Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) 2009
Curtin University of Technology
Emerging Leaders in Governance Program 2017
Program to develop young professionals for board leadership in the aged and community sector
Occupational Therapist, SSC
Kate completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Curtin University in 2009 with a focus on completing practical placements in rural areas including Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Laverton and surrounding communities.
Kate commenced her career completing a graduate program with a community paediatric provider where she gained valuable skills in working with children with complex physical disabilities and supporting families through assessment, diagnosis, and early intervention.
Following completion of her graduate program Kate moved to working for Royal Perth Hospital where she initially worked with in the home visiting team providing assessment and invention to allow patients to be safely discharged home. From here she moved to a position at Royal Perth Hospital: Shenton Park Campus where she worked across several areas including acquired brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation.
After leaving the public hospital system Kate work in a large residential aged care facility where she developed a passion for assisting younger people with disabilities living in aged care to engage in their community. In this role she also provided extensive input into the redevelopment of the facility and the creation of a specialist dementia care unit.
Since 2019, Kate has been working within the NDIS field as a specialist support coordinator assisting participants to navigate the NDIS and implement their NDIS plans.
Kate has recently returned to occupational therapy practice.
Outside of work you can usually find Kate sitting at her sewing machine or with a crochet hook or knitting needles in her hands working on one of her many craft projects she has in progress. She is a member of her local CWA Branch where she is still learning how to bake the perfect scone and is a leader for a girl guide unit where she spends a lot of time camping and enjoying to outdoors while helping young women gain valuable life skills.