Tell us a bit about yourself and what your role is at HenderCare
For a number of years, I have been juggling many hats as a senior Speech Pathologist, NDIS manager, business owner and MBA student. I’m very excited to use my experience and passions in this new role as Allied Health Manager-WA. In this role, I will be expanding HenderCare’s Allied Health services in WA to provide more participants with exceptional and tailored care.
What Allied Health services are currently available at HenderCare?
Our WA team offer Allied Health services to help people achieve their goals and strengthen their ability to live confidently in their home and community.
We currently provide access to experienced Occupational therapists and Speech Pathologists, with physiotherapy and psychology services on the horizon. We employ a team of passionate and caring Allied Health staff who adopt an individualised approach, meaning individual needs and goals are at the centre of all we do.
What are your goals for the WA Allied Health team?
I hope to continue building a supportive and collaborative team driven by delivering person-centred care as a cohesive ‘team.’ I have seen firsthand the rapid rate of burnout within Allied Health professions. Here at HenderCare, we will do things differently. We will provide our therapists with ongoing support and supervision that allow them to grow individually. This will build a platform for our participants and families to access high quality and sustainable services.
What drew you to this particular role and industry?
Having grown up alongside family members in the Allied Health industry, I always admired the role they played in facilitating meaningful change in a person’s life. Having chosen to pursue a career in Speech Pathology, I quickly became frustrated with the disparity in quality and access to services across WA. In response, I developed a regional practice with a team of local and metro therapists who worked in the Wheatbelt for six years. I advocated for disadvantaged schools to access ‘in school Allied Health services’ and developed screening programs to capture and link participants to support. While regional health remains a core passion of mine, I felt that my values closely aligned with HenderCare’s and that with the national support to build high performing teams, I could better service these disadvantaged areas and participants across WA.