Positive Step was established in 2010 when Tamala Ranson and Kate Hatley took a leap of faith and started their own mobile private practice. With 40+ years of combined clinical experience, they identified a gap in the market for a senior occupational therapy service based in the community. They believe that working in the community can be extremely rewarding but also complex and diverse and requires significant clinical experience and knowledge.
Kate and Tamala are passionate about achieving great outcomes for the people they work with through excellent occupational therapy interventions, complex problem solving and exceptional communication throughout the process. They only employ senior occupational therapists with the same passion and drive. We pride ourselves on ‘going above and beyond’ for the people we work with.
Experienced Occupational Therapists (over 160 years of experience)
Positive Step is unique in that it ONLY employs experienced senior occupational therapists who are knowledgeable and highly skilled. All of our senior occupational therapists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (APHRA) and are dedicated to continuing professional development. Our extensive clinical experience enables us to cover a wide range of specialities, whether you are recovering from an illness, managing a disability or are in palliative or aged care. We are focused towards delivering a personally tailored service to meet your individual needs.
Tamala Ranson – BSc Occupational Therapy (1994)
Tamala is one of our principal Occupational Therapists. She was the first Occupational Therapist to lead an Occupational Therapy team in a West Australian Emergency Department and received a recognition of service award for “excellence and innovation in clinical practice”. Working in both England and America, she has developed a broad skill set to treat clients with complex diagnoses, within acute rehabilitation and community settings. She loves aged care, disability and rehabilitation, acquiring extensive skills in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation, Neurology and Palliative care. She has a keen interest in assistive technology and what that means for individuals. Her passion is to enable individuals to achieve their goals by working collaboratively.
Kate Hatley – BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (2000)
Kate is one of our principal occupational therapists and has worked in a variety of clinical settings in the UK, Ireland and Australia including hospital, community and rehabilitation. She is confident treating clients with a wide range of clinical conditions and complex needs. She has extensive experience of working with clients with Spinal Cord Injuries, physical disabilities and hearing loss. She has highly developed assessment and treatment skills and is passionate about occupational therapy and aims to achieve great functional outcomes for the people she works with. Kate is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly engages in training, courses and conferences, to ensure she delivers current, best practice.
Ashlee Cardey – BSc Occupational Therapy (2014)
Ashlee has a wealth of experience in the healthcare system, focusing on aged care, acute care and rehabilitation. She is able to assist clients who have complex diagnoses and those who have experienced significant trauma. Her skill set spans hand and upper limb rehabilitation, scar management, Spinal Cord Rehabilitation, wheelchair prescription and measurement of compression garments. She confidently supports clients with Neurological conditions, as well as Amputees and those with Spinal Cord Injuries to improve independence.
Caila Ihle – BSc Occupational Therapy (2009)
Caila’s passion lies in home modification, access and design. Caila’s expertise is in access and design, mental health and aged care working in both public health and in the community. She is completing a Diploma of Access Consulting as well as serving on several committees, including the Home Modifications and Environmental taskforce and the Aged Care Committee. Caila enjoys problem solving and finding creative ways to help her clients enjoy life.
Jacqui Lund – BSc Occupational Therapy (1989)
Jacqui has spent a significant amount of time working with clients who have complex clinical needs particularly in the field of vision impairment. Jacqui’s special interest areas are Parkinson’s Disease, Acquired Brain Injury, vision impairment, hearing loss and Autism. Well versed in advanced skills for teaching compensation strategies for visual field loss and the use of assisted technologies, application and smart devices, Jacqui aims to maximise independence and increase confidence.
Jess Chandler – BSc Occupational Therapy (2008)
Jess has developed a broad skill set obtained by working on a variety of caseloads in different hospitals and in the community. Jess has excellent clinical skills in functional assessment, rehabilitation, scar management, compression garment prescription and measurement. Jess strives for personal development, becoming a Lymphoedema Practitioner (Level 1) with further training on the horizon. Jess describes herself as a creative soul and enjoys the challenges that come with community Occupational Therapy work, as it requires the ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions. She is passionate about the role of Occupational Therapy in bringing meaning and fullness to the lives of the people she works with and believes strongly in taking a client centred approach.
Karen Daly – BSc Occupational Therapy (2002)
Karen has had a varied career starting in Scotland in the clinical areas of neurology, oncology, respiratory and aged care. After moving to Australia in 2011 she has focused on working with people with neurological conditions. Her recent roles have provided her with an abundance of experience in specialist assistive technology, complex seating and postural needs, powered wheelchairs and complex home modifications. Karen has a genuine passion for supporting individuals to achieve their goals and working together to realise potential.
Kate Miller – BSc Occupational Therapy (2013)
Working in acute hospital settings, vocational rehabilitation and aged care, Kate has gathered vast experience in the community disability sector and has a robust working knowledge of the NDIS and other insurance schemes. Kate has a keen interest in neurological disorders and rehabilitation. Her highly developed skills in upper limb and cognitive rehabilitation, complex equipment prescription, home and vehicle modifications and innovative assistive technology maximises independence for people in home and the community.
Kristy White – BSc Occupational Therapy (2001)
With significant clinical experience in public health and in the community, Kirsty has developed an extensive knowledge of physical rehabilitation and has worked predominately with people with spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, amputations, chronic health conditions and the elderly. Seeking to problem solve any situation, Kirsty aims to achieve the best solutions to optimise independence, enabling her clients to achieve their goals.
Michelle Tran – Administration Assistant
Michelle has been our friendly and helpful administration assistant for over 2 years and has over 17 years of experience working in administrative roles.
Gina Giannopoulos – Accounts
Gina has been doing the bookkeeping and accounts for Positive Step Occupational Therapy since 2012. She has over 20 years of bookkeeping experience and is a Registered BAS Agent with a Cert IV in Financial Services.
If you would like to discuss how our experienced occupational therapists can help you, please contact us.
08 9341 7300
0417 978 643