Senior Occupational Therapist, Queensland Health
Director @ Allied Health Support Services
Co-Founder @ Allied Health Virtual Conference
Co-Founder @ Australian Allied Health Awards
After graduating from Charles Sturt University in NSW, Sarena began her career in Geelong with a brief occupational rehabilitation role for youth with brain injuries then spent several years in acute and rehabilitative rotational positions across Victorian hospitals. Shortly after she travelled to the UK and for many years, worked across London and regional areas in general acute, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, complex neurological rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, rapid response, intermediate care and community health / social services positions. In between, upon short visits home to Australia, she worked in transition care and community rehabilitation positions, before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast. There she has worked across in-patient rehab, out-patient rehab and leadership roles for the last twelve years. Upon returning from an extended period of maternity leave and having two beautiful and very busy children, she has enjoyed a steep learning curve in founding Allied Health Support Services in early 2016. In 2017, she successfully co-created an accessible virtual professional development platform for health professionals. In early 2018, however, her vision of creating a national event to both bring together and celebrate, allied health professionals all over the country, finally became a reality, in the Australian Allied Health Awards.
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Positive Action OT
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Qld in 2000, I have worked primarily in Central Qld and on the Sunshine Coast. After completing rotational hospital caseloads and acting Director roles, I sought project and team leader experience. I also consistently offered student placements, allied health assistant supervision and training, and provided professional supervision in both group and individual settings. After completing the Emerging Clinical Leaders Program I have been able to further consolidate my leadership and reflective practice skills in a variety of roles and teams, including acute adult physical, community rehabilitation, emergency and stroke/geriatrics. Shifting from full time to part time after having kids, completing a number of projects and temporary positions, and looking for a new challenge, I opened my own practice in late 2018, forming an alliance with a local successful psychology practice, to better meet the needs of community clients through a collaborative approach to care. So nearly 9 months later, I have returned to the uncomfortable role of novice, in running my own business, however am drawing on my wide range of transferable skills gained over years of public health roles, and am eagerly looking forward to 2020 and what new opportunities this massive change of direction will provide.
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Aged Care Consultant, Wise Care
Dr Julie Bajic Smith is a registered psychologist who has been working with the elderly for the last decade in community and residential settings. Julie trains aged care workforce in learning how to recognise and respond to emotional changes in clients by incorporating psycho-education and trains mental health professionals in how to incorporate aged care into their private practice. Julie has extensively researched wellbeing in home care workforce and strategies to improve resilience. Julie’s post-doc examined supported decision-making in dementia and she is currently publishing in this field.
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Musculoskeletal & Sports Specialist
Jackson Tisdell is a podiatrist working exclusively in the field of musculoskeletal and sports podiatry on the NSW Mid North Coast. He is passionate for the management and prevention of lower limb conditions relating to sport and exercise, with an emphasis on exercise prescription and biomechanics.
Jackson is also a Level 1 ASCA Strength and Conditioning Coach and a level 2 SMA Sports Trainer, so has experience at all stages of the injury process: from acute on field injury management, assessment and rehabilitation in the podiatry clinic, to return to play and improving performance in the gym and out in the field.
Jackson is an advocate for a pro-active approach to lower limb injury, and aims to bridge the gap between the clinical setting and the return to sport through the combination of strength and conditioning principles into this podiatry practice. Jackson is passionate about continued education and is a CPD developer for Kinetic Therapies Australia.
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Clinical Supervisor, Professional Development, Speaker
Since becoming a registered music therapist in 1999, I have worked in various settings, and experienced the rollercoaster ride that seems to be an accepted part of being a health care worker. What I’ve learned so far is that reliable, empathic and knowledgable support is essential to any healthy, long term career in the health & helping professions. So, now that’s the service I offer – so you can get off the rollercoaster too.
- Master of Mental Health Science – Monash University
- Post Grad Diploma of Music Therapy – University of Qld
- Bachelor of Music – Queensland Conservatorium of Music
- Diploma of Business – Swinburne University
- Diploma of Counselling (in progress) – AIPC
- Advanced Certificate in Supervision – The Supervision Centre UK
- Policy & Projects Officer & Supervision Working Group member – Australian Music Therapy Association
- Management Committee Member – Australian Clinical Supervision Association
- Speaker and guest lecturer at Australian and international conferences, workshops and universities
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Mentor, CPD Developer
Talysha has been a practicing podiatrist in Australia for 12 years, and has been working exclusively in the field of musculoskeletal and sports podiatry for 8 of those years. In addition to her B.App.Sc.(Podiatry) she has completed post graduate studies through Flinders University in clinical rehabilitation and is a level 2 personal trainer.
In 2012 she opened a 100% sports & biomechanics focused clinic on the NSW Mid-North Coast that went on to become the exclusive lower limb injury management provider for a number of sporting clubs & regional sporting associations.
Having mentored a number of podiatrists over the years her passion for helping her colleagues develop their knowledge, skill and confidence in treating musculoskeltal conditions continued to grow and sparked the start of the next phase of her career.
In 2018 Talysha sold her podiatry clinic to focus on her next project, provision of CPD for podiatrists & other allied health professionals through her new business Kinetic Therapies. In the short time of operation Kinetic Therapies has gained traction and 2020 will see Talysha delivering more CPD content both home & abroad through a number of platforms.
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Occupational Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Marga has served as a paediatric occupational therapist for over 40 years with a specialization in sensory integration. She has worked in both private and public settings, including service as a Clinical Educator at Queensland University. To make sure she is giving the best advice possible she collaborates regularly with the team members and with medical doctors, paediatricians, psychiatrists, teachers, physiotherapists, podiatrists and behavioural optometrists to find the best options for intervention for her clients and for the clients of her team members.
Marga developed the occupational therapy department for Tyack Health (the largest multi-disciplinary practice in Australia), where she currently serves as the Leader of the paediatric team. The department, which focuses on paediatric patients, addresses sensory processing and motor skill development. Also, Marga founded the Bayside SPD Professional Interest Group, which educates and raises awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder.
As a way to give back to her community, Marga also developed a franchise of day care centres in South Africa to encourage optimal development in young children. This included writing the training manuals, training of franchisees and developing the business, marketing and operational manuals. “Better Babies” was approved by the Franchise Association of South Africa. In addition to being a published author of two books, Marga regularly provides seminars, workshops and training for therapists and teachers, online and in person.
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Principal at Purple Co, Author of “The Entrapreneural Clinician”
Jo is all about connecting people to purpose through inspiration and innovation. Author of The Entrepreneurial Clinician, she is also the Founder and Principal Consultant of PurpleCo – a team of specialist allied health consultants dedicated to helping people who experience injury illness and trauma reclaim their lives through work.
Jo graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science, Rehabilitation Counselling in 1994.
Jo is passionate about the health benefits of work and truly believes that everyone has the right to meaningful and rewarding employment.
PurpleCo grew out of this belief as a truncated form of PURpose for peoPLE.
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Carolyne completed her qualifications in psychology at RMIT University, Victoria, and is currently completing her Masters of Human Rights Law at Monash University, Melbourne. While completing her undergraduate and post-grad studies, she worked in direct care with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Carolyne continued working in the field of disability after registering as psychologist in 1995 before transitioning into educational psychology in 1997. In 2002, she made a further transition into forensic psychology where she remained working in Victorian correctional facilities across several roles until 2012. Carolyne’s PhD focused on the efficacy of risk assessment within the Victorian correctional system and the recommendations stemming from this were subsequently used in part of the ‘Review of the Victorian Adult Parole System’ published in 2013. On the side, she runs a private practice and recently decided to downsize to a part-time psychology position in a private hospital.
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