Meet your
Team

Meet your Team

Jane Galvin,

Principal Occupational Therapist

Jane is an experienced occupational therapist who has particular expertise supporting children with neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury. Jane enjoys working with children at home, at school, or in the community, and is focused on providing evidence-based therapy, to support children and young people to participate in self-care, play and work/ school-based activities.

Since the commencement of NDIS, Jane has also developed expertise in supporting people to transition to independent living, through supporting assessment of eligibility for SDA or other housing options.

Jane has worked in the U.S, the U.K and at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for over 20 years before switching to private practice in 2017.

Kathy Newton,

Clinical Lead

Kathy has than 30 years’ direct clinical experience as a paediatric OT, including 22 years at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and 5 years with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) at the Angliss Hospital. Although the main focus of her clinical experience has been neurological conditions – including acquired brain injury, brain cancers and cerebral palsy – Kathy has also provided early intervention services for children through RCH and Yooralla. Kathy also has a special interest in positive intervention for children with handwriting difficulties.

Kathy has spent the last five years as Team Leader for one of Eastern Health’s Community Rehabilitation programs. This leadership role has given Kathy the opportunity to develop mentoring and coaching skills in addition to developing her working knowledge of clinical governance – a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of client care.

In all areas of her work, Kathy is committed to the provision of OT services that respect and support families and whose interventions are informed by best and evidence-based practice. Because in the end, that is what we all want for our own families.

For Participate OT, this means engaging in quality improvement activities relevant to the role of a NDIS registered provider. Kathy is also committed to ensuring that OTs working with Participate OT receive high quality evidence based clinical supervision endorsed by OT Australia.

Emma Parfitt,

Occupational Therapist

After graduating as an occupational therapist from University of South Australia, Emma moved to the UK to embark on her career. Since then she has worked for over 20 years in the public health services in the UK, Tasmania and Melbourne, providing high level rehabilitation and acute services.

Emma is dedicated to supporting children develop their skills and abilities through a strengths-based approach and is known for her committed and caring approach to those she works with. She values connections between the children and families she works with, and enjoys exploring fun, creative ways to support development and learning of new skills.

Emma loves spending time with her family and being outdoors – walking up mountains and trying to stay fit as well as a passion for travel and exploring new parts of the world.

Naomi Clayton ,

Occupational Therapy Assistant

With a degree in Early Childhood Education, Naomi brings over 15 years of experience working with children and their families in in-home childcare and disability support worker settings. With a passion for fostering warm, respectful, and fun connections, Naomi values nurturing children’s interests and abilities to boost their confidence and facilitate their growth and exploration during the formative early years.

Naomi completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance in 2023 and joined the Participate OT team as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at the beginning of 2024.
Naomi is dedicated to establishing collaborative relationships with families and assisting children and young adults to develop new skills at home, school or in the community and be positively supported in a flexible, enjoyable, and safe environment.

Naomi enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, and bike riding and cherishes time with family and friends, camping and playing card and board games.

Bridget Maher,

Allied Health Assistant

Bridget is an Allied Health Assistant who is in her 3rd year of studying Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University.

At Participate OT, Bridget works with children and young people on goals related to independent living and community participation. Bridget enjoys working with children and young adults and has worked with people who have a range of skills and needs. Bridget hopes to specialise in disability or physical rehabilitation when she finishes her OT degree.

Bridget is currently working to support the work of OT programs through supporting practice of skills such as cooking, catching public transport, managing daily routines, and tying shoelaces.

Josh Anderson,

Allied Health Assistant

Josh is currently in his 4th year at LaTrobe University studying Occupational Therapy.

Working as a disability support worker Josh currently has experience working with children, particularly those with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Within this role Josh assists clients with social participation and community access as well as increasing independence in the home environment.

At ParticipateOT, Josh provides support for writing and developing SDA reports

Jane Galvin
Jane GalvinPrincipal Occupational Therapist
Jane is an experienced occupational therapist who has particular expertise supporting children with neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury. Jane enjoys working with children at home, at school, or in the community, and is focused on providing evidence-based therapy, to support children and young people to participate in self-care, play and work/ school-based activities.

Since the commencement of NDIS, Jane has also developed expertise in supporting people to transition to independent living, through supporting assessment of eligibility for SDA or other housing options.

Jane has worked in the U.S, the U.K and at The Royal Children’s Hospital in
Melbourne for over 20 years before switching to private practice in 2017.

Kathy Newton
Kathy NewtonClinical Lead
Kathy has than 30 years’ direct clinical experience as a paediatric OT, including 22 years at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and 5 years with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) at the Angliss Hospital. Although the main focus of her clinical experience has been neurological conditions – including acquired brain injury, brain cancers and cerebral palsy – Kathy has also provided early intervention services for children through RCH and Yooralla. Kathy also has a special interest in positive intervention for children with handwriting difficulties.

Kathy has spent the last five years as Team Leader for one of Eastern Health’s Community Rehabilitation programs. This leadership role has given Kathy the opportunity to develop mentoring and coaching skills in addition to developing her working knowledge of clinical governance – a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of client care.

In all areas of her work, Kathy is committed to the provision of OT services that respect and support families and whose interventions are informed by best and evidence-based practice. Because in the end, that is what we all want for our own families.

For Participate OT, this means engaging in quality improvement activities relevant to the role of a NDIS registered provider. Kathy is also committed to ensuring that OTs working with Participate OT receive high quality evidence based clinical supervision endorsed by OT Australia.

Emma Parfitt
Emma ParfittOccupational Therapist
After graduating as an occupational therapist from University of South Australia, Emma moved to the UK to embark on her career. Since then she has worked for over 20 years in the public health services in the UK, Tasmania and Melbourne, providing high level rehabilitation and acute services.

Emma is dedicated to supporting children develop their skills and abilities through a strengths-based approach and is known for her committed and caring approach to those she works with. She values connections between the children and families she works with, and enjoys exploring fun, creative ways to support development and learning of new skills.

Emma loves spending time with her family and being outdoors – walking up mountains and trying to stay fit as well as a passion for travel and exploring new parts of the world.

Naomi Clayton
Naomi ClaytonOccupational Therapy Assistant
With a degree in Early Childhood Education, Naomi brings over 15 years of experience working with children and their families in in-home childcare and disability support worker settings. With a passion for fostering warm, respectful, and fun connections, Naomi values nurturing children’s interests and abilities to boost their confidence and facilitate their growth and exploration during the formative early years.

Naomi completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance in 2023 and joined the Participate OT team as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at the beginning of 2024.
Naomi is dedicated to establishing collaborative relationships with families and assisting children and young adults to develop new skills at home, school or in the community and be positively supported in a flexible, enjoyable, and safe environment.

Naomi enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, and bike riding and cherishes time with family and friends, camping and playing card and board games.

Bridget Maher
Bridget MaherAllied Health Assistant
Bridget is an Allied Health Assistant who is in her 3rd year of studying Occupational Therapy at Australian Catholic University.

At Participate OT, Bridget works with children and young people on goals related to independent living and community participation. Bridget enjoys working with children and young adults and has worked with people who have a range of skills and needs. Bridget hopes to specialise in disability or physical rehabilitation when she finishes her OT degree.

Bridget is currently working to support the work of OT programs through supporting practice of skills such as cooking, catching public transport, managing daily routines, and tying shoelaces.

Josh Anderson
Josh AndersonAllied Health Assistant
Josh is currently in his 4th year at LaTrobe University studying Occupational Therapy.

Working as a disability support worker Josh currently has experience working with children, particularly those with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Within this role Josh assists clients with social participation and community access as well as increasing independence in the home environment.

At ParticipateOT, Josh provides support for writing and developing SDA reports.

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