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May 2022

Kate’s Move to Sunny Gunny and Focus on Function

Our newest Occupational Therapist, Kate, shares her story and experience moving to Gunnedah and starting at Focus On Function.

I grew up on a property east of Guyra with my Dad, Mum, older sister and younger brother. I have always had an interest in farming, sport, community and caring for others. I decided to study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) as I wanted to have a career in health science and heard about the lack of and need for OTs particularly in rural and regional areas. I studied at the University of Newcastle for four years and loved my time in the city while I was there however, I was ready to return to the wide open spaces. I was lucky enough to start my career as an OT working at Armidale Hospital. I was supported by a brilliant, creative, and caring bunch of OTs in this role. I gained experience working mostly with rehabilitation, surgical and medical patients. Even though I really enjoyed my time working at the hospital I found it was time to relocate to Sunny Gunny to be with my partner who is a farmer in the region.

The OT world is full of go-getters. Word got around that I was moving to Gunnedah and I received a phone call from a Louise Whitton. Lou introduced herself and her new OT company ‘Focus on Function’ to me. Lou was extremely warm and welcoming. I was very inspired by her vision of developing a solid OT service to provide great outcomes for NDIS participants in the region. I met with Lou and the lovely team and wanted to come on board!

I commenced working full time for Focus on Function in January this year. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can make a significant difference to adults with disabilities in my community. I am learning that there is a huge number of people on the NDIS who need OT input and that our service is valuable and appreciated. I have been travelling from Gunnedah to Tamworth, Narrabri and Tambar Springs to see participants and will soon be adding Coonabarabran to this list.

I am loving living in this area especially the warmer weather and friendly people. I am enjoying the balance of applying my OT skills through the week and helping on the farm on the weekends. I am excited about our future at Focus on Function. I know we will keep expanding and be able to provide a quality service to more people in need. My goal is to continue expanding my competence working in the field of the NDIS. I am striving to assist participants with more complex needs such as supported independent living, supported disability accommodation, and specialised assistive technology.

Focus on Function wishes to extend a warm welcome to Kate, to our area and to our team.

Focus on Function is always on the lookout for new team members. For more information about careers with us, view our Careers page.

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