Meet the AES Country Services team. The team is made of seven Occupational Therapists who cover different regions throughout Western Australia.
|The AES Country Services Team|
|Amanda Hudson - (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the UK)
Great Southern Region
I have been working at the Independent Living Centre since April 2012 including traveling on Country trips. I always look forward to my country trips to the Great Southern and over the last few years feel that I have developed lots of relationships with organisations and therapists. I feel very lucky to be able to visit and deliver ILC services to this beautiful region.
My professional interests include Aged care, mobility, wheelchairs and scooters however I have lots of experience with assistive equipment suitable for all ages.
|Minna Porter - (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy)
Minna began working at the Independent Living Centre in May 2016. She had previously been working in Canada for the last 5 years.
Minna has experience in paediatrics (community based) and working with adults and older adults in hospitals. She has a special interest in seating and pressure care. Minna is looking forward to travelling throughout the region and meeting service providers and clients.
|Lauren Farrell - (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy)
Pilbara and Kimberley
I have been working at the Independent Living Centre since 2012 and have had the pleasure of working in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions from 2014. One of the great aspects of working at the ILC is that you get to see the advancements in assistive technology and test them. The world of assistive technology changes fast in the current climate of innovation and demand and it is exciting to share those experiences with the people in the regions we visit.
I find it important to remember that it is not just the big equipment items which change lives. It is often the little things which make big differences. A sock aid is not fancy, new or expensive but it can definitely help a person be independent.
|Simone Bunter – (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy; Curtin University)
I joined the Independent Living Centre team in August 2015 and am excited to have a chance meet people living in the Goldfields region. I have a particular interest in enabling people to participate and engage in cooking, eating and drinking; and have some experience working with people with neurological conditions and vision impairment.
I love to learn about people’s unique needs and wants and am very enthusiastic about my role as an occupational therapist. I look forward to sharing my passion with people living in the Goldfields area through connecting with local resources, and helping individuals to overcome barriers.
|Lynda Quigley - (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy)
Hello! My name is Lynda Quigley, and I am an occupational therapist here at the Independent Living Centre. I have worked at the ILC since May of 2016 and have to say that it is a great environment to work in, with supportive colleagues and a focus on delivering a quality service. I was a mature aged student so have come to the profession of occupational therapy later in life, but believe my life experience and education marry well. I have previously shared the South West country portfolio with Jess Mahon.
My experience to date has been in vocational rehabilitation and I have enjoyed the majority of my OT experience in a community based position assisting clients with brain tumours and motor neurone disease prior to coming to the ILC. I would frequently use the ILC as a resource when I was based in the community and I was so impressed to learn that the service extends to visiting regions and sharing our resources and expertise with country clients face to face.
|Jess Mahon - Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science), Masters in Occupational Therapy
South West Region
Jessica joined the ILC in 2015 after relocating to the South West from Perth. Jessica worked in community disability in Perth for over five years, with the majority of her experience being in providing equipment, assistive technology and home modifications to people of all ages and abilities.
Jessica is passionate about assisting people to live full and meaningful lives. Jessica is building the ILC service in the South West and is excited to see the service grow and develop to support people in this region.
|Nicole De Faria - (Bachelor of Science) Masters in Occupational Therapy
South West Region
I completed my Masters in Occupational Therapy midway through 2016 and have worked at the ILC since then. I am excited to work alongside the South West region sharing knowledge and resources to support individuals.
My passion lies in enabling a just and inclusive society so individuals may participate to their full potential in daily activities. It never ceases to amaze me how the right choice of assistive equipment alone can prove invaluable in promoting function and independence.
Project Officer Regional Service
Hello, my name is Colette Lappin and I’m new to ILC! I’ve just begun in a new project position that’s focused on supporting the ILC Country Services Team deliver a strong and valuable service to clients living in regional and remote WA.
I have a background in health promotion and nutrition and am excited to be embarking on this new challenge. The ILC Country Services Team is full of dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate people who are committed to helping people choose and access equipment and technology for their independence and wellbeing.