Sarena Jones Allied Health Support Services


Senior Occupational Therapist, Queensland Health
Director @ Allied Health Support Services
Founder @ Australian Allied Health Awards

After graduating from Charles Sturt University in NSW, Sarena began her career in Geelong with a brief occupational rehabilitation role for youth with brain injuries then spent several years in acute and rehabilitative rotational positions across Victorian hospitals.  Shortly after she travelled to the UK and for many years, worked across London and regional areas in general acute, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, complex neurological rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, rapid response, intermediate care and community health / social services positions.  In between, upon short visits home to Australia, she worked in transition care and community rehabilitation positions, before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast.  There she has worked across in-patient rehab, out-patient rehab and leadership roles for the last twelve years.  Upon returning from an extended period of maternity leave and having two beautiful and very busy children, she has enjoyed a steep learning curve in founding Allied Health Support Services in early 2016.  In 2017, she successfully co-created an accessible virtual professional development platform for health professionals.  In early 2018, however, her vision of creating a national event to both bring together and celebrate, allied health professionals all over the country, finally became a reality, in the Australian Allied Health Awards.

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Rehabilitation Counsellor

Principal at Purple Co, Author of “The Entrapreneural Clinician”

Jo is all about connecting people to purpose through inspiration and innovation.  Author of The Entrepreneurial Clinician, she is also the Founder and Principal Consultant of PurpleCo – a team of specialist allied health consultants dedicated to helping people who experience injury illness and trauma reclaim their lives through work.

Jo graduated from the University  of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science, Rehabilitation Counselling in 1994.

Jo is passionate about the health benefits of work and truly believes that everyone has the right to meaningful and rewarding employment.

PurpleCo grew out of this belief as a truncated form of PURpose for peoPLE.

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Julie Bajic-Smith Allied Health Support Services



Aged Care Consultant, Wise Care

Dr Julie Bajic Smith is a registered psychologist who has been working with the elderly for the last decade in community and residential settings. Julie trains aged care workforce in learning how to recognise and respond to emotional changes in clients by incorporating psycho-education and trains mental health professionals in how to incorporate aged care into their private practice. Julie has extensively researched wellbeing in home care workforce and strategies to improve resilience. Julie’s post-doc examined supported decision-making in dementia and she is currently publishing in this field.

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Saravana Kumar



Associate Professor, University of South Australia

As a leader in the field of evidence-based practice, I am responsible for the delivery of a suite of evidence-based practice courses at the School of Health Sciences. This is a deliberate strategy as my research interest directly align with my teaching interests which underscores my commitment to the teaching-research nexus. I am at the forefront of development and implementation of novel curriculum and digital technologies (such as audio feedback) for the courses that I teach. These have resulted in sustained positive student satisfaction and improvements in student performance and retention. As an enthusiastic and committed educator, I strive to provide a positive and supportive environment for UniSA students through making their experience an enjoyable, relevant and meaningful opportunity for learning. My teaching influences students from several different professional backgrounds including but not limited to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, medical radiations, health science, clinical exercise physiology, human movement.

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Music Therapist

Clinical Supervisor, Professional Development, Speaker

Since becoming a registered music therapist in 1999, I have worked in various settings, and experienced the rollercoaster ride that seems to be an accepted part of being a health care worker. What I’ve learned so far is that reliable, empathic and knowledgable support is essential to any healthy, long term career in the health & helping professions. So, now that’s the service I offer – so you can get off the rollercoaster too.

  • Master of Mental Health Science – Monash University
  • Post Grad Diploma of Music Therapy – University of Qld
  • Bachelor of Music – Queensland Conservatorium of Music
  • Diploma of Business – Swinburne University
  • Diploma of Counselling (in progress) – AIPC
  • Advanced Certificate in Supervision – The Supervision Centre UK
  • Policy & Projects Officer & Supervision Working Group member – Australian Music Therapy Association
  • Management Committee Member – Australian Clinical Supervision Association
  • Speaker and guest lecturer at Australian and international conferences, workshops and universities

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Jade Scott


Director, Western Region Health 
Founder, GrowthRx

Jade Scott is a leading identity within Australia’s allied health community who has mentors practitioners at every stage of their career. Having successfully established a number of osteopathy clinics in Victoria, known collectively as Western Region Health, Jade recognised an opportunity to create meaningful change and innovation within the Allied Health Industry.
Jade championed a reinvention of the traditional ‘fee for service’ model that currently supports the income 35 staff an a payroll of over 1.3 million. With this in mind, she has been at the forefront of the corona virus threat. Her knowledge extends across all remuneration platforms from employment, contractors, rental agreements and sole traders and HR implications that may affect most.
Jade’s expertise lies in business consulting and strategic implementation. She specialises in cultural change and has supported over 135 Private Practices and another 500+ Osteopaths through her post-graduate education and courses. She was also a lecturer at Victoria University for 8 years, consults to the Osteopathic designated advisory team at Employsure and will soon help to facilitate a business focus group for Osteopathy Australia. Her personal mission is to connects allied health professionals through world-class leadership and education.
Jade recently completed her prestigious Authentic Leadership Development program at Harvard University and is finishing her research in Clinical Leadership at Melbourne University.  She believes there is no greater time for us all to lead than now!
With a passion for helping others and vast knowledge Jade is a respected industry leader. Her strategies and pro-active measures, ‘A 5 Stage Strategy to Survive and Thrive’ has been implemented as valuable resource for small businesses during these testing times.

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Natasha Ace


Private Practice Business Coach

Founder, Private Practice Alliance

At the age of 21, after being mentored by a Clinical Psychologist, I started my own consulting firm. This firm opened nine private practices include a psychiatric clinic. At the age of 23, I started my own private practice. This practice provided internships to pre and postdoctoral level psychology interns.  At 27, I moved to Australia and started to learn the ropes and cultural differences. I have worked 15 years opening private practices and have worked internationally with 1,000’s of psychologists.

My experience spans 15 years of establishing practitioners in private practice. I help guide you to develop your dream practice.  My knowledge and your dreams are designed around strategy, administration, contractor and client engagement. ”

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Accredited Practising Dietitian 

Active Health Clinic 

Luke’s mission is to ‘make invisible illnesses visible’ by advocating for those with Invisible Illnesses and supporting them in their nutritional health. He is the lead dietitian at Active Health Clinic in Melbourne, where they specialise in providing care to people who live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain conditions, Dysautonomia and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. He is passionate about making quality nutrition accessible for every BODY, no matter their functional capacity. 

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Megan Walker


Health and Medical Marketing Professional

Director, Market Savvy

Megan Walker is a health and medical marketing professional with over 25 years experience connecting clients and patients with reputable health services through ethical and relationship marketing. Megan is the Director of Market Savvy and works closely with private practices across Australia to help them reach more people and change more lives.

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Mia Kacen content author AHSS


Exercise Physiologist

Founder, Mia’s Health

Mia J Kacen is passionate about international public health, professional development and EP advocacy. 

Mia is an entrepreneur, Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist with a Master in international Public Health from Sydney University.  

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Kit kline


Nature Based Therapist 

Founder, Nature Based Therapy

Kit Kline was born in Canada and moved to Australia when she was 10.  Kit is a decedent of the Wampanoag people on her paternal side and is a member of the Sou’West Nova Metis Council.  Kit has always felt a strong connection to her First Nations ancestry and believes her philosophy on health and wellness derives from this connection.  She has 17 years’ experience working as a Counsellor and Educator in the social and community services sector with both public and private health services specialising in mental health and addictions.  Kit established the modality Nature Based Therapy, which is recognized with the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies (IICT), due to the success she was having with the people she was working with when she incorporated ‘nature’ into her work practice.

Kit is has obtained both a master’s degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous studies.  Her post graduate studies 
include a Diploma of welfare studies, Diploma of alcohol and other drugs, Diploma of holistic healing, and cert IV’s in youth work and training and assessment. 

Kit is currently completing a master’s in social work with Deakin University.

Kit is a recent graduate of the Leaders for Geelong program 2015-2017 and is committed to creating healthy people, families and communities while at the same time protecting our natural resources and environment.

Kit is a mother to three daughters and one son and enjoys coastal life in Moriac, Victoria.  In her personal time, she enjoys taking her family on picnics to local forests, bushwalking, mountain bike riding and cooking healthy organic food. She also enjoys long road trips, travelling to new destinations and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds. 

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Vestibular Physiotherapist

Ramsay Health Care 

Heather is a physiotherapist with a Masters of Physiotherapy Practices qualification from La Trobe University in Victoria.

Heather has cultivated extensive experience working within the fields of vestibular and neurological physiotherapy in the private practice and the public health service settings in Queensland and Victoria, and additionally as a clinical educator at the Australian Catholic University.

Heather has achieved advanced competency certification in vestibular dysfunction and concussion management. She has comprehensive experience in guiding her clients through the diagnostic and rehabilitation process for conditions including, vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis, vestibular migraine, vestibular schwannoma, Meniere’s disease, psychiatric forms of dizziness, neurological causes of dizziness, post-concussion syndromes, and multifactorial balance dysfunction.

Additionally, she has undertaken numerous professional development activities in stroke rehabilitation using normal movement and motor relearning approaches. She has special focus in gait retraining for walking, running, and return to sport.

Currently Heather is undertaking the Australian Physiotherapy Association neurological physiotherapist titling pathway by completing a post-graduate Masters of Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy) with the key focus areas of vestibular dysfunction and stroke rehabilitation. 

Heather currently works with Ramsay Health Care on the Sunshine Coast within the vestibular clinic and day rehabilitation program. Her key goal is to maximise the quality of life for people experiencing vestibular and neurological conditions by guiding high quality, person centred, goal oriented, multidisciplinary, evidenced based intervention.

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Social Worker and Equine Therapist

Sunshine Coast Equine Assisted Therapy

My childhood passion to work with both people and animals led me to complete a Bachelor of Social Work in 2009. In continuing to fulfill my goals and expand my practice I completed training with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in 2015.

Over the last 13 years I have worked in the Disability Sector, supported families and young people who have experienced trauma as well as working therapeutically with young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours.

It is my ongoing goal to continue to increase my knowledge and practice wisdom in this innovative field of animal assisted therapy as well as continuing to pursue my passion for connecting with animals and people.

I look forward to working alongside you and offering a horse human connection experience.

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Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling 

Carolyne completed her qualifications in psychology at RMIT University, Victoria, and is currently completing her Masters of Human Rights Law at Monash University, Melbourne. While completing her undergraduate and post-grad studies, she worked in direct care with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Carolyne continued working in the field of disability after registering as psychologist in 1995 before transitioning into educational psychology in 1997. In 2002, she made a further transition into forensic psychology where she remained working in Victorian correctional facilities across several roles until 2012. Carolyne’s PhD focused on the efficacy of risk assessment within the Victorian correctional system and the recommendations stemming from this were subsequently used in part of the ‘Review of the Victorian Adult Parole System’ published in 2013. On the side, she runs a private practice and recently decided to downsize to a part-time psychology position in a private hospital.

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Occupational Therapist 

Allied Health Career Consultant

Karina Lewis (B.Occ Thy, MPhil, MPH, Grad Cert Career Development) is an experienced occupational therapist and career counsellor for health professionals. She has a passion for equity in health care and the development of a fulfilled, resilient healthcare workforce. Karina has a diverse clinical background, with a strong interest in hand therapy, public health, research, and clinical education.

Karina developed a strong interest in team dynamics, career planning and development while holding leadership positions responsible for staff supervision, selection, development, and retention. Additionally, she understands the challenges of balancing career with a young family and negotiating return to work following parental leave.

Karina brings a holistic approach to career counselling, providing insight and support regarding career planning, professional skill, and capability development. 

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