Hi, my name is Alison and I’m one of the newest starters here at Melbourne Hand Therapy.
I have been working as an occupational therapist since graduating from University College Cork, Ireland in 2018.
I developed a love for upper limb rehab and hand therapy since my final year clinical placement working in Waterford University Hospital.
I graduated with First Degree Hons and shortly afterwards went on to complete further education in hands by completed The British Association of hand Therapy Level 1 course, in London.
I then went on to work in Tullamore Regional Hospital in the Midlands of Ireland for 3 years. During this time, I gained experience in delivering hand therapy services for patients who had experienced stroke and ABI, I worked closely with surgeons specialising in hand and upper limb post-operative care, and also provided outpatient services to people living with chronic hand conditions within the community. A particular experience I value during this time was leading a group therapy program for people living with arthritis of the hands.
I moved to Australia in 2020, where I then worked providing community based OT services to NDIS participants. My speciality was in Assistive technology and providing services to people living with physical and intellectual disabilities.
I am very pleased to have found a home at Melbourne Hand therapy and be part of such a dynamic team of professionals.
I offer a passion for connecting with patients and being a part of their individual recovery journey as well as developing therapy programmes that fit with patients’ life roles and routines. I also have a qualification in Matwork Pilates which helps inform exercise programs.
Outside of work you can find me escaping to the sea or the mountains, reading a good book or when I’m feeling creative, painting wildlife.