Senior Occupational Therapist, Queensland HealthDirector @ Allied Health Support ServicesFounder @ 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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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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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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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.
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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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Director, Western Region Health
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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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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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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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 www.marketsavvy.com.au and works closely with private practices across Australia to help them reach more people and change more lives.
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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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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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