GRS Northern NSW Team

Amelia Brown

NNSW Service Coordinator, Physiotherapist

Amelia has been working as a physiotherapist for 13 years now and is an accredited member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. During this time her experience has been in both hospital and private practice settings. Her areas of interest include neurological, cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation, along with treating various musculoskeletal conditions for people with disabilities.

 

Prior to completing her Master of Physiotherapy Degree, she completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science where she worked for 3.5 years as an exercise physiologist for assisting patients in either their home, a gymnasium or a hydrotherapy pool setting. 

 

Amelia is a great communicator and is a believer in patient centred care and having a goal-oriented approach to her therapy. She is a working mother of 3 young children and so combined with her working experience she is adept in dealing with people of all ages. She really enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team and is why she fits so well into our Global Rehabilitation Service team.

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Graves

Therapeutic Team Leader, Social Work

 

 

Kim has 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with a disability. Kim holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

 

In addition, Kim has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Disability. Kim has worked extensively in the disability sector as residential services manager, support worker, caseworker and program manager. Her work has focussed on supporting people with disabilities to transition into independent living, advocacy, program development and positive behaviour support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Brown

Therapeutic Team Leader, Occupational Therapist

 

 

With over 16 years of experience working as an occupational therapist, Danielle offers a diversity of skills and maturity to her roles.  Danielle has worked with adults with disabilities in their home and residential settings working for Blue Care, Disability Services and NSW Health. Danielle has fostered an understanding of the challenges that individuals with a disability are facing day to day. 

 

Danielle has a specific interest in Stroke Rehabilitation and she is in the process to complete her Masters in Stroke Rehabilitation by the end of this year.  She is also experienced with lymphoedema therapy and is competent in delivering clinical service for lymphodema conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

Tara Murfitt

Therapeutic Team Leader, Occupational Therapist

Tara has over 8 years of clinical experience working within the health and disability sector. Tara holds a bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy and is holistic in her approach as an Occupational Therapist. 

 

Tara has extensive experience and a passion for neurological rehabilitation. Her clinical skills extend to both paediatric and adult populations, where she has provided assessment and treatments in major tertiary hospitals, community and disability group homes. She is currently practising in a senior stroke specialist role within the Tweed and Byron health network. 

Tara has a comprehensive skill set extending to hand therapy, home modifications, functional retraining and complex equipment prescription. Tara is committed to helping others achieve their Individualised goals towards optimal engagement in daily life.  

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Tymczuk

Speech Pathologist

 

Simon is a speech pathologist with 5 years of clinical experience working in the public health sector. He holds a Masters degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne.

 

Simon has worked extensively in the community, rehabilitation, and residential care settings with clients with a wide range of disabilities. Simon provides assessment and therapy to both paediatric and adult clients. He delivers best practice interventions for communication, swallowing and cognitive-communication impairments.

 

Simon emphasises the importance of person-centred care by helping his clients achieve goals that are meaningful to them. He works collaboratively with clients and their families/carers to build functional communication skills, overcome swallowing deficits and maximise their ability to engage in daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Pascoe

Dietitian

Hannah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with 6 years of clinical experience and is an active member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. After completing her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University, she has spent several years employed with NSW Health working in both acute hospitals as well as community health care settings.  

 

Hannah has worked with clients who have disabilities affecting their swallow function, ability to gain weight, nutrient deficiencies and difficulties with self-feeding. 

Hannah also has experience in a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, digestive problems, allergies, cancer, swallowing difficulties, malnutrition and artificial feeding (PEG tubes).

 

Hannah loves to cook using fresh, simple ingredients and is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of her clients using food and nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

Erin McCafferty

Occupational Therapist

Compassionate and enthusiastic, Erin has almost half a decade of clinical experience. For Erin, it’s about working closely with clients to achieve the very best outcome for them. She utilises her skills in hand therapy, rehabilitation, orthopaedics, equipment prescription and activities of daily living (ADL) retraining for people with disabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and is registered with AHPRA.

 

Erin’s friendly nature and passion enables her to connect, establish rapport, and build therapeutic relationships. She looks forward to discussing your goals with you and working with you to achieve them, optimising your independence and well-being along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy Hudson

Speech Pathologist

 

Cathy has over 30 years of experience working as a Speech Pathologist. ​Cathy has extensive experience in providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders for patients with a range of neurological diseases ie stroke, MND, MS, Parkinson's disease as well as head and neck cancers and voice disorders.

Cathy is also experienced in working with a range of paediatric and adult clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and intellectual disability.

Cathy has worked with a generalist caseload of paediatric patients with speech, receptive and expressive language, fluency (stuttering) and social communication difficulties.

 

 

 

 

 

Bethaney Kean

Social Work

 

Bethaney has over 8 years’ experience as a clinical social worker working with diverse populations in non-government and government inpatient/outpatient and community settings, providing client assessment, support planning and case management services. 

 

Bethaney's career speciality is working with people from a humanistic person-centred framework to support people’s individual strengths and personal aspirations to participate fully in activities that are life-giving. Fundamentally, her practice is underpinned by genuine unconditional regard and a strengths perspective, recognising that people are the experts of their own lives.

 

The NDIS values of ‘choice and control’ align with Bethaney's own professional and personal values and principles in supporting self-empowerment and self-determination.

 

Therapeutic interventions involve the use of active mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Narrative Approach, Trauma-Based Approach, and the ‘Murri Way’, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander model of helping.

 

 

 

 

Hanna Thomas

Psychologist 

 

Hanna has been a registered psychologist since 2004 and is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Clinical Council for the North Coast Primary Health Network.  She has worked in a variety of psychology roles, including: Research Psychologist; Organisational Consultant, Workplace Mental Health Consultant and Psychologist in Private Practice. 

 

Hanna utilises a variety of therapeutic frameworks, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT); Mindfulness and Relaxation Training.  Hanna's work with GRS focuses on providing therapeutic support to clients, along with practical assistance, e.g. problem-solving, building tolerance for difficult emotions, modifying thinking styles, identifying strengths, developing coping skills etc. Different ideas and tools are offered, depending on each person's needs, background and situation. 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Dennis

Allied Health Therapy Trainee

 

Joel has completed a Bachelor of Social Work from Griffith University in 2018 and is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW). Joel has completed a clinical placement with NSW Health and had the opportunity to complete a community development placement working in Indonesia.

 

In the international setting, Joel gained experience assisting individuals and families who live with a disability to transition into the community and to advocate for basic human needs and rights. Joel has a strong passion to ensure all people have the right to dignity, development, independence and participation thus ensuring the highest quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

Kadison Saxby

Allied Health Therapy Trainee

Kadison's goal is to become an Occupational Therapist and he is currently completing his studies at Southern Cross University.

Kadison sees Occupational Therapy as an opportunity to assist individuals with the utmost respect for their life and occupations. This aligns with his passion to learn about the complexities of the human body and the therapies to manage and adapt to life’s challenges.

Kadison looks forward to bringing a patient and client-centred approach towards his clients and throughout his future career.

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