Ability Action Australia

NDIS Therapeutic Supports Provider

We’re a dedicated team of highly qualified allied health professionals, behavioural support practitioners and employment advisors. We’re local people, on the ground in your community, delivering 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.

 

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,...

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 physiotherapist Sydney

Alex Bush

Position: Team Leader / 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

Team Leader / Senior Physiotherapist - Sydney

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

Chloe

Chloe Lockie

Position: Team Leader / Senior Occupational Therapist - Parramatta

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 - Parramatta

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

Sophie

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...

Maria Ventouris occupational therapist Sydney

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...

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Madeline Spinelli

Position: Senior Occupational Therapist - Western Sydney

Madeline has over four years’ experience working within the NDIS sector, specialising in assistive technology and home modifications. She is passionate about facilitating clients to increase their independence throughout their daily lives.

Over those four years, Madeline was working with participants and their families to support a range of complex and diverse physical and development disability. Through this she has gained considerable expertise in:

  • Equipment prescription including complex seating
  • Manual handling
  • Assistive technology assessments such as wheelchairs and transfer equipment
  • Minor and major home modification assessments
  • Pressure care
  • ADL and IADL development
  • Gross motor skills and sensory processing

Madeline is excited to be working with Ability Action Australia and assisting people to increase their independence. She loves working holistically to support individuals throughout all areas of their lives to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.

 

Madeline Spinelli

Senior Occupational Therapist - Western Sydney

Madeline has over four years’ experience working within the NDIS...

Shiarna Tarasenko occupational therapy assistant Sydney

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 occupational therapy assistant Sydney

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...

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