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Louise Whitton


My main business location is:

Gunnedah NSW 2380, Australia

I also work in these areas:

Tamworth, Narrabri and all towns in between

Do I offer services online?

Yes

Type of provider

  • Occupational therapy

I have experience supporting people with:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism
  • Blindness or vision impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Health related disability
  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurological disability
  • Physical disability
  • Psychosocial disability
  • Spinal cord injury

More information about my experience:

We are a team of OTs with a high level of experience with adults with a variety of disabilities. We have extensive experience in assessing complex needs devising comprehensive reports to assist with applications to funding bodies (such as NDIA), including:- Minor, complex and major home modifications.- Off the shelf and customized assistive technology, including beds, mattress, manual and power wheelchairs and many other AT items.- Functional assessments to explore what would work best for a person, their family and carers.- Supported Independent Living (SIL) assessments and reports for people who are new to SIL, existing to SIL or considering this as an option.- Comprehensive assessment and report in Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA). Working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the NDIS has a very comprehensive picture of the participants needs and goals.

I have skills working with:

  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People in hospital
  • People living in or at risk of entering residential aged care
  • People seeking mainstream housing
  • People seeking specialist disability accommodation (SDA)
  • People who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • People who are LGBTIQ+
  • People with ageing or seriously ill parents/family
  • People with high and complex health needs
  • Support workers - including meeting their training needs

My formal qualifications and professional memberships include:

We are all Australian trained OT.
The current team consists of OTs who all have over 10 years experience.
We are all members of Occupational therapy Australia.
We are all registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

I have attended the following UpSkill training workshop(s):

A little bit more about me:

Focus on Function was founded in 2021.
I am the founder and director of Focus on Function.
The aim was to create a great service, based locally, to provide a high quality and collaborative occupational therapy service to adults with a variety of disabilities.

Prior to becoming and OT I worked as a support worker with adults with intellectual disabilities. I loved this job and it is still one of my all time favorite jobs!
I have 16 years of OT experience, working with a adults with a variety of disabilities in rural NSW.
Over the last 8 years I have worked as a sole trader, providers services under the NDIA and other funding bodies.

I love living in Gunnedah and feel it is a great place to raise our 3 children. It is a beautiful community with lots of wonderful people!

My professional values are:

I have a passion for high quality, client centered, problem solving service provision. I love working with everyone involved, with the participant the main driver, to ensure great outcomes for the participant.

It is essential to listen to peoples experiences, preferences and goals. It is essential to listen to feedback of others involved to ensure that we have the full picture.

It is imperative to ensure the assessment process and structure is tailored to meet the participants needs. We take the time to get to know the participant and how best to work with the participant and everyone involved.

It important we stay up to date with the funding bodies requirements and how we can marry this up with the participants needs and goals.


Personal Details


Registered NDIS service provider:

I am not a registered NDIS service provider.

Please note: Your NDIS plan must be self-managed or plan-managed to use this provider. This provider is not registered with the NDIS Commission.

ABN:

11646700101

Contact Number:

0418 472 085

Organisation:

Focus on Function

Availability:

I currently have a waitlist