About Us

Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services was established in 2014 by experienced Occupational Therapists Bryony Clark & Carla Widloecher. 

Bryony and Carla had worked together for many years, and recognised a need for expert OT services in the community.

The team has grown to meet the extensive demand for Occupational Therapy services in the Illawarra and surrounding areas, and we have been lucky to build an enthusiastic team of clinicians with a range of experiences and special interests.

Facilitate OT Services now offer mobile Occupational Therapy services across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast, as well as parts of the Western Sydney and Southern Highland regions.  We can visit other areas on request.  Therapy sessions are also available at our Corrimal and Nowra Clinics.

Each member of the Facilitate OT team prides themselves on providing superior Occupational Therapy services, always with the aim of maximising client independence, function and participation.

Bryony Clark

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra & Southern Highlands - Provider Number: 4409151L

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Aged Care; Complex Environmental Modifications; Equipment Prescription; Occupational Therapy Report Writing, including Medicolegal reports; Case Management Services.

Bryony graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2001, and has worked in in-patient rehabilitation and community settings.  Bryony has extensive experience providing services to clients with diverse diagnoses and disabilities, including palliative care, complex orthopaedic, neurological, trauma and medical/surgical and ageing-related conditions.  She has particular interest in complex environment modifications and design for disability access, including for the NDIS.  Bryony provides a variety of occupational therapy assessments and reports, such as ADL, Environmental Housing Needs and Functional Capacity Assessments etc.  Bryony is also able to provide ongoing Case Management for clients with chronic or complex needs.

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Carla Widloecher

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Kiama & Nowra - Provider Number: 4508272L

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Driver Retraining & Assessment; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Wheelchair & Seating Prescription; Manual Handling & Ergonomic Assessments; Case Management including Lifetime Care & Support (LTCS) Scheme.

Carla graduated from Sydney University in 2000 and completed a Certificate IV in Business in 2005.  Carla is a Registered Driver Assessor and Trainer, providing on- and off-road driving assessment, and prescription of vehicle modifications.  Carla has worked in adult rehabilitation for a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities, as well as hand therapy, occupational health and safety, employment retraining and manual handling.  Carla is highly skilled in environmental modifications, equipment prescription, wheelchair and seating prescriptions and ADL retraining.  Carla enjoys delivering manual handling training, completing ergonomic assessments, and working with employers and employees to facilitate a timely and safe return to work program.  Carla provides effective Case Management services, assisting clients to maximise their function, independence and quality of life.

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Fiona Robbins

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra including Helensburgh - Provider Number: 4949451X

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Aged Care; Adult Rehabilitation; Low Vision; Environmental Modifications; Equipment Prescription; Falls Prevention; ADL Retraining; Joint Protection; Back Pain Program.

Fiona graduated from Cumberland College in 1987, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Science in 1994.  Fiona has worked in the community with adults with a variety of diagnoses and in Occupational Health and Safety roles.  Fiona has special interest in working with clients with Low Vision, in order to maximise client independence, function and participation.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Fiona conducts mobility and functional assessments and retraining, equipment and home modification prescription, and delivers in-home education programs for falls prevention, joint protection and poor mobility.

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Correne Gjaltema

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Shellharbour & Kiama - Provider Number: 4532962J

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Pain Management; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; Paediatric Assessment & Intervention – sensory processing; motor skills; self-care skills.

Correne completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2010 at the University of Western Sydney. Since graduating, she has worked with adults and children in in-patient and community settings.  She is experienced in completing home assessments, functional & ADL assessments and retraining, upper limb therapy, cognitive therapy and pain management using the Explain Pain approach, in order to assist clients to achieve their individual goals.  Correne also works with children with a variety of conditions, providing comprehensive assessments, and delivering therapy to address goals related to gross and fine motor skills (including handwriting), sensory processing, social skills and performance of self-care tasks.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Correne delivers assessments and intervention to clients of all ages in home, school, clinic and community settings across the Illawarra region.

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Melinda O’Mullane

Occupational Therapist - Western Sydney, Illawarra - Provider Number: 4507962W

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Adult Rehabilitation; Disability; Pain Management; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications.

Melinda completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2009 at the University of Western Sydney. She has since worked in in-patient hospital settings and community adult rehabilitation.  Melinda has extensive experience in a wide range of adult health conditions and disabilities. She is highly experienced in completing home, functional & ADL assessments and reports; prescription of adaptive aids and modifications; neurological & upper limb rehabilitation; and pain management using the Explain Pain approach.  Melinda's therapy aims to increase client safety, independence and participation.  For Facilitate OT, Melinda delivers assessments and intervention in home and community settings across the Western Sydney, Southern Highlands and Illawarra regions.

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Annie Saffrett

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Shellharbour & Kiama - Provider Number: 5436321B

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Disability; Equipment Prescription; ADL assessments & Upgrading Programs

Annie graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2017.  Annie has gained experience working in hospital and community settings with adults and children with a wide range of physical and psychological disabilities.  Annie worked as an ABA therapy assistant with children with Autism, and as an Occupational Therapy Assistant during her University career.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Annie provides homevisits and clinic-based services for clients of all ages.  Annie can assist with environmental and ADL assessments, prescription of adaptive aids, and therapy programs for functional upgrading, falls prevention and joint protection.

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Jodie Roser

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Shellharbour & Kiama - Provider Number: 4878152K

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Adult Rehabilitation; Disability; Falls Prevention; Pain Management; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications.

Jodie completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2012 at the University of Western Sydney. Since then she has gained experience working with a variety of conditions in inpatient hospital and community adult rehabilitation settings.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Jodie completes prescription of adaptive equipment and environmental modifications, and delivers home-based education programs to address high falls risk and poor mobility.  Jodie also works with clients to increase their safety and independence in the performance of functional ADL tasks.

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Elisa Muilwyk

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra including Helensburgh. Provider Number: 5479681A

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Mental Health OT; Adult Rehabilitation; Disability; ADL Retraining; Falls Prevention; Equipment Prescription

Elisa completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2010 at Western Sydney University. She has worked in adult rehabilitation in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a orthopaedic, neurological, and upper limb therapy caseloads. Elisa has also worked in community mental health rehabilitation, working with clients with a range of complex and chronic mental health conditions. She enjoyed assisting people to reach their goals of increased social participation, work, ADL and functional retraining, group programs and supporting their mental health recovery.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Elisa works with clients with a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. She completes environmental, mobility and functional assessments, prescription of equipment and home modifications and provision of home-based functional skills upgrading programs.

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Kira McKinnon

Occupational Therapist - Shoalhaven, South Coast & Kiama - Provider Number: 5479671B

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; Falls Prevention.

Kira graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with non-graded Honours.  Since graduating, Kira has worked with clients with a variety of disabilities and conditions, within community, acute and rehabilitation settings.  For Facilitate OT Services, Kira provides comprehensive ADL and environmental assessments and reports, and completes prescription of environmental modifications and complex adaptive equipment.  Kira works closely with her clients and their families to increase safety and independence in the performance of functional ADL tasks.  Kira provides a mobile service in the Kiama, Nowra and Shoalhaven areas.

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Nikki Raboitoga

Occupational Therapist - Shoalhaven, South Coast, Kiama - Provider Number: 5537371X

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; ADL Upgrading

Nikki completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology in 2012, followed by a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2015 at the University of Canberra.  Since graduation, Nikki has worked in the community with adults with a range of intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.  Nikki has also worked in the Occupational Rehabilitation area of practice - during this time she developed extensive experience in workplace assessment, return to work planning, manual handling training, case management and report writing.  For Facilitate OT Services, Nikki provides comprehensive assessments and reports regarding functional capacity and environmental needs, and completes prescription of adaptive equipment.  Nikki also provides individualised therapy programs towards increased safety and independence in the performance of functional ADL tasks.  Nikki provides a mobile service in the Nowra and Shoalhaven areas.  

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Reagan Dunlop

Occupational Therapist - Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama - Provider Number: 5581511L

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS & DVA; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; Falls Prevention.

Reagan graduated from Western Sydney University with Honours in 2018.  Reagan has experience working with adults and children with a variety of physical and psychological disability in inpatient rehabilitation and community settings. Reagan also has experience co-facilitating a falls prevention program for older adults.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Reagan works with clients with a wide range of diagnoses, ranging from intellectual and physical disabilities, to age-related conditions, poor mobility, orthopaedic conditions, and high falls risk.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Reagan completes prescription of adaptive equipment, comprehensive functional and environmental assessments, and delivers therapy towards independence in performance of functional ADLs.

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Simone Sant

Occupational Therapist - Nowra, South Coast and Corrimal Paediatric Clinic - Provider Number: 5249302X

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Paediatric Assessment & Intervention – behaviour; trauma; sensory processing; motor skills; self-care skills.

Simone graduated from James Cook University Townsville in 2016 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, and has recently relocated to NSW. Since graduating Simone has worked with children and adults with complex intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities providing assessment and ongoing intervention. At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Simone provides Paediatric services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions, delivering clinic- and community-based therapy.  Simone has particular interest in complex behaviours, trauma, child/ carer attachment, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. Simone enjoys working to provide a family-centred practice to enhance function and increase quality of life for her clients and their families.

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Tracey Rossetto

Occupational Therapist – Illawarra region - Provider Number 5685171L

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Paediatrics; Adult Rehabilitation; Aged Care; Complex Environmental Modifications; Equipment Prescription; Wheelchairs & Seating; Occupational Therapy Report Writing

Tracey graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1998. Since then she has worked in hospital and community settings across the health, disability and education sectors. Tracey specialises in supporting people with disability to access and participate in their valued activities of daily living.  At Facilitate OT, Tracey works with the individual and their supports to help achieve identified goals. Tracey provides assessment and prescription of Complex and Minor Home Modifications and Assistive Technology, to improve self-care, mobility and safety during functional tasks. She brings skills, knowledge and experience in independent living skills assessments and reports, and in complex seating and positioning, including for wheelchairs and vehicles.

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Sally Jennings

Occupational Therapist - Nowra, South Coast & Corrimal clinic - Provider Number: 5834241A

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Paediatric Assessment & Intervention – complex equipment prescription; motor skills; self-care skills.

Sally completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2011 at the University of Western Sydney. Since graduating, Sally has worked with both children and adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities to provide assessment and targeted intervention. She enjoys building therapeutic relationships with children and their families to assist them in reaching their individualised goals. At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Sally provides Paediatric assessment and therapy services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions, delivering both clinic- and community-based therapy options. Sally has special interest and experience in complex paediatric equipment prescription, early intervention-based therapy, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury and Developmental Disorders.

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Karen Hardie

Occupational Therapist – Illawarra region - Provider Number 5853781T

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Adult Rehabilitation; Aged Care; Disability; Falls Prevention; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; ADL training; self-care skills; motor skills

Karen graduated from Western Sydney University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Distinction.  She has also completed extra studies in upper limb stroke rehabilitation, dementia and Multiple Sclerosis. Karen has experience in both community and hospital adult rehabilitation settings; prescription of adaptive aids and modifications; neurological & upper limb rehabilitation.  Additionally, she brings extensive knowledge of optimal body function, movement and mechanics from 20 years as a Massage Therapist.

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Jaimee Palagyi

Occupational Therapist - Nowra, South Coast & Corrimal clinic - Provider Number: 5890611T

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Adult Rehabilitation; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; IT for environmental controls and communication.

Jaimee completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2005 at the University of Newcastle. She has experience working with adults with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions.  Jaimee has worked in hospital, community and private practice settings, providing occupational, vocational and outpatient rehabilitation, driver assessment and training, and therapy for acute hospital patients.  She is experienced in completing workplace assessments and reports; home, functional & ADL assessments and reports; prescription of adaptive aids and modifications; driver assessment and rehabilitation; and assessment and intervention targeting access to IT devices for environmental controls, social interaction and communication purposes.  For Facilitate OT, Jaimee delivers assessments and intervention across the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions for adults with disability within home and community settings.

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Lauren Smith

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Shellharbour & Kiama - Provider Number: 5497482B

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Disability; Paediatric Assessment & Intervention – behaviour; sensory processing; motor skills; self-care skills.

Lauren graduated from James Cook University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, and has recently relocated to Wollongong.  Since graduating, Lauren has worked with adults and children with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities providing comprehensive assessment and intervention in in-patient, clinic, school and community settings. Lauren is highly skilled in paediatrics, completing comprehensive assessments, home and school assessments, functional & ADL assessments and retraining with a focus on fine and gross motor skills, social skills, self care skills, sensory processing, emotional regulation and play-based therapy.  At Facilitate Occupational Therapy Services, Lauren will be based out of our Corrimal clinic, providing Paediatric assessments and intervention to children of all ages in home, school, clinic and community settings across the Illawarra region. Lauren has a particular interest in complex behaviours, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

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Cassie Gillett

Occupational Therapist - Illawarra, Shellharbour & Kiama - Provider Number: 5890521W

Main Areas of Practice
NDIS; Adult Rehablitation; Aged Care; Equipment Prescription; Environmental Modifications; ADL and self-care skills.

Cassie completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2017 at the Australian Catholic University.  Cassie has worked within the Occupational Rehabilitation space, with skills in assessments, return to work planning, ergonomic assessments, manual handling and report writing. She also has experience working within the community with clients with a range of disabilities.  For Facilitate OT, Cassie provides services that aim to support clients to achieve their individual goals and improve their quality of life.  Cassie completes functional assessments and reports, in order to identify current functioning, care/support needs and opportunities for increasing independence and functional capacity.  Cassie's intervention may include prescription of assistive technology and/or home modifications, as well as training in task-modification and other adaptive strategies to improve functional performance.

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Karen S

Office Manager

Karen is our Office Manager and Quality Coordinator.  She is highly organised, and ensures our administration and customer service processes run smoothly.  Karen has a strong focus on quality and continual improvement, and assists us with managing our policies, procedures and processes, in order to maintain our compliance with NDIS and other funding agency requirements.

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Mei

Accounts

Mei manages our Accounts, Invoicing and Payroll systems.

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Karlie

Receptionist

Karlie is available to respond to any enquiries on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Karlie provides reception and administrative support, and helps to keep our office working efficiently.

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Kristen

Receptionist

Kristen is our friendly Receptionist, who provides great customer service to make you feel welcome at Facilitate OT.  She is available to answer your queries, and will help to make any paperwork as simple as possible!

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Donna

Administration Assistant

Donna assists with our Administration and Reception duties, to help keep our office running smoothly.

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Rachel

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Rachel is currently completing her University qualifications to become a qualified Occupational Therapist.  Rachel works with clients under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist to assist with implementing treatment plans and interventions towards goal achievement and skill development.  She also provides regular support to the Administration team in the Woonona Office.

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Clare

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Clare is currently completing her University qualifications to become a qualified Occupational Therapist.  Clare works with clients under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist to assist with implementing treatment plans and interventions towards goal achievement and skill development.  She also provides regular support to the Administration team in the Woonona Office.

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