Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Certificate of Applied Ergonomics
Vocational Assessment & Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Neurology, Orthopaedics
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1992 from the University of Queensland and have worked mainly in the clinical field of mental health, orthopaedics and neurology. During my career I have largely focused on occupational rehabilitation and ergonomics.
I consider my expertise lies in case management, vocational rehabilitation and returning people to sustainable levels of function and work after injury or disability.
Between February 2006 to January 2010 I worked as the Head of Professional Services of a rehabilitation company and provided clinical supervision for approximately 30 clinical staff relating to hundreds of cases of traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, trauma and orthopaedic injuries. I was responsible for the clinical review of cases ensuring recommendations were the most effective and timely.
I have worked both in Australia and the UK and so have an international perspective on assessment and rehabilitation. In 2002 I travelled to the USA to complete a training programme in Functional Capacity Evaluation, which is the objective evaluation of an individual's level of function and have conducted hundreds of functional capacity evaluations over my career.
Currently, I am working as an independent occupational therapist via my own company where I undertake assessments including immediate needs assessments and functional capacity evaluations in order to assess current levels of function and to develop return to work programmes or therapeutic interventions to optimise recovery. I also identify appropriate work opportunities and vocational rehabilitation programmes.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.