Richard brings a deep breadth of professional and personal life experiences to working with individuals and families involved in occupational therapy and other allied health services.
Over the last 6 years while studying, Richard has worked as a support worker alongside adults and teens with a disability with a range of diagnosis including, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and functional capacity issues, respectively. This included employment support, physical and mental health support, transport, aquatics therapy, music and speech therapy support, outdoor recreation/cycling, Spanish language skills, reading/writing, shopping, cooking and home domestic support.
Recently, Richard completed his University professional practices at a community health centre for children with a disability and undertook a research project on dementia; was hands on at an outdoor adventure organisation supporting both adult leaders and young people with behavioural challenges, in addition to music therapy for adults living with chronic pain; and managed patients recovering from stroke, tumours and head injuries at a leading rehabilitation hospital neurological ward.
In his early 20’s he spent almost a decade working directly with clients as a drug & alcohol worker, Lifeline counsellor and integrating youth with mainstream community services – capped by a NSW Premier’s Award in the late 1990’s.
A mid-life career in marketing and communications within the health, federal government and not-for profit sectors came to an end when he found occupational therapy as the career that brought it all together!
You can expect Richard to fully engage and build confidence with those seeking support.
AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist OCC0002731668.
Member, Occupational Therapy Australia 2023.
Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Canberra 2023.
Master of Business Administration (Marketing), 2004.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), 1990.