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Occupational Therapy

Professor Sylvia Rodger – B.Occ.Thy., M.Ed.St., PhD

Sylvia is a Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. She has vast experience in the field of occupational therapy as a clinician, academic and researcher.

Sylvia has particular expertise in the area of paediatric occupational therapy. She has worked with children with developmental, motor and learning difficulties and those on the autistic spectrum. She holds a Masters of Educational Studies in the area of Special Education, and completed a PhD in Occupational Therapy and Education in 1996. She was awarded a Fellowship of the American Occupational Therapy Association Academy of Research in 2013.

Sylvia has been the author of over 140 journal articles, and given over 140 conference presentations. She is on the editorial boards of British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention, Preschools and Schools, and Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Sylvia has also attracted over $2.5 million in competitive research grant funding, and has published four books and contributed to 24 books. She has also completed a review of the Occupational Therapy Australia competencies for Australian occupational therapists.

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Linda Rylands — B. OccThy

Linda completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2002 at the University of Queensland. She has had 5 years experience in mental health and has spent the last 5 years exploring the role of occupational therapists in facilitating occupational transitions for migrants and refugees.

Linda has travelled extensively, and has had personal experience of being an ‘outsider’ in a new country. Linda joined the Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS) dialogue, which progressed to gaining a role working at a lead settlement service for refugees in Brisbane. As well as effectively implementing the OT perspective in a case management role, she also supervised several occupational therapy student projects and committed to build the profile of OT role within this specialty area.

Linda currently works in Queensland Health at the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre. She is passionate to explore the fusion of Anthropology and OT frameworks in practice and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Peace/Conflict Studies) at the University of Queensland.

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Michelle Maclean — Occupational Therapist B. OccThy, Grad. Dip OH&S, Grad. Dip Ergonomics

Michelle graduated with from the University of Queensland in 1997 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and has over 14 years experience working as an occupational therapist in Australia and the United Kingdom. Michelle also holds two post-graduate qualifications, these being a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (Health Management), which she completed in 2001, and a Graduate Diploma of Ergonomics, which she completed in 2011.

Michelle commenced her career in a large tertiary hospital environment in a rotation position, and gained experience working in a range of multidisciplinary team environments including orthopaedics, rehabilitation, vascular, oncology ward and intensive care. She also has 10 years experience working in various roles at WorkCover Queensland in their statutory and common law divisions. This has enabled her to develop unique skills that she can apply to industry, employee and injured worker populations across a broad range of injury groups. Michelle has skills in workers compensation, life insurance, income protection, self-insurance and CTP schemes across a broad range of industries including transport, mining, manufacturing and retail. As a result of her industry knowledge, Michelle was invited to deliver lectures to occupational therapy students at the University of Queensland. She is also currently working with Q-COMP as the Regional Network Program representative for the Metropolitan area.

Michelle has a special interest in catastrophic and serious injuries and is skilled in all areas of discharge planning from equipment, home modifications, medical management and community participation. With Ergonomic and Occupational Health and Safety skills, Michelle is a positive communicator with a history of achieving successful outcomes on challenging return to work, suitable duties and host employment claims. Michelle has developed a working relationship with many medical specialists and ensures early and proactive communication is undertaken to achieve successful return to work outcomes.

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Amy Geach — Occupational Therapist B. AllHlth (OccThy), M. ClinSci (Hand and Upper Limb Therapy)

Amy graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and completed her Masters in Clinical Science (Hand and Upper Limb Therapy) in 2007 from Curtin University in Perth. She has also undertaken additional post-graduate training in small business management and lymphoedema treatment. This academic knowledge, coupled with her 12 years experience in the hand therapy industry and as a business owner has established her as an ambassador for increasing awareness of hand therapy and treatment for hand injuries and upskilling others in hand therapy. Amy is also a well respected therapist and practice owner, always willing and able to help, support and provide advice around managing a business and allied-health practice.

Amy is a business owner, entrepreneur, occupational therapist, hand therapist specialist, an educator and motivational speaker.

    She is the proud owner of three businesses:

  • Riverina Hand Therapy, a traditional hand therapy practice that focuses hand wrist and arm injuries and ailments.
  • Riverina Kids Therapy, an occupational therapy service for children of all ages who require additional support for their development in areas such as fine motor, sensory processing, motor planning and school readiness
  • Maida Learning, which provides support, resources and education to allied health private practice directors, and clinical education that is modern, easily accessible, relevant and Australian.

Amy’s dedication to her profession and building a business has seen her invited to speak at national and international conferences, and present at business development sessions and webinars. In 2010, Amy won Wagga Wagga Professional Business Woman of the Year, and in 2012 took out the Wagga Wagga Crow Award for Most Outstanding Business..

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