Tarryn Bracken – Senior Practitioner

Tarryn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a Key Word Sign Presenter and State Trainer for Key Word Sign NSW. She has several years’ experience in government services, providing speech pathology services to people of all ages with Complex Communication Needs and Dysphagia. She has held senior positions overseeing teams of clinicians, managing services and taking a role in development of services.

As Senior Practitioner, Tarryn’s priority is to ensure clinical staff are well supported to do their role, through coaching, mentoring and support

Amy Callaghan – Speech Pathologist

Amy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), certified in the Dysphagia Disorder Survey and Dysphagia Management Staging Scale, has trained in Connect Therapy and Hanen programs.

Amy has local and international experience, working in a wide range of settings including public health services, community settings and private practices. Her clinical experience includes children with Severe Specific Speech, Language and Communication Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and those requiring Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems.

Amy has a strong passion for providing holistic assessment and intervention with a whole team approach. She enjoys supporting people reach their communication potential through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and developing early interaction and language skills.

Amy is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Kate Bruton – Speech Pathologist

Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology). She has extensive national and international experience working within the disability sector as a Speech Pathologist. Kate’s expertise includes working with Adults, and people transitioning into adulthood, who have been identified as having a Learning Disability and or a diagnosis of Autism. Her work focus includes conducting functional assessments of people’s communication skills and identifying suitable Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. Kate also specialises in the treatment and management of dysphagia.

Kate is accredited by the Ministry of Justice (UK) to work as a Registered Intermediary; a role which supports vulnerable victims in providing evidence to police and courts. Kate plans to utilise this skill as this program develops in Australia.

Kate is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a Member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Ruth Went – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ruth is a Disability Trained Registered Nurse and a qualified Trainer with a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

With over 32 years in the sector, Ruth has extensive expertise in accommodation services and clinical teams. As the Convenor of the Restricted Practices Panel at The Disability Trust; Ruth monitors and approves the use of Restrictive Practices. Ruth provides a range of quality training packages for many organisations across the sector, on various topics related to complex health care needs for people living with disability.

Ruth has a passion for supporting people to reach their individual goals and fulfil their aspirations through her work in supporting complex health issues and behavioural needs. Ruth is a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, with AHPRA- Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Ashlee Tronerud – Occupational Therapist

Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Coaching Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy. She is a NDIS registered provider of Home Modification Recommendations.

Ashlee’ experience includes working in aged care, to ensure safety and maximise engagement and inclusion for the residents. She is now applying these skills within the Disability Sector. Investigating sensory preferences and how they can help reduce agitation and increase engagement in life is a focus for Ashlee. Assisting people to be as engaged in their own lives as possible through choice, education and meaningful occupations is what Ashlee strives for through her work.

Ashlee is registered with AHPRA- Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Evelyn Ireland – Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Evelyn’s experience supporting people with a disability exceeds 17 years and includes a variety of roles in both government and non-government agencies.   She has many years experience providing behaviour support services for people with a disability and complex behavioural presentations including people living with mental health diagnosis and children/young people in out-of-home care.  Working within positive behaviour support and trauma informed frameworks, Evelyn has extensive experience conducting behaviour assessments, developing behaviour support plans, and service model assessments.

Evelyn has a keen interest in training and has developed and delivered a number of training packages to suit individual needs.   She has convened restricted practices panels and is a strong advocate for upholding the rights of the people she supports.

Evelyn embraces a person centred and strengths based approach in her work, with a strong focus on understanding the person she is working with and the system supporting them.

Evelyn is a qualified teacher – holding a Bachelor of Art Education, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and  currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced).

Elise Ball – Behaviour Support Practitioner

Elly has achieved qualifications in Childcare, a Diploma of Community Services and a Diploma of Counselling. She is currently completing a Bachelor or Psychology. Her organisational experience includes In-Home Care, Respite, Sports and Recreation, Shared Accommodation and Trusted Clinical Services.

Elly loves the diversity of her role as Behaviour Support Practitioner and has interests in sexual health, complex needs and working with children and their families. Her person centred approach to her work is a priority, and she strives to work from a strengths based perspective.

Amy Carroll – Exercise Physiologist

Amy holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Honours and is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Amy has worked with The Disability Trust for almost time during which time she assisted with the development of Fitness4All. Fitness4All is a not for profit branch of The Disability Trust where we provide exercise assessments, personal training and group training classes in a fun and supportive environment.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Amy visit clients at their home or in the Fitness 4 All gym and provides them with appropriate exercises to help them better their overall health and well-being.

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