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Principal Occupational Therapist: Louise Edwards

Louise is a registered occupational therapist (OT) who has worked in a variety of clinical settings across Queensland and NSW. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Louise  started her career in Toowoomba working within a work rehabilitation service. From here she recognised a special interest in community based neurorehabilitation and transitioned into a community setting to work with children and adults with physical disability. 

Louise has since held various roles within NSW Health and QLD Health as a Senior Occupational Therapist for paediatric services.

In addition to her clinical work, Louise has also worked as a Discipline Specialist at the University of Sydney in the School of Occupational Therapy. Here she taught occupational  therapy students in subjects such as "Biomechanical and Sensorimotor Strategies" and "Upper Limb Rehabilitation". Louise taught her students theories based on neurorehabilitation techniques and emphasised the importance of treating each client as an individual to help them achieve their unique goals.

In January 2016, Louise established Acacia Therapy, so she could return to her passion of providing community based occupational therapy support to children and adults within their homes and community. Louise endeavours to support her clients so that they may continue to Live  how they like, Learn  what they need, and Growinto the person they choose to become.

​​​Occupational Therapist: Alice Curtis

Alice is a passionate Occupational Therapist who has a strong interest in working with children. 

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Alice has gained experience working with both adult and paediatric clients. She has worked within community and inpatient settings. 

Alice believes in client centred practice and strives to continue to grow as a professional, keeping up with evidence based practice. In 2018, Alice completed her post-graduate degree in Autism Studies and has a keen interest to support people living with autism and their families.

​​Occupational Therapist: Sarah Berlin

 Sarah is a registered OT who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Occupation Therapy with Honours from the University of Queensland.

She has experienced clinical work in a number of fields including inpatient stroke and upper limb rehabilitation and paediatric community-based services.

She is passionate about providing individualised, strengths-based services that promote the independence of clients and their families through skills development and environmental modifications

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Occupational Therapy

​​​​Occupational Therapist: Helen O'Connell

Helen is a registered occupational therapist who is passionate about working with children and families.  She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2008 and since this time has worked across a number of settings in the Darling Downs area, working predominantly in the area of paediatrics.  Helen has completed and utilises a range of professional development activities focusing on occupational therapy for children and families, including the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to feeding, Circle of Security and DIR Floortime, in addition to a range of courses relating to sensory processing.  She has a passion for working with families to reflect and problem solve through presenting behaviours using sensory processing ‘lens’ to promote a child’s ability to engage in what is important to them – to live, learn and grow.   Having recently returned to the Toowoomba area to raise her young family, Helen is looking to working with a team of passionate occupational therapists to deliver quality paediatric occupational therapy services in the local area.  

Our Team

​​Administration Officer/Therapy Assistant: Olivia Berlin

Olivia is the administration officer and therapy assistant at Acacia Therapy. Olivia is currently completing a Certificate III in Agriculture and has completed a Certificate III in Business.

Olivia enjoys working with both kids and animals. She particularly enjoys being a side walker during equine assisted therapy.   

​​​​Senior Occupational Therapist: Jane Hawkless

Jane Hawkless has 20 years experience providing occupational therapy services to adults and children with a strong focus on service delivery within the rehabilitation and disability sectors.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient rehabilitation and community and has worked with a variety of funding bodies including CTP, NDIS, NIIS, iCare and Workcover.

Jane has extensive experience with direct client rehabilitation within hospital and community settings for a wide range of clients including adults with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, lower limb amputation, stroke, degenerative conditions and orthopaedic conditions. 

Jane has had extensive experience in the prescription of equipment for clients including those with complex equipment needs.  She has practical experience in the identification of appropriate equipment to maximize function and has current knowledge of the relevant assistive technology which is available.

Over the past 15 years, Jane has gained extensive experience in the prescription of home modifications for a wide range of clients and disabilities, including modifications for wheelchair accessibility.  Modifications have included:

  • Access modifications eg. ramps; lifts, widening doorways

  • Bathroom modifications

  • Kitchen modifications

Jane has had experience with assisting clients with severe and catastrophic injuries to return to work, including clients with acquired brain injury, lower limb amputation and complex orthopaedic conditions.  She has also provided case management services for these client groups.