I have been working in the area of neurological injury with adults, adolescents and children as an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Case Manager since I graduated from Sydney University in 1995.
I was initially employed by Westmead Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services in their Transitional Living Unit where I provided occupational therapy and case management services to people transitioning back into independent community living. I then lived in Canada for 6 years where I worked with a range of community-based services offering both occupational therapy intervention and case management services for people with complex injuries and acquired brain injury. Of special note, I provided consultation and assessment to a Behavioural Rehabilitation Unit in the Ottawa Rehab Centre as well as driving evaluation and remediation. I then joined a community based occupational therapy service who specialised in cognitive rehabilitation and assisted them in establishing their driving rehabilitation services.
I moved back to Australia in 2004 and commenced working with Access Brain Injury Services. I have remained working as a Case Manager and Occupational Therapist in the brain injury sector since joining ACCESS; dealing with a range of complex issues regarding cognitive, psychosocial and community functioning. Areas of expertise and interest include Care Needs Assessments including the PCANS-2 Paediatric Assessment; cognitive retraining programs including study skills assistance, Attention Process Training, and community reintegration.
I am an accredited FIM and WeeFIM Assessor and a registered Driver Rehab Assessor. Due to my extensive experience with cognitive and behavioural therapy and community integration, my case load with ACCESS tends to be clients who have significant cognitive and psychosocial challenges. I have worked with a variety of funding bodies, rehabilitation providers, community services and family dynamics during my employment history.