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Meet Solve’s Occupational Therapy Team

Stacey

Senior Occupational Therapist

Where are you from, originally?

I was born in South Africa immigrated to Brisbane when I was 12.

How long have you lived in Victoria?

I moved here in March 2020 (I know right, great timing!!). Before this I lived it up in London for just shy of 2 years on a working holiday.

Where did you go to Uni?

The University of Queensland (UQ)

Do you have any other qualifications, certificates, training (related to your practice)?

I have additional qualifications in Lymphoedema Management.

How long have you been an OT?

9 Years

What made you want to be an OT?

I grew up surrounded by adults working in allied health roles and always felt inspired by the positive impact their work had for clients and their communities. When I was in year 12 I decided to choose a healthcare profession that catered for movement between different areas of clinical interest, and OT fit that brief perfectly!

What got you interested in assistive technology (AT)?

“I love solving problems and thinking outside the box. AT is a constantly changing space as technology advances which means there’s never a dull day in the office!”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I’m a social butterfly and love spending time with friends and family. I’m also a lover of good food, wine and outdoor adventures!

What do you enjoy most about working at Solve?

Everyday there’s a new and exciting challenge! The best part about this is being able to work with our incredible workforce of volunteers to find innovative solutions that make big impacts on our clients quality of life.

What areas (operations and geographically) do you cover?

North West Melbourne.

What is the coolest AT project you have worked on?

Fabrication of a ‘Fan Box’ to support a child with a special interest in fans. Ian Wilkinson was the allocated volunteer and did such an incredible job bringing life to the idea. The fan box has 3x PC fans which can be speed controlled by the client and there are switches that mean he can also change the colour and pattern of the fan lights. The fourth fan is a camping fan that has inbuilt lights that link to a smart phone application. Our client’s mum has the ability to change the picture and text displays, so looking at this clock will never get boring. A brilliant, unique and very rewarding project that now affords our client the opportunity to safely enjoy his special interest in fans.

 


Whitney

Occupational Therapist – Inclusive & Accessible Sport & Recreation

Where are you from, originally?

Melbourne

How long have you lived in Victoria?

Forever – I have lived within a 10km radius my whole life.

Where did you go to uni?

La Trobe University – Bundoora

Do you have any other qualifications, certificates, training (related to your practice)?

I also have a Masters Degree in Prosthetic & Orthotics

How long have you been an OT?

3 years

What made you want to be an OT?

“I wanted to make a real meaningful difference in people lives. I also really value the importance of independence and building peoples capacity to do things for themselves.”

What got you interested in assistive technology (AT)?

Originally I had an interest in seating and wheelchair prescription which probably sparked my interest for AT. But AT is such a broad term that covers a large range of areas across all domains of people’s lives and it is also something that everyone ‘disability or able bodied’ may use every day.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love running and spend a lot of time training and competing for middle distance events. I am also a qualified Calisthenics coach, so spend a bit of time doing this as well as my role at Solve.

What do you enjoy most about working at Solve?

I enjoy working in a team environment and having a sport and rec focus.

What areas (operations and geographically) do you cover?

Regional Victoria. In my role I am focused on the My Active Life project which is covering regional areas including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warragul and Mornington Peninsula.

What is the coolest AT project you have worked on, or favourite AT category (e.g. mobility devices) please give brief description of the device and what it enabled the user to do?

I have been spending a lot of time with the Freedom Wheels program. I am about to start work on a ‘shot put discus throwing cage’ which I am really looking forward to. I am very lucky to be able to focus my work on sport and rec equipment which I’m really looking forward to getting into.

 


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