Jess, or JP, as she is affectionately known by our team, is an Occupational Therapist within The Potential Ability Group in the Evolving Potential department, working across the Riverland and Mallee regions and completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy at Flinders University in 2019.
JP chose to work with us, as servicing her hometown is a passion near and dear to her heart. JP believes working with local children is just as rewarding as it is challenging, and this role gives her the opportunity to support her local community through providing a service that is typically difficult to access within a rural setting.
A passion for working with children and young adults is the driving force for her work, she has previously worked in the paediatric setting within the Riverland, and while on university placements, JP worked within neurological rehabilitation, and in India for paediatric inpatients within the neonatal intensive care unit.
JP’s areas of interest are particularly around family centered care and mental health – after all it takes a village! JP is passionate about advocating for children and families of young people living with disability to have equal access to care and opportunities to be able to reach their potential and live fulfilled and successful lives, and loves being able to connect with families and children to support them to reach their potential. JP says, ‘I love helping kids to find their confidence and their voice, to be able to participate in the activities and the dreams that they choose’.
In her own time, JP is passionate about Pilates – being an instructor at a local Physiotherapy studio and also loves spending time with family and enjoying some down time, including exploring, spending time on the river, reading and enjoying the perks of living in the Riverland!