper

Exercise Physiologist – Southern and Western Sydney

Trevor is an Exercise Physiologist who has supported clients of...

Melissa Coyne

Melissa Coyne

Position: Exercise Physiologist - Western Sydney

Melissa has considerable experience in exercise prescription, rehabilitation from illness and injury, strength and conditioning, and behaviour change strategies.

She has prescribed exercise programs for NDIS participants with a wide range of conditions, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism, and depression and anxiety.

Melissa has experience with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, women’s health, and active ageing, as well as with athletes in pre- and post-injury rehabilitation.

Her diverse set of skills and abilities includes:

  • Initial assessments, such as strength and endurance tests, and functional measures
  • Ongoing exercise prescription and progressive testing to ensure all participants are reaching their health and wellbeing goals
  • Tailoring exercise sessions to different settings, providing gym-based exercise, home- and park-based training, and hydrotherapy services

Working one-on-one and in groups with adults, adolescents and children, Melissa enjoys helping people achieve their goals and get more out of their daily lives in a fun and supportive environment.

A passionate advocate for using exercise as medicine to optimise overall health and fitness, Melissa is excited to be developing exercise routines for NDIS participants across Western Sydney.

Melissa Coyne

Exercise Physiologist - Western Sydney

Melissa has considerable experience in exercise prescription, rehabilitation from illness...

Emma Felsch

Emma Felsch

Position: Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

Emma enjoys empowering people with the knowledge, tools and ability to live more active and independent lives.

Before joining Ability Action Australia, she worked in a private clinic with people of all ages. Her work there included:

  • Delivering programs for children with cerebral palsy, depression and for sport specific skills and motor control
  • Musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation
  • Strength and conditioning training for adults
  • Physical assessments: range of motion, balance, strength

Emma’s previous experience involved occupational rehabilitation for the workers’ compensation sector, completing initial assessments, pre-employment assessments, and ergonomic reviews and set up.

Prior to that as a gym-based exercise trainer, she performed initial exercise assessments, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, general fitness training, and with planning and instructing group fitness classes.

As a student, Emma was involved in aged care assessments, developing and delivering exercise programs, general strength and conditioning, exercise for specific conditions such as osteoporosis and dementia, as well as balance training and functional movements.

She loves helping a person improve their functional capacity and confidence in movement through exercise.

Emma’s favourite quote is: “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

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Emma Felsch

Exercise Physiologist - Sydney

Emma enjoys empowering people with the knowledge, tools and ability...

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Marie-Eve Dostie

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Marie-Eve has extensive experience with paediatric populations and has been working with children for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Montreal in Canada in 2012. She worked for three years in Canada where she developed and implemented an Occupational Therapy department in a multi-disciplinary paediatric clinic, before embarking on her Australian journey. Since arriving in Australia, Marie-Eve has been working in private settings, where she continues to thrive working with children and their families.

Over the years, Marie-Eve has worked with babies, children and adolescents with a wide range of abilities and grew a real passion for helping them and their family overcome daily challenges in their home, school and community environments. Marie-Eve is passionate about developmental challenges, trauma-informed care, sensory integration and play-based therapy.

Marie-Eve has experience navigating NDIS and supporting families to achieve their goals via a holistic, evidence-based and family-centred approach. Her experience includes working with children on the autism spectrum, developmental delays, sensory processing difficulties, developmental coordination disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders amongst others.

Marie-Eve also enjoys supporting her colleagues and Occupational Therapy students by sharing her knowledge and mentoring.

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Marie-Eve Dostie

Senior Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Marie-Eve has extensive experience with paediatric populations and has been...

Emma Virtue

Emma Virtue

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Emma has extensive experience and has worked within the NDIS community in Newcastle for almost seven years. She works across the lifespan (0-65 years old) and absolutely loves working with the infant, paediatric and adult populations.

She has significant training and experience in assisting participants living with cerebral palsy, traumatic and acquired brain injuries, stroke, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and more.

With a strong evidence-based and goal-centred approach to her work, Emma has a great deal of knowledge and passion for the following types of interventions:

  • Complex assistive technology and equipment prescription, including complex seating for children and adults
  • Infant and child development and play-based therapy
  • Bimanual therapy and constraint-induced movement therapy

She has a warm and supportive style of leadership and enjoys encouraging her colleagues and occupational therapy students through supervision and mentoring.

Emma has a passion for ensuring all people are given opportunities to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or ability. She loves building relationships with her participants and families, and supporting them to reach their hopes and dreams.

She is delighted to be part of the team at Ability Action Australia and supports NDIS participants across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Emma Virtue

Senior Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Emma has extensive experience and has worked within the NDIS...

Eilish Medel

Eilish Medel

Position: Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Eilish has worked for several years in the NDIS space and supported participants in a range of ways to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

She has worked with people across the lifespan with varying diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, global developmental delay, mental health conditions and traumatic brain injury.

Eilish is a skilled clinician who can assist participants with the following:

  • Functional Capacity Assessment
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Supported Independent Living Assessment
  • Assistive Technology Assessment and Prescription
  • Equipment prescription

Eilish has helped many people with disability develop their life skills, activities of daily living, social interactions, sensory and emotional regulation and motor abilities. She can confidently conduct a variety of standardised assessments and set client-centred goals.

A firm believer that everyone deserves to receive the support they need to live a normal life, Eilish is a strong advocate for helping people living with disability to strive and live their best life.

A warm and bubbly personality, Eilish supports NDIS participants in Newcastle, the broader Hunter region and the Central Coast.

Eilish Medel

Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Eilish has worked for several years in the NDIS space...

Esther

Esther McKenzie

Position: Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Esther enjoys supporting adults, adolescents, and children with different needs and goals to live happy and fulfilling lives.

She has gained clinical placement experience working in hospital and community settings, performing:

  • Functional assessments
  • Psycho-social assessments
  • One-on-one play therapy with children in early intervention

Esther moved into Occupational Therapy from an advertising and media background in order to apply her strengths in creative problem-solving in an area where she could make a positive difference in the lives of people in need.

She believes we should celebrate everyone’s uniqueness by solving problems and advocating to build a more inclusive and diverse society.

Esther is thrilled to be working with the NDIS community through Ability Action Australia. She works full-time across the Hunter region of NSW.

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Esther McKenzie

Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Esther enjoys supporting adults, adolescents, and children with different needs...

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Ishiela Dalao

Position: Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Ishiela has worked with young and older NDIS participants. She thrives on enriching lives by helping people become more independent and participate in meaningful activities.

She has worked with a range of conditions including younger- and late-onset dementia, schizophrenia, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, stroke with one-sided weakness, and chronic pain.

Recently, Ishiela worked in an aged care setting where she prescribed a range of adaptive equipment – wheelchairs, electric beds, adaptive cutlery and mobility aids – to help residents manage everyday tasks.

She was also responsible for pressure care intervention, hoist and sling prescription, education on manual handling techniques, falls prevention strategies, and mobility reviews and safety after a fall.

Ishiela has completed a range of assessments, including:

  • Functional allied health assessments
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Cornell Scale for Depression

She is thrilled to be joining Ability Action Australia where she will enjoy helping participants lead more fulfilling lives, and building on her knowledge and skills.

Ishiela works full time from Newcastle.

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Ishiela Dalao

Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

Ishiela has worked with young and older NDIS participants. She...

Tyson Bekens

Position: Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Newcastle and Port Macquarie

Tyson has previously worked with clients with musculoskeletal injuries, as well as neurological, psychological, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions.

He has conducted a range of assessments for a variety of age groups, from young children up to elderly patients. These include:

  • Range of motion assessments
  • Strength testing
  • Postural assessments
  • Movement analysis
  • Clinical aerobic testing

Before working as an Exercise Physiologist, Tyson spent two years working on board cruise ships as a fitness/health instructor. His role involved presenting health seminars for guests as well as personal consultations for those that needed specific direction. He also provided group yoga, Pilates and spin classes.

The highlight of this experience was being able to visit so many parts of the world while connecting with many diverse and exciting people.

Tyson finds it immensely rewarding to contribute to the quality of life of NDIS participants.

Tyson Bekens

Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Newcastle and Port Macquarie

Tyson has previously worked with clients with musculoskeletal injuries, as...

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Novia Lui

Position: Occupational Therapist - Tamworth

Novia is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who enjoys helping her clients maintain their daily routines and overcome the barriers that hinder recovery.

Novia has worked in an aged care facility where she worked with clients diagnosed with dementia, schizoaffective disorder and depression, and provided a pain management program. This involved assessing the pain levels of residents using an Abbey Pain Scale and functional assessments. She applied different pain management methods including exercise sessions and TENS electrotherapy.

During her fourth-year placement, Novia worked in a hand therapy outpatient service, where she:

  • Provided individual therapy sessions
  • Built good rapport with her clients
  • Facilitated Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, using repetitive movements to improve upper extremity function in stroke patients.

While at university she had a placement in a mental health clinic, where she worked with people diagnosed with mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

She’s excited to have joined Ability Action Australia and is enjoying the opportunities to work with people from the NDIS community in and around Tamworth.

Novia Lui

Occupational Therapist - Tamworth

Novia is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who enjoys helping her...

Kayley Townsend

Kayley Townsend

Position: Therapy Assistant - Tamworth

Kayley enjoys supporting people who are experiencing disadvantage and helping them to reach their full potential. She also values giving those without a voice a means to speak.

As a student, she completed professional placements in a number of areas of occupational therapy, including:

  • School learning support officer (support class + mainstream)
  • Motor proficiency testing
  • Non-verbal assessments
  • Handwriting assessments

Kayley has experience with various types of disability, including autism spectrum disorder, achondroplasia, sensory processing disorder, and intellectual disability.

Currently completing her final year of study, Kayley works part-time with Ability Action Australia supporting NDIS participants across Tamworth, NSW.

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Kayley Townsend

Therapy Assistant - Tamworth

Kayley enjoys supporting people who are experiencing disadvantage and helping...

Frances

Frances Hyde

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Port Macquarie

In recent years Frances has worked closely with NDIS participants, assisting them to gain entry to the scheme and setting them up in the community with the necessary equipment and supports to enable them to live fulfilling lives. This has involved completion of functional capacity assessments, supported independent living assessments, and assessing clients for appropriate accommodation.

She has spent the last 15 years working as an occupational therapist in acute care settings (hospitals), providing clinical services to adults with physical and cognitive impairments. Frances has a passion for trauma care and worked in a trauma and orthopaedics setting for many years.

Throughout this time she has worked with clients with diverse needs, including: multi-trauma, brain injury, amputees, stroke, degenerative conditions, and those requiring hospital at home set-ups.

Frances has many specialised skills, including:

  • Assistive technology assessment and prescription (hoists, hospital beds, mattresses, mobile commodes, manual wheelchairs)
  • Functional assessment and ADL retraining
  • Home assessment and home modifications
  • Pressure injury prevention and management

She believes that everyone has the right to live their life with meaning and purpose, and feels privileged to be able to assist people with a disability to achieve this. Her goal is to assist her clients to live happy, healthy lives as independently as possible.

Frances supports NDIS participants across Port Macquarie.

Frances Hyde

Senior Occupational Therapist - Port Macquarie

In recent years Frances has worked closely with NDIS participants,...

Bree McGrady

Position: Therapy Assistant - Port Macquarie

Bree has worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant under the NDIS since June 2020, completing functional capacity assessments, home modifications and assistive technology trials/prescriptions.

She recently completed her final practical placement with Ability Action Australia from our Newcastle clinic, where she demonstrated clinical excellence while performing the following activities:

  • Paediatric assessments, goal setting, developing and implementing therapy plans
  • Building rapport with participants and their support network
  • Using a play-based approach to make therapy fun

Bree also undertook previous practical university placements in both hospital and private settings, including two seven- and eight-week placements supporting NDIS clients of all ages.

She also has experience as a Support Worker, assisting people in the NDIS to build life skills and increase community participation.

Bree loves working alongside people to increase their independence and achieve their goals. She finds it “beyond rewarding” to watch her clients build their physical and mental wellbeing while working towards the life they want to live, all on their own terms.

Based in Port Macquarie, Bree has further training in first aid, CPR, basic emergency life support, and mental health first aid, and assists our Occupational Therapists throughout the Mid North Coast region.

Bree McGrady

Therapy Assistant - Port Macquarie

Bree has worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant under the...

Madyson Cox

Position: Therapy Assistant - Port Macquarie

Madyson loves being involved in increasing a person’s independence to help them do things that are meaningful and increase their wellbeing.

Having nearly completed her university studies, she has been involved in many practical fieldwork placements across a variety of settings, where she has been able to integrate her occupational therapy knowledge and skills in a practice environment.

These placements include:

  • Hospital settings, gaining experience in stroke, cardiac, renal, rehabilitation, acute, surgical and medical wards
  • Not-for-profit paediatric clinic, working with children of all ages within the NDIS and completing sensory, fine and gross motor, emotional regulation, visual motor and coordination assessments and interventions
  • Community, aged population and paediatrics, completing home modifications, adaptive technology recommendations, and wheelchair and pressure care assessments

During her placements, she worked with children with the following diagnoses: autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, achondroplasia, sensory processing disorder, chromosomal disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Madyson has also assisted individuals with rehabilitation and activities of daily living after motor vehicle accidents, and presented manual handling training to groups.

Madyson Cox

Therapy Assistant - Port Macquarie

Madyson loves being involved in increasing a person’s independence to...

Monica Biondi

Monica Biondi

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Brisbane

Monica is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and highly organised leader and clinician.

Having worked in the NDIS space for the past two years, Monica enjoys supporting participants who live with physical or psychosocial disability.

She has experience in:

  • Functional capacity assessments
  • Minor and major home modifications
  • Housing assessments (Supported independent Living and Supported Disability Accommodation)
  • Basic and complex assistive technology prescription
  • Developing daily living skills

Monica is passionate about improving an individual’s quality of life and boosting their participation in daily activities through occupational practice and performance.

She has experience in a range of clinical practice areas, including the NDIS, generalised community, aged care, occupational rehabilitation, community paediatrics, in-patient brain injury rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation and acute orthopaedics.

Monica loves to see the way small changes can have a huge impact on a person’s life. She supports NDIS participants of all ages across Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

Monica Biondi

Senior Occupational Therapist - Brisbane

Monica is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and highly organised leader and...

Rachel

Rachel Ownsworth

Position: Occupational Therapist – Brisbane

As an Occupational Therapist with more than three years of experience, Rachel has worked across a variety of therapeutic settings assisting both children and adults to get more out of life.

She enjoys working collaboratively and overcoming barriers so that individuals can have a positive NDIS experience.

Rachel has specific experience working with amputees, individuals with neurological disorders and people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

She is experienced in:

  • Minor and major home modifications
  • Building self-help and social skills
  • Assisting with sensory processing difficulties
  • Prescribing aids and equipment
  • Completing seating and positioning assessments

Rachel is particularly enthusiastic about equipment prescription and seating and positioning to maximise independence in all environments and promote engagement in activities of daily living.

 

Rachel Ownsworth

Occupational Therapist – Brisbane

As an Occupational Therapist with more than three years of...

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