4 years ago, Kelly was studying Occupational Therapy at ACU. While on a student placement at Banyule Community Health, she discovered a long-term opportunity with our Occupational Therapy team and got along so well with everyone that she didn’t want to leave, so she didn’t!
Fast forward to 2021 and Kelly is working with her team to support a range of people with unique challenges. Working in occupational therapy requires patience, compassion, and attention to detail. Kelly and her team demonstrate these qualities every day and strive to give every community member, the best care they can offer. Kelly supports a diverse range of community members including the elderly, people living with disabilities, and everyone in between. The Occupational Therapy team provide Adult Occupational Therapy services, to enable people to participate in activities of everyday life, as well as Occupational Therapy for children.
Kelly grew up near Vancouver, Canada, and lived in Germany for a year working as a nanny, where she cared for a child with Rett syndrome. This experience ignited her passion for supporting people with special needs. Kelly’s mother is a special education teacher, so you could say that her talents run in the family.
Kelly recently picked up cricket after a colleague introduced her to the sport, and her team has since gone on to win a premiership! Not bad for her second season in the game.
“It’s so good to learn something new and challenge yourself”
Working in occupational therapy allows Kelly to view the world in terms of accessibility, which means she is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve and foster equal access in the community.
“I love working in community health because of the flexibility, it works really well with our goals in occupational therapy and means we can adapt more to our clients and their needs.”