FOCUSED ON YOU

About Us

At Focus On Function, our team is made up of a group of passionate, driven individuals who strive to provide the best outcomes for our participants and their families.

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Our Founder

About Louise

I graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Newcastle in 2005. Since this time I have worked in rural NSW in a variety of roles including mental health, community health and in-patient acute wards. 

Prior to becoming an OT I worked in a variety of roles with adults with disabilities. I have worked as an OT in the Gunnedah are for 10 years. I have a well established network with local providers and make it a high priority to work collaterality with the participant, their family and the team to ensure we can get the best outcomes for participants. I thoroughly enjoy working with participants and their families and problem solving to contribute to great outcomes. 

Our Vision

  • Supporting people of all abilities to enjoy everyday life.
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Work Experience

I have been working privately as a OT and Case manager with iCare, CTP and NDIS participant since 2011. I formed Focus on Function in 2021 as there were limited Occupational Therapy services available in the New England. I am committed to providing his quality services for our participants, families and community. 

I am a approved Case Manager with iCare (lifetime care and workers care). I am a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and a registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 

Geographical Areas We Cover:

Tamworth

Gunnedah

Narrabi

Manilla

Quirindi

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our team

About the Team

  • A team of Occupational Therapist with extensive experience and shared vision to assisting with great outcomes for people
  • High quality administration support to ensure optimal service provision.
  • Case management services
  • Allied Health assistant

Our Team

Our team consists of Occupational Therapists and Case Managers. We have an extensively experienced team with a shared vision to assist with great outcomes for participants. We have an incredible support team to ensure we can provide our best work.
Louise Whitton
Louise Whitton
Managing Director / Occupational Therapist / Case Manager
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (University of Newcastle), Diploma in Education (Habilitation) Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment, Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Accreditation

I grew up in remote NSW and thoroughly enjoy living, working and raising a family in Gunnedah.

Since 2005 I have worked in rural NSW in a variety of roles including mental health, community health and inpatient acute wards. Prior to becoming an OT I worked in a variety of roles with adults with disabilities and have worked as an OT in the Gunnedah area for 10 years.

I have been working privately as an OT and Case manager with iCare, CTP and NDIS since 2011.

I am a approved Case Manager with iCare (lifetime care and workers care), a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Rachael Randall
Rachael Randall
Practice Manager
Dietitian

Rachael grew up on a family farm near Ashford in northern NSW. Rachael lives in Gunnedah, with a background as a Dietitian and small business experience, in rural and remote areas of NSW and QLD.

Jill Marmara
Jill Marmara
Customer Support Officer

My administrative background has mainly been in healthcare in secretarial positions within the departments of Cardiology and Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.

My husband and I moved to Gunnedah in2012 to be closer to our daughter and grandchildren where I continued employment in a health setting at the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre from its opening until its closure. I am now enjoying the diversification in the disability sector of healthcare.

Jessica Edmunds
Jessica Edmunds
Customer Support Officer
Certificate 3 in Business Administration and Certificate 2 in Work Skills and Training.

I currently live in Gunnedah with my amazing fiancé and ourbeautiful daughter.

My administrative background has come from my time as OfficeManager to a local Manufacturing and Irrigation business.

I look forward to assisting the team at Focus on Function tosupport our remarkable participants across the wider community.

Alina Roper
Alina Roper
Senior Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), OT Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Home Modifications (University of Sydney), Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Accreditation, Mental Health First Aid

I grew up in Sydney and in 2003 left for a life in rural NSW. I currently live in Tamworth and prior to that lived in a lovely little place called Warialda, the place of wild honey.

I have been lucky enough to work in many of our rural communities since 2003 including in Moree, Inverell, Bingara and Warialda and all the smaller towns in between. I am also an Associate Lecturer for the University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health supporting the clinical training our next generations of Occupational Therapists for rural practice.

Sharon Borchardt
Sharon Borchardt
Senior Occupational Therapist / Case Manager
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (University of Queensland)

I’m originally a Queenslander (don’t hold it against me) who grew up in rural Queensland and studied in Brisbane.

I am lucky to have been able to work rurally for the majority of my career, from Mount Isa and the wild west of Queensland to Sunny Gunny (and many places in between). I love living on my small slice of paradise just outside of Gunnedah.

I am an approved icare Case Manager and enjoy the variety of OT and Case Management work.

Kate Moffatt
Kate Moffatt
Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) (University of Newcastle), Mental Health First Aid and Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Accreditation

Originally from a property east of Guyra, I recently relocated to the Gunnedah region. I completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle in 2019.

Since this time, I gained experience in the hospital setting, particularly in rehabilitation, working alongside patients to achieve their daily living goals where I developed an interest in neurological upper limb retraining undertaking Stroke Ed workshops.

Catherine Brabrook
Catherine Brabrook
Occupational Therapist
Ba Occupational Therapy

I am aregistered occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience working with community-based clients. I have spent all of my working life in rural NSW, withthe last 18 years in the New England North West. I live on a farm near Quirindi with my family and a menagerie of animals.

 

Myexperience lies in the areas of acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury,intellectual disability and chronic disease management. I particularly enjoyassisting people with sleep and fatigue management and to taking a creativeapproach to resolving issues related to rural and remote living.  

Jessica Stuart
Jessica Stuart
Occupational Therapist
Bachelor Of Occupational Therapy (The University Of Sydney)

I was raised in Narrabri Shire. I moved away to attend university andexplore work opportunities. I moved home to raise my family and work within mycommunity under the vast sky that is so beautiful and familiar to me.

I graduated in 2003. I have worked for NSW health in a Community Healthrole also gaining experience in rehabilitation and acute hospital work and alsohave worked for the Department of Ageing of Disability and Homecare. Prior tobecoming an OT I worked in support and care roles with adults with spinal cordinjuries.

Ellen Webster
Ellen Webster
Senior Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (University of Queensland), Graduate Certificate of Soft Tissue Injury Management (James Cook University)

I live with my family on a property between Gunnedah and Narrabri, and have worked in various OT roles in Tamworth and Gunnedah since moving here in 2011 from Queensland. I have an interest in assisting clients to engage in meaningful work-related goals and have held a number of roles related to workplace health and injury rehabilitation.

I also have experience as an OT working in the areas of case management, ergonomics and pain management, mental health, community health and hospital-based care settings.

*Ellen will be taking maternity leave in 2022 as her young family grows but looks forward to continuing to assist Focus on Function clients on her return.

WHERE WE GO

Areas We Cover

We are based in Gunnedah, NSW and cover a wide area throughout the North West including Narrabri, Manilla, Tamworth, Quirindi and everywhere in between.
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Tamworth

Gunnedah

Narrabi

Manilla

Quirindi