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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.

 

Alison McIlveen

Alison McIlveen

Position: National Operations Manager

Alison has been an Occupational Therapist for close to 15 years, working in various clinical and managerial positions within and outside the MedHealth group (the parent company of Ability Action Australia).

Alison works closely with other key leaders within Ability Action Australia to ensure services to NDIS participants are appropriate and of the highest possible standard.

Her broader experience includes:

  • Managing rehabilitation and health services for specific populations, including Veterans and individuals with significant health and wellbeing challenges
  • Developing systems and frameworks to deliver nationally consistent services that align with relevant standards and legislation
  • Leading projects and initiatives that drive improved standards of practice for individuals experiencing barriers to their health and wellbeing
  • Managing teams and mentoring others in their allied health career development
  • Delivering client-centred and best practice evidence-based care to individuals with a myriad of health conditions and impairments

 

Alison McIlveen

National Operations Manager

Alison has been an Occupational Therapist for close to 15...

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Dean Sardellis

Position: Business and Strategy Manager

Dean is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years professional experience within industry and public practice.

He has vast experience in business partnering from undertaking the annual budget, through to monthly analysis and recommendations.

He has been responsible for developing and managing streamlined support processes and is a champion of change management where he has created cultures of high performance and service excellence.

Dean has seen first-hand how difficult it can be for participants to successfully navigate the NDIS through his son John. This has ignited his passion and motivation for supporting people with disability.

Dean is a highly driven and energetic professional who believes in a person-centred approach to the NDIS which encourages the individual to make their own choices.

He is passionate about supporting all participants and their families to ‘get more out of life today.’

 

Dean Sardellis

Business and Strategy Manager

Dean is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years professional...

Ramona Odejayi

Ramona Odejayi

Position: Occupational Therapy Manager

Ramona has been an Occupational Therapist for 12 years working in the disability, education and occupational rehabilitation sectors.

She has a keen interest in seeing Occupational Therapists thrive as practitioners to provide a quality service that improves the lives of people living with a disability.

Her broader experience includes:

  • Clinical leadership and quality improvement of therapy services ensuring clinical excellence
  • Development and implementation of clinical procedures and practices
  • Training and mentoring of Occupational Therapists to develop professional skills
  • Capacity building of teachers through workshops and educational programme development to support students with learning difficulties in the classroom
  • Developmental therapy to children and adolescents with Autism, developmental delay, sensory processing difficulties and trauma
  • Adult skills development at home and the workplace
  • Group therapy to children and adults in the areas of school readiness, self-care and leisure activities
  • Prescription of complex seating and mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters, beds and mattresses, commode chairs and car seats

 

Ramona Odejayi

Occupational Therapy Manager

Ramona has been an Occupational Therapist for 12 years working...

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Melissa Butler

Position: Business Development Manager

Melissa is a highly experienced manager with almost nine years’ experience in operational management and customer relations, supporting staff throughout their career as Allied Health Professionals within the MedHealth group (the parent company of Ability Action Australia).

She adopts a family-centric approach and has worked with individuals of all backgrounds.

Her broader experience includes:

  • Developing new and maintaining existing relationships with all stakeholders
  • Leading Allied Health Professionals throughout all stages of their career
  • Managing budgeting and resourcing
  • Providing one-on-one support to various business stakeholders
  • Supporting Allied Health Professionals through their continuing professional development
  • Attending and running community-based training sessions

 

Melissa Butler

Business Development Manager

Melissa is a highly experienced manager with almost nine years’...

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Vicky Petropoulos

Position: National Relationship Manager

Vicky’s responsible for building strong customer relationships and partnerships throughout Australia, and supporting NDIS participants to get more out of life today.

She’s always been passionate about making a positive impact. Vicky believes the great thing about supporting people in the NDIS is that it’s all about choice – understanding the needs of an individual and what they want and helping turn that into a reality for them.

Before joining Ability Action Australia she worked with mlcoa for seven years, firstly as the General Manager for NSW, and then as the National Account Manager.

Vicky’s achievements include:

  • Developing mlcoa’s overarching account framework and overseeing and managing key national customers
  • Delivering a strategic and sustainable approach to account management, partnerships and business growth

Before joining the medico-legal space, she began her career as a case manager in the workplace rehabilitation provider sector, supporting clients in their safe return to work and assisting insurers and employers to mitigate risk in their workplaces.

Vicky then worked as team leader, training and supporting other staff, before moving into branch, state and general manager positions where she managed the operations, led the strategic direction and enabled business growth.

She’s excited to be working for a responsive, respectful, empowering provider service that connects participants to support.

Vicky Petropoulos

National Relationship Manager

Vicky’s responsible for building strong customer relationships and partnerships throughout...

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Kevin Parker

Position: National Concierge Manager

As National Concierge Manager, Kevin is committed to making the ideal match between the participants we support and the therapists who provide the services they need.

With more than a decade of team leading experience, Kevin is passionate about customer service, continuous improvement and serving every single participant with professionalism and respect.

He and his team take lots of things into consideration when matching participants and their families, such as location and availability, experience, skills, and areas of specialty. They also consider more personal factors like favourite sports, common interests, hobbies and community connections.

Kevin is aware that it’s often the little things that help build rapport and engagement and make all the difference as we support participants to live a better life today.

He loves having a job that makes a positive, meaningful impact on communities around Australia by helping to empower NDIS participants to take more control over their own lives.

Kevin Parker

National Concierge Manager

As National Concierge Manager, Kevin is committed to making the...

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Rachel Ownsworth

Position: Occupational Therapist – Sydney

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 – Sydney

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

Rashmika Athavle

Position: Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Rashmika finds Occupational Therapy a meaningful and rewarding career. Her job brings satisfaction and purpose, especially when she sees her clients able to do things they previously weren’t able to do.

She has experience working within the NDIS sector, helping clients of all ages to make the most out of life. Rashmika has supported children, adolescents and adults and their families transition to the NDIS as well as complete their NDIS reviews.

She’s worked closely with people with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Acquired brain injury

Rashmika enjoys forming long-term professional relationships with her clients, helping them to succeed in everyday activities, reach for their everyday goals and jointly celebrate their achievements.

Based in Sydney and working throughout the western Sydney region, Rashmika is delighted to be on board at Ability Action Australia.

Rashmika Athavle

Occupational Therapist - Sydney

Rashmika finds Occupational Therapy a meaningful and rewarding career. Her...

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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...

Simone Tadros

Simone Tadros

Position: Occupational Therapist – Southern and Western Sydney

Simone is an Occupational Therapist who has developed practical skills across many clinical areas through practical placements in various hospitals and private clinics.

Her experience includes acute aged care, NDIS in the community and acute cardiac and respiratory settings. Simone implemented best practice based on current evidence and worked closely with multi-disciplinary teams to provide holistic care to patients and participants of all ages which she continues to strive towards.

While studying, Simone pursued her interests in Occupational Therapy outside of university where she worked in private occupational rehabilitation clinics supporting injured workers return to their pre-injury role.

Simone is an active learner and a dedicated allied health professional, who brings energy and enthusiasm to her role. This is reflective in the efficient and effective services she aims to provide to all her participants.

 

Simone Tadros

Occupational Therapist – Southern and Western Sydney

Simone is an Occupational Therapist who has developed practical skills...

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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...

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Hayley Kopko

Position: Occupational Therapist – Newcastle

Hayley is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in occupational health for three years.

Hayley began studying as a mature aged student as she wanted to enable and empower people to live their best lives. During her studies, Hayley worked closely with individuals of all ages, and had specific experience within an inpatient mental health setting for older adults.

Her experience also covered falls prevention, stroke and neurodegenerative rehabilitation in an outpatient setting, and in her final year she worked with clients that required various rehabilitation needs within an inpatient setting.

These experiences are the driving force behind Hayley’s interest in working with individuals within the NDIS community.

She has an outgoing and empathetic personality that enables her to easily build rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds. She also understands the importance of family and is a devoted mother to two teenage boys.

As part of the Ability Action Australia team, Hayley is eager to continue to build her knowledge and experience as an Occupational Therapist while working collaboratively with individuals within the NDIS community.

 

Hayley Kopko

Occupational Therapist – Newcastle

Hayley is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in occupational...

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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.

Marie-Eve Dostie

Senior Occupational Therapist - Newcastle

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

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...

Alana

Alana Johnstone

Position: Exercise Physiologist - Tamworth

Alana finds Exercise Physiology a truly rewarding career. She’s able to help people and see the amazing benefits of exercise on a person’s health and wellbeing.

She has experience working with people with disability, including cerebral palsy and Friedriech’s Ataxia, and has provided both hydrotherapy and exercise-based interventions.

Her roles as an Exercise Physiologist and an Allied Health Assistant at a physiotherapy clinic in Bendigo showed Alana the major improvements exercise can have on a person’s quality of life and self-worth.

Alana’s broader skills and experiences include:

  • Strength and conditioning internship with the Carlton Football Club
  • Hosting water aerobic classes including pre- and post-natal classes
  • Delivery of evidence-based exercise interventions aimed at achieving client-specific goals and improving quality of life
  • Delivery of home- and class-based exercise interventions
  • Delivery of falls prevention exercise interventions

Alana is thrilled to be continuing her career with Ability Action Australia, working with the NDIS community. She is based in Tamworth, NSW.

Alana Johnstone

Exercise Physiologist - Tamworth

Alana finds Exercise Physiology a truly rewarding career. She’s able...

Leah Griffin

Leah Griffin

Position: Occupational Therapist - Brisbane

Leah is an Occupational Therapist who works collaboratively to positively contribute to client outcomes and ensure client goals are achieved.

She has worked closely with a variety of individuals in health and occupational rehabilitation. In particular, Leah thoroughly enjoyed her time within an adult inpatient brain rehabilitation unit, where she utilised the NDIS to assist with future planning for client needs.

Leah’s experience includes:

  • Management of psychological and physical cases
  • Initial assessments
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) assessments
  • Ergonomic desk and car assessments
  • Goal setting
  • Preparing and conducting both individual and group therapy sessions aimed at improving and maintaining function
  • Collaborating and negotiating with multidisciplinary teams regarding future planning and client progress
  • Attending medical case conferencing
  • Worksite assessments and reviews
  • Return to work programs and job search skills training and preparation for career transition and job seeking assistance

Leah Griffin

Occupational Therapist - Brisbane

Leah is an Occupational Therapist who works collaboratively to positively...

Sarah Burt

Sarah Burt

Position: Occupational Therapist - Townsville

Sarah has worked in health and rehabilitation services for seven years. She takes a supportive approach when working with clients, and seeks to harness their unique beliefs, perceptions and other influences along their health, recovery and life journey.

Sarah is passionate about meaningful engagement, motivating clients to identify their interests and goals so that programs can be tailored to the individual and ultimately provide them with a sense of ownership of the process. Sarah understands that each client has varied support networks including families and treating practitioners so seeks to ensure the process is inclusive. Sarah has completed Professional Practice Placements in Orthopaedic and in- and outpatient clinics, Neurology outpatients, Community Mental Health and Dementia Care.

Sarah is highly experienced in:

  • Activities of Daily Living Assessments including home modifications and assistive technology/equipment prescription
  • Liaising with external parties for funding requests, services provisions and supply of items
  • Completing Mental health assessments
  • Conducting Initial Assessments in the home environment
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, including external parties and families to develop implement intervention plans

Rehabilitation Assessments including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Workplace/Workstation Evaluations.

Sarah Burt

Occupational Therapist - Townsville

Sarah has worked in health and rehabilitation services for seven...

Tranter Keyes

Tranter Keyes

Position: Occupational Therapist - Mackay

Tranter has four years of experience in Vocational Rehabilitation, Biomechanical Upper Limb/Hand Therapy, Community Mental Health, Pain Management and Paediatric Gap Services (developmental training).
He also has experience in the private hospital setting in the rehabilitation ward. This included rehabilitation activities for patient’s recently discharged from surgery and facilitating their recovery and safe return home.

Tranter is highly experienced in:

  • Activities of Daily Living Assessments including home modifications and assistive technology/equipment prescription
  • Modified Barthel Index Assessment
  • Hospital Assessments including shower, toileting, history taking and discharge planning
  • Falls prevention
  • Mental Health Assessments including Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21), Kessler 10 and Mini Mental State Examinations
  • Rehabilitation Assessments including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Workplace/Workstation Evaluations

Tranter Keyes

Occupational Therapist - Mackay

Tranter has four years of experience in Vocational Rehabilitation, Biomechanical...

Melissa Dougan

Position: Occupational Therapist - Mackay

Mel has primarily worked as a community-based therapist, servicing clients of all ages under the NDIS.

She loves supporting people with disability and making a difference to their lives.

During her career, Melissa’s main roles have involved completing functional needs assessments, complex home modifications, assistive technology (including complex seating, commodes, wheelchairs, powered mobility devices and bed and mattress prescription), vehicle modifications, specialist disability accommodation reports and providing ongoing therapies to build capacity.

She’s worked with people of all ages, including in paediatrics, with:

  • Intellectual impairments
  • Progressive neurological conditions
  • Mental health
  • Acquired brain injuries

Mel is thrilled to be on board with Ability Action Australia, working with the NDIS community in and around Mackay, in Queensland.

Melissa Dougan

Occupational Therapist - Mackay

Mel has primarily worked as a community-based therapist, servicing clients...

Jordan

Jordan King

Position: Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Jordan is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than three years’ experience. She has clinical experience in acute, subacute and community psychiatry, and has worked within specialty units for individuals with eating disorders and a unit supporting perinatal and infant health. Jordan also has experience supporting injured workers return to employment following injury or illness and supporting individuals access the NDIS.

Prior to completing her master’s degree, Jordan was a Behavioural Interventionist, providing support to children and families who live with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jordan’s broader skills and experience includes:

  • Capacity building in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical domains of a person’s life
  • Conducting, analysing, interpreting and documenting a wide array of Occupational Therapy assessments:
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
  • Activities of Daily Living Assessments
  • Workstation Assessments
  • Initial Assessment meetings within the home
  • Home Modifications and aids and equipment prescription
  • Sensory Profiles
  • Falls prevention
  • Mental health assessments

 

Jordan King

Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Jordan is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than...

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Rebecca Cowen

Position: Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Rebecca is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the past five years. In particular, Rebecca has worked with children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, completed community home assessments with chronic and acute populations, and assisted adults to achieve return to work goals following injury or illness. Rebecca adopts a can-do approach and has demonstrated an ability to overcome barriers in collaborative environments, by providing pragmatic problem-solving strategies.

Rebecca’s broader skills and experience includes:

  • Organising and facilitating early intervention assessments to assess physical and psychological barriers and identify goals and objectives
  • Provision of home and workplace modifications including prescription of assistive equipment such as grab-rails, and recommendations to foster accessibility according to best practice and Australian standards
  • Provision of one-on-one proactive Health Coaching to individuals experiencing physical and/or psychological symptomology with proven results
  • Administration of assessments collaboratively with multidisciplinary team and external agencies, including Treater Case Conferences with families
  • Independent correspondence with external funding agencies, initiation of equipment/ funding applications

 

Rebecca Cowen

Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Rebecca is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked in...

Nadine Toic

Nadine Toic

Position: Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Nadine is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than three years of experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings. She has clinical experience within acute hospital settings, including within the General Medical, Neurosurgical and Oncology wards to support safe discharge planning. Nadine has also completed volunteering at specialist needs schools with children of primary school age and working within a disability support facility for adults to provide Occupational Therapy services. Nadine has also supported injured workers return to employment following injury or illness.

Nadine’s broader skills and experience includes:

  • Supporting individuals access the NDIS
  • Conducting, analysing, interpreting and documenting a wide array of Occupational Therapy assessments including:
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
  • Activities of Daily Living Assessments
  • Workstation Assessments
  • Initial Assessment meetings within the home
  • Home Modifications
  • Aids and equipment Prescription
  • Sensory Profiles
  • Falls prevention
  • Variety of mental health assessments

 

Nadine Toic

Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Nadine is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than...

Deb Akindola

Deb Akindola

Position: Physiotherapist - Melbourne

Deb is a Physiotherapist with more than three years of clinical experience. During this time Deb was in Private Practice working collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals, whether related to return to work, sport or other meaningful activity. Deb also spent some time in Aged Care, where she assisted residents with pain management and to maintain their physical function.

Deb also has experience supporting injured workers to return to employment following injury or illness.

Deb’s broader skills and experience include:

  • Assessment of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions with a range of
  • Physiotherapy interventions including exercise, manual therapy and taping
  • Providing tailored exercise programs to clients to assist them to achieve their functional goals
  • Running small- group Clinical Pilates classes
  • Conducting health coaching to address psychosocial barriers related to injury

Deb also speaks Yoruba as a second language.

Deb Akindola

Physiotherapist - Melbourne

Deb is a Physiotherapist with more than three years of...

Kirsti van der Vlugt

Kirsti van der Vlugt

Position: Occupational Therapist – South Australia

Kirsti has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including rehabilitation. She has experience in the treatment of adults with orthopaedic, neurological and spinal cord injury related impairments. She has a special interest in assessment and functional capacity evaluation and her research has looked into measuring performance and abilities in the field of community mobility.

Kirsti’s broader skills and experience include:

  • Conducting and evaluating activities of daily living, workstations, community mobility, functional capacity, performance components and falls risk assessments.
  • Providing individual and group treatment sessions using Neurorehabilitative techniques, Hydrotherapy, Music Therapy and Cognitive Rehabilitation.
  • Home and work-based modifications and assistive device and equipment prescription.
  • Pain management and interventions.
  • Liaising with health teams, agencies and external parties.

Kirsti is a dedicated Occupational Therapist who brings empathy and enthusiasm to her role.

 

Kirsti van der Vlugt

Occupational Therapist – South Australia

Kirsti has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including...

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams

Position: Exercise Physiologist – Melbourne

Joshua has more than three years of experience in clinical settings, including hospitals, community health and private practice. He has worked with a wide variety of clientele, including those experiencing a range of Musculoskeletal and Neurological conditions from teenagers through to older adults. Joshua also has experience supporting injured workers return to employment following injury or illness.

As part of Joshua’s previous role in private practice, he provided weekly exercise services to groups of children and teenagers who live with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder as part of their school PE programs.

Joshua’s broader skills and experience includes:

  • Exercise specific screening, assessment, collaborative goal setting, and client centred intervention(s) and service evaluation across a variety of difference settings
  • Delivery of tailored exercise interventions aimed at building a client’s functional, domestic, work and leisure capacity
  • Delivery of individual and group-based exercise services
  • Use of health-coaching and education to assist in supporting clients to address potential barriers and best manage their injuries or conditions
  • Conducting work and home-based workstation assessments
  • Delivery of manual handling training to large organisations, aimed at equipping staff with skills/knowledge to assist them to address personal injury risk factors

 

Joshua Adams

Exercise Physiologist – Melbourne

Joshua has more than three years of experience in clinical...

Karla

Karla Sooknandan

Position: Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Karla is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than three years’ experience. She has worked with individuals and families to provide a high level of service and care conducting various assessments including, but not limited to:

  • Independent undertaking and documentation of Activities of Daily Living Assessments; Workstation, Ergonomic and Vehicle Assessments; Initial Assessment meetings within the home and Home Modifications and Equipment Prescription
  • Leading of initial assessments, goal setting and implementation of individualised client treatment plans across a varied caseload
  • Home assessments, guiding recommendations for implementation of intervention and assistive equipment
  • Administration of assessments collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and external agencies, including Treater Case Conferences with families
  • Independent correspondence with external funding agencies, initiation of equipment/ funding applications
  • Client referrals to external agencies and services
  • Development of supervision meeting agenda for weekly supervision session
  • Active participant in interdisciplinary simulated professional workshops

 

Karla Sooknandan

Occupational Therapist – Melbourne

Karla is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than...

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Jacqueline Boyd

Position: Occupational Therapist - Melbourne

Jacqueline is an enthusiastic and committed Occupational Therapist.

For the past year she’s found a passion working in the community to assist participants under the NDIS scheme.

Jacqueline’s worked with both children and adults to achieve their individual goals. The range of conditions she has experience with include mental health disorders such as eating disorders, sensory processing disorders, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, amputations, cognitive impairments, acquired brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Since graduating, Jacqueline has worked across a variety of clinical settings including the aged care sector and in occupational rehabilitation to support injured workers returning to employment following injury or illness.

Jacqueline’s skills and experience include:

  • Providing education to clients and families
  • Experience documenting a wide array of assessments including:
  • Functional assessments
  • Activities of daily living assessments
  • Workstation assessments
  • Home modifications
  • Assistive technology aids and equipment prescription
  • Falls prevention

She’s excited to be continuing her career with Ability Action Australia, connecting NDIS participants with support in and around Melbourne.

Jacqueline Boyd

Occupational Therapist - Melbourne

Jacqueline is an enthusiastic and committed Occupational Therapist. For the...

Chrissy Taylor

Chrissy Taylor

Position: Occupational Therapist - Mildura

Chrissy is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than three years’ experience in a health and rehabilitation setting.

Chrissy has clinical experience working within community Occupational Therapy, particularly in completing Functional Capacity Evaluations (for clients with physical conditions), and Home and Activities of Daily Living Assessments for clients with a range of physical and psychological conditions. Chrissy also has experience supporting clients return to employment following injury or illness.

Chrissy is a passionate clinician who strives to work in partnership with the clients by enabling, advocating, supporting and encouraging those that she works with to achieve the life goals most important to them.

Chrissy’s broader skills and experience include but are not limited to the following:

  • OT specific screening, assessment, collaborative goal setting, and client centred intervention(s) and service evaluation
  • Capacity building in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical domains of a person’s life
  • Providing education to clients and families

Chrissy Taylor

Occupational Therapist - Mildura

Chrissy is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with more than...

Sarah Fitzgerald

Sarah Fitzgerald

Position: Exercise Physiologist - Mildura

Sarah is a highly experienced Exercise Physiologist. She has clinical experience working within spinal and brain injury support for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, including providing hydrotherapy and exercise-based interventions. Sarah has also supporting injured workers return to employment following injury or illness.

Prior to completing her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Sarah was a Dispensary Technician and Pharmacy Assistant who provided support to communities (and their families) who live with a number of chronic illnesses.

Sarah is a passionate clinician who strives to work in partnership with the clients by enabling, advocating, supporting and encouraging those that she works with to achieve the life goals most important to them.

Sarah’s broader skills and experience includes:

  • Individualised and group-based exercise interventions
  • Home and class-based exercise interventions
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Safe manual handling education and training
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Falls prevention
  • Mental health assessments

Sarah Fitzgerald

Exercise Physiologist - Mildura

Sarah is a highly experienced Exercise Physiologist. She has clinical...

Prarthana Manawadu

Prarthana Manawadu

Position: Occupational Therapist - Gippsland

Prarthana has worked as an Occupational Therapist across the Gippsland region of Victoria for nearly two years.

As a student Prarthana worked in disability support, helping children and young adults engage in meaningful everyday activities such as leisure pursuits and arts and crafts. She also supported her clients to participate within the community.

Since then, Prarthana’s experiences include working with a diverse range of clients with a variety of physical and psychological conditions. She has worked within the community, completing assessments to support her adult clients achieve their goals and take part safely in everyday activities.

Prarthana enjoys helping her clients achieve their goals and perform tasks in a variety of ways. She identifies suitable supports and modifications and prescribes assistive technology to enhance independence. Home modifications and providing education of adaptive techniques are further tools she uses to help her clients reach their potential.

Prarthana is focused on supporting her clients to build physical, cognitive and affective capacity so they are able to engage in meaningful self-care, and productive and leisure occupations.

She is excited about her future as an Occupational Therapist with Ability Action Australia, working within the NDIS community.

Prarthana Manawadu

Occupational Therapist - Gippsland

Prarthana has worked as an Occupational Therapist across the Gippsland...

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