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Melody Brown 

Occupational Therapist – Lymphoedema and Vascular

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)
  • Basic and Advanced Lymphoedema Trained Therapist
  • Registered Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) provider
  • Member Australasian Lymphology Association(ALA)
  • Registered on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
  • Member OT Australia
  • Researcher – currently nearing completion of HRD in lymphoedema

Melody has 23 years of experience in Occupational Therapy.  She is currently undertaking a Higher Research Degree at the University of Queensland involving work with lymphoedema in the area of metastatic melanoma and is expected to complete this degree in 2017.  She has been treating lymphoedema and vascular conditions for 11 years, including management of scar and oedema post operatively.  She has training in the use of bio-impedance, kinesiotaping, general wound care, and other oedema management techniques and of course, generalist occupational therapy skills. She works with individuals and their families to achieve optimal health outcomes and encourages clients to play an active role in their health management.  She is an active member of the NLPR and is involved with the organising committee of the 2018 Australasian Lymphology Association.

She can provide the following services:

  • Comprehensive assessment of clients with lymphoedema or vascular conditions
  • Treatment, support and ongoing management of lymphoedema/vascular conditions
  • Assessment, prescription, fitting and advice regarding compression garments (custom and off the shelf) for lymphoedema, vascular, travel, pregnancy and post DVT
  • Management of muscle flaps and skin grafts
  • Advice and education post-surgery/trauma, working closely with surgeons

Melody is passionate about her work in these areas and is involved in research, external organisations and attends regular professional development to maintain a high level of skill and knowledge in lymphoedema/vascular areas.

 

Rebecca Christensen 

Occupational Therapist—Lymphoedema and Vascular

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)
  • Basic and Advanced Lymphoedema Trained Therapist
  • Registered Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) provider
  • Member Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)
  • Registered on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
  • Member Wounds Australia
  • Member OT Australia

Rebecca has over 10 years of working across a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient and community.  She has developed a passion for working with patients and their families to assist management their oedema.

She has developed a specialist interest in the following areas:

  • Lymphoedema assessment, treatment, education and ongoing symptom management
  • Assessment, prescription, fitting and advice  regarding compression garments (custom and off the shelf) for lymphoedema, vascular, travel and pregnancy
  • Vascular care- ulcer management and care, post DVT, varicose veins, chronic and complex conditions
  • Management of muscle flaps and skin grafts
  • Palliative oedema management

She is a member of a variety of professional associations allowing her access to emerging evidence and clinical skills. She works closely with medical teams to provide highly skilled care for challenging conditions.

 

Ann Edwards

Occupational Therapist—Arthritis

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Grad Cert Public Administration,  Master Business Administration
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)
  • Member OT Australia

As an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience in Australia and England, Ann has a depth and breadth of skill and understanding of the potential impact of arthritic conditions on everyday life.

She is able to provide the following:

  • Education including joint protection strategies
  • Splinting including fabrication of custom made thermoplastic splints and fitting of functional or off the shelf varieties
  • Assessments and interventions to optimise function and promote increased occupational performance in daily life

As well as specifically indicated interventions, Ann is particularly interested in working with people to facilitate their ongoing self- management of their condition optimising occupational performance and quality of life.

 

Danielle Heinemann

Occupational Therapist - Hands

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)
  • Associate Member Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Qld Hand Therapy Network Secretary

Danielle has clinical experience in providing assessments and interventions for people with hand and upper limb conditions. Prior to working in hand injury management, she has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of adult settings including general medical, neurology, orthopaedics, surgical, and emergency.  Danielle is able to provide the following services:

  • Splinting including fabrication of custom made thermoplastic splints and fitting of functional or off the shelf varieties
  • Scar management
  • Oedema management
  • Functional assessments, retraining and development of home programs for enhanced fine motor skills, strength and development of in hand manipulation skills
  • Surgical and trauma related hand injuries

Danielle is also trained in mobilisation splinting and manual oedema mobilisation for sub-acute upper limb oedema. She enjoys researching innovative and evidence based techniques to ensure her patients receive the most up-to-date care.

 

Ann Hyatt 

Occupational Therapist—Lymphoedema and Vascular

  • Diploma of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)
  • Basic, Advanced and Palliative care Lymphoedema Trained therapist
  • Registered Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) provider
  • Member Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)
  • Registered on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
  • Member OT Australia

Ann has extensive clinical experience working as an occupational therapist in acute hospital settings. Over the past 17 years she has specialised in the areas of cancer and palliative care with an emphasis on functional independence and improving quality of life.

She is able to provide:

  • Comprehensive assessment of clients with lymphoedema or vascular conditions
  • Treatment, support and ongoing management of lymphoedema/vascular conditions
  • Assessment, prescription, fitting and advice  regarding compression garments (custom and off the shelf) for lymphoedema, vascular, travel, post DVT and pregnancy
  • Palliative oedema management

She has a special interest in the management of oedema in the palliative patient and is passionate about improving quality of life for this patient group. She is currently involved in research activities to improve patient care.

 

Raymond Kopeshke 

Occupational Therapist— Neurology

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy Honours Class 1A
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)

Raymond has 13 years of clinical experience and provides assessment and intervention to patients with neurosurgical, stroke or various neurology conditions. He is the senior Occupational Therapist for the Neurosciences clinical specialty.

Services that Raymond can provide include:

  • Cognitive assessment and rehabilitation (Cognitive Assessment of Minnesota and Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test)
  • Visual and perceptual assessment and retraining
  • Upper limb neurological rehabilitation
  • Functional assessment and retraining

The above services are provided with the aim to optimise a patient’s independence and engagement in everyday activities that are meaningful and purposeful to them. Patient and family/carer education, as well as home programs can also be provided in most instances to aid recovery or monitoring of the condition.

 

Debbie Lacey 

Occupational Therapist— Psychosocial

  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)
  • Better Access to Mental Health Care registered provider
  • Core Essentials Graduate, CoachU
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Therapist
  • Member OT Australia

Debbie graduated from Brunel University, London in 1995. Since then she has had 22 years’ experience working in a variety of mental health settings and providing stress management interventions in both inpatient/outpatient Oncology settings at the Mater Health Services.

She has expertise in the following areas:

  • Stress and anxiety management, with a particular interest in relaxation and mindfulness based cognitive therapy
  • Symptom management during cancer treatment, for example symptoms of fatigue and insomnia
  • Supporting people with coping strategies for depression and other mental health concerns
  • Coaching to assist people to reach health goals using an Acceptance Commitment therapy focus
 

Julie Neild

Occupational Therapist—Psychosocial

  • Bachelor Applied Science (OT)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)

Julie has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of community, inpatient and outpatient settings encompassing psychiatry, paediatrics and vocational rehabilitation before returning to her first love of mental health for the past 15 years. Julie has a particular interest in:

  • Facilitating transition into parenthood
  • Positive approaches to anxiety and depression
  • Replenishing depleted emotional resources
  • Symptom management during cancer treatment (e.g. insomnia, fatigue)

She draws on skills in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive and activity based approaches to assist clients maximise their life experience.

 

Merilyn Tefay 

Occupational Therapist— Psychosocial

  • Diploma of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AHPRA)Mindfulness Based Stress Management (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy(Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia-MTIA)
  • Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training Level One
  • ACT training 1 & 2, ACT for Trauma, by Russ Harris

Merilyn has extensive clinical experience having worked in mental health facilities, community health, and in acute hospital settings. For the past 20 years, Merilyn has been providing stress & anxiety management counselling and symptom management in the oncology setting at Mater and she offers the following services:

  • Mindfulness Based  Cancer Recovery Group programs for cancer survivors
  • Individual mindfulness based counselling for anxiety and depression
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness for pain management
  • Strategies to improve or better manage memory and attention deficits, fatigue, sleep disturbance, peripheral neuropathy, needle and procedural anxiety as part of cancer treatment.

Merilyn is passionate about supporting individuals to reconnect with their own sense of control and maintaining optimal quality of life from diagnosis of cancer through to recovery post cancer treatment (survivorship).

 

Sara Cavallaro

Occupational Therapist - Paediatric

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)
  • ADOS2 training and Better Access Mental Health
  • Specialist training in Occupational Performance Coaching, Cognitive Orientation for Occupational Performance, Yoga for Kids, Sensory Processing

Sarah has extensive experience with working with families and children who experience difficulty fulfilling their potential in their daily lives or “occupations”. She has worked in the disability services sector as well as in private practice with children with a range of diagnoses.

At the Health and Wellness clinic, Sarah can see children to work on:  

  • Fine motor and handwriting skills
  • School readiness and general school skills
  • Social skills and engagement
  • Feeding difficulties and fussy eating
  • Toileting difficulties
  • General development skills
  • Pretend play
  • Sensory processing and self-regulation

Sarah is passionate about working in partnership with families to achieve meaningful outcomes for children. Her goal is to build on families’ strengths and engage them as fully as possible in the therapeutic process. 

 

Lyndal Franklin

Occupational Therapist - Paediatric 

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy (UQ)
  • Masters of Philosophy Occupational Therapy (UQ)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)
  • Basic and advanced  training in SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding
  • Specialist training in assessment and treatment of infants: Basic and Advanced NDT (Neurodevelopmental treatment); Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale; General Movements Assessment; Bayley Scales of Infant & Toddler Development (III); Mini-AHA & HAI (upper limb assessments)
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM)

Lyndal has extensive experience working in partnership with families and other members of the multidisciplinary team providing holistic services for infants and children who have a broad range of feeding difficulties. Lyndal was involved in establishing the Mater Children’s Hospital Multidisciplinary Paediatric Tube Weaning service which continues through Health & Wellness.

Lyndal also has extensive experience working with infants (premmies, new born, & babies with complex conditions) and their families. Through H&W Lyndal offers the following services:

  • Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic – specialist assessment of infant and childhood feeding difficulties; including assessment for and management of tube feeding/weaning
  • Assessment and intervention for infants born preterm or with complex conditions (medical, developmental, upper limb) and/or with parental concern about development, daily routines and activities (settling; feed-sleep routines; play & learning)

Lyndal is an Advanced Clinician who strives to provide excellent and evidenced based OT services that are respectful of the needs and priorities of families and children.

Lyndal enjoys working with other members of the multidisciplinary team, to help infants and children reach their potential to engage in activities that are relevant and meaningful, and achieve satisfying outcomes for families.
 

 

Gillian Miller

Occupational Therapist - Paediatric

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (APHRA)
  • Specialist training in assessment and treatment of infants
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM)

Gillian has vast experience working as an Occupational Therapist in hospital and community settings both within Australia and overseas. Her main area of interest is working with infants/young children and their families to achieve their potential with their social/emotional, early cognitive, play, fine motor and self-help skills.

Through Health Wellness Gillian can work with families to:

  • Facilitate early parent/child relationships and promote baby’s social/emotional development through learning to read, infant cues, infant massage techniques and  learning through play
  • Understand how our sensory systems develop/work and how our response to information received through our senses influences our behaviour
  • Support the development of young children’s cognitive, play, fine motor and self-help skills to assist them to participate in family and community activities to the best of their ability

Gillian firmly believes that parents know their children best and works with families to establish and prioritise goals together. Play and fun are fundamental to her strategies in achieving these.

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