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OT Services

At Independent Living Specialists (ILS) we pride ourselves on employing Occupational Therapist’s (OT’s), who specialise in assistive technology and equipment prescription. Our OT’s are available to offer clinical advice and support in a variety of ways including general advice and recommendations, private consultation, products demonstration and trials and educational in-services and training. These services are available for the private client through to clinicians, therapists and care and support advisors.

Where a client may require further assessment to identify their needs, and an in-home equipment assessment is required, our OT’s are all nationally registered and available for, one-off, fee for service assessments, by referral only.

Please contact us today to discuss the most suitable service for your needs and location.

ILS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

DANA SARTORI NATIONAL DIVISION MANAGER - COMMUNITY/OT

My role involves facilitating education for clinical staff across a variety of inpatient, community and nursing home settings by conducting educational in-servicing, as well as supporting fellow Occupational Therapists and prescribing clinicians. email Dana at dana@ilsau.com.au

YVETTE MACMORLAND NATIONAL PRESSURE CARE MANAGER

As the National Pressure Care Manager for ILS, I specialise in pressure injury prevention and treatment through the use of pressure therapy devices. I specialise in the Talley mattress replacement systems that are on QLD, NSW and SA government contracts. email Yvette at yvette@ilsau.com.au

ANJA HAUENSCHILD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR VICTORIA

My experience is varied, but primarily focussed on community based physical rehabilitation and falls prevention. I believe that providing expert information and advice for people to make informed decisions about their needs is vital in maximising independence and safety with everyday activities. email Anja at anja@ilsau.com.au

NATALIE HITTI OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND SYDNEY TEAM LEADER/ACCOUNT MANAGER SYDNEY INNER WEST & EASTERN SUBURBS

As an Occupational Therapist, I strive to assist people in regaining or maximising their independence with meaningful activities. My role at ILS involves providing education and clinical recommendations to prescribing clinicians, individuals and their families in order to reach their unique goals. My background as an OT includes experience in an orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation setting. email Natalie at natalieh@ilsau.com.au

MICHAEL PORTELLI OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER WESTERN SYDNEY REGION

My role as an Occupational Therapist at ILS is to work collaboratively with prescribing clinicians, clients and their carers/ families to provide easy to understand clinical reasoning which helps facilitate the trialling and prescription of suitable assistive technologies and equipment. As an Occupational Therapist I focus on improving a client’s functional outcomes and maximising their independence, whilst also maintaining their safety. My clinical skill set has been developed through previous experience within the Australian residential Aged Care sector. Email Michael at michael.portelli@ilsau.com.au

RACHEL NAYLOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER UPPER NORTHERN REGION

My role as an Occupational Therapist at ILS is to empower and support clients in reaching maximum function and independence within the home and community environments by providing education and expertise in equipment and assistive technology to individuals, families and prescribing clinicians. My background includes work within Paediatrics and Work Rehabilitation. email Rachel at rachel@ilsau.com.au

AMY TODD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER SOUTH WEST SYDNEY REGION

As an Occupational Therapist, I help to enable people in their home and community environments to be as independent as possible, as well as helping carers and family and fellow allied health and nursing staff in this process. My experience as an OT varies from large hospital settings to more rural and remote community settings. I have most recently worked as an OT in the community setting, where I feel my passion lies, assisting people to achieve their goals in everyday living. Email Amy at amy.todd@ilsau.com.au

LOUISE VELLA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER GREATER WEST SYDNEY & BLUE MOUNTAINS

As an OT I have worked in various settings, including; paediatrics, physical disability, residential aged care and most recently in Occupational Rehabilitation on the defence account. My role at ILS is to provide clinical equipment support and advice to individuals, families and prescribing clinicians. Throughout my experience I have always valued the opportunity to make a positive impact by working collaboratively with clients and/ or with their personal and professional supports to determine a meaningful goal, to ultimately facilitate the client to live a more independent and quality lifestyle. Email Louise at louise.vella@ilsau.com.au

JACINDA MCLAUGHLIN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST TERRITORY MANAGER FOR VICTORIA

My role as an Occupational Therapist at ILS is to support clinicians and equipment users to find the equipment that suits their individual needs and goals. I am passionate about assisting people to be independent and safe within the community and home environment. As an Occupational Therapist I have worked with a variety of patients within hospital, community and Occupational Rehabilitation settings with a primary focus on Physical and neurological rehabilitation. email Jacinda at jacinda.mclaughlin@ilsau.com.au

ANNE MCINTOSH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR SA

I am delighted to join Independent Living Specialists (ILS) and align with the ILS vision of assisting clients in finding the “right fit” with equipment which promotes quality, independent living. My experience as an Occupational Therapist includes clinical work in the U.K., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia with serious (complex) injuries and most recently in occupational rehabilitation. I have a strong background in provision of functional solutions aimed at assisting people in living their best lives.Email Anne at anne.mcintosh@ilsau.com.au

STEWART MCDONAGH ILS REHAB BUSINESS MANAGER

At ILS Rehab we specialise in Seating & Mobility. We have a dynamic & motivated team who provide a diverse range of clinical & technical knowledge ensuring positive outcomes for our customers.As an Occupational Therapist it is great to be part of a company that is compassionate, customer centred & provides a holistic approach to their support of individuals living with a medical condition or disability. Email Stewart at stewart@ilsau.com.au

JUSTIN BOULOS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ SEATING SPECIALIST-SYDNEY

I am an energetic and dedicated Occupational Therapist who enjoys working with clients and their families to provide optimal functional outcomes. I have a keen interest in the seating and mobility industry and have been working in this field since before I graduated from University. I love finding creative ways to make sure every client gets the most out of their mobility product, and look good while they do it! Tell me your goals and I will make sure they come first – everything else comes second! Email Justin at justin@ilsau.com.au

SAM HOLT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ SEATING SPECIALIST - QLD

It is a privilege to be providing my experience and skills here at ILS. I strongly believe in the importance of enhancing and enabling individuals to participate and engage in their daily activities. I am motivated to utilise my clinical expertise by providing optimal solutions to client’s day to day needs, as well as my specialisation in scripted mobility. I am available to complete assessments, in-home equipment trials and consultancy in order to best equip an individual to live as independently as possible.Email Sam at sam@ilsau.com.au

CHRIS DENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST / PHYSIOTHERAPIST / SEATING SPECIALIST

I am very excited to bring my experience and skills to ILS in their wheelchair and seating consultant position across Northern NSW. I have a strong belief that high quality wheelchairs and seating products can greatly enhance client’s mobility, lifestyle, health and participation in the community. It gives me great pleasure matching every client with the right products, by providing high quality assessments, trials and consultancy to achieve the best outcome for the client. Email Chris at chris@ilsau.com.au

ANDREW LOPAZ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ SEATING SPECIALIST-SYDNEY

As an occupational therapist, I have always believed in listening and understanding client and family goals to achieve the best possible outcomes. I have had the privilege to work in a number of different clinical settings including paediatrics, occupational rehabilitation and as a community occupational therapist. My role at ILS involves the prescription of mobility and seating solutions to facilitate everyday comfort, function and independence. Email Andrew at andrew.lopez@ilsau.com.au

MONIQUE BEUTUM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ SEATING SPECIALIST - QLD

As an occupational therapist, I have always believed in listening and understanding client and family goals to achieve the best possible outcomes. I have had the privilege to work in a number of different clinical settings including paediatrics, occupational rehabilitation and as a community occupational therapist. My role at ILS involves the prescription of mobility and seating solutions to facilitate everyday comfort, function and independence.Email Monique at monique@ilsau.com.au