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NDIS Provider No.   4050031659
 

About Us


At Coast Rehab we have an extensive range of experience in the field of disability and rehabilitation. We have local knowledge of facilities and opportunities within the Central Coast Region and pride ourselves on working in collaboration with local care providers and service organisations to maximise intervention outcomes. We welcome referrals from general practitioners, allied health professionals, support coordinators, case managers, family members or individuals.


Peta Hardy - Occupational Therapist


Peta Hardy is the founding director of Coast Rehab and an experienced therapist with over 30 years’ experience in the disability sector. She is passionate about creating a team of innovative and skilled clinicians to support people living with disabilities on the Central Coast. Prior to establishing Coast Rehab Peta worked at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance with children and adults with cerebral palsy and allied neurological conditions. She developed a special interest in powered wheelchair mobility and has published and presented on this topic at state and national levels.

Peta now leads a multidisciplinary team of therapists and continues to work with people with motor neurone disease and other neurological conditions. She has a strong commitment to developing knowledge in the field of assistive technology to enable people with physical disabilities to meaningfully engage in valued life tasks and roles.



Sally Chaplin – Physiotherapist


Sally is a neuro physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in delivering high quality services to people with disabilities including cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, progressive neurological disorders (including MND, MS and PD) and palliative care.   

Sally can assist with reducing falls, managing pain and even getting into hydrotherapy. Sally is an excellent communicator who believes in a multidisciplinary team approach to assisting people achieve their goals.  



Ilne Lombard - Occupational Therapist


Ilne is located in our Toukley office and provides services in the northern region of the Central Coast.   She qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2004. Ilne has worked in a range of clinical settings in South Africa, England and Australia and has experience in community, acute care, palliative care, elderly rehabilitation and aged care.

Ilne has an interest in manual handling and obtained her Moving and Handling: Preparation for trainers (training the trainers) qualification at Greenwich University in 2010. She formulates and delivers a holistic and comprehensive individual occupational therapy intervention plan based on evidence-based practice using clinical assessments, problem solving skills, reasoning skills and knowledge of current intervention strategies.



Kristin Dickson - Occupational Therapist


Kristin qualified as an occupational therapist in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1986. She has worked in a variety of settings in Scotland, England and Australia in acute care, national assessment centres and rehabilitation centres, including in spinal cord injury and brain injury units. She has also spent many years working in workplace injury management.

Kristin has experience in providing case management services and is an approved case manager with Lifetime Care and Support.

Kristin takes a holistic approach to her work incorporating her varied experience, knowledge and interests, which includes yoga, in the services she provides.

Kristin is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).



Joanne Cini - Dietitian



Joanne is an Accredited Practising Dietitian graduating with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Joanne joins our team with over 17yrs of practice and has experience in a wide range of clinical areas including neurology, palliative care, oncology, renal, diabetes, heart health, respiratory disease, gastroenterology, surgical, ICU and food allergy/intolerance. Having worked in both public and private institutions and more recently the private sector she has a good understanding of the health system and extensive experience working within a multidisciplinary team. Her service extends outside of hospital wards to include outpatient clinics, group education programs and community home based consultations. She has extensive experience in neurological disorders such as Stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s as well as Rehabilitation and Transitional Care. With a strong interest and background in nutrition support and enteral feeding she will be able to provide our clients with expert advice on meeting their nutritional needs with the assistance of oral supplements and supplemental/PEG feeding. She is focused on providing evidenced based practice and a high quality caring service.


Caroline Ayres - Admin & Accounts


Caroline has lived on the Central Coast for the last 20 years ago, moving up from Sydney to enjoy the ‘coastie’ lifestyle. With a husband and two teenage daughters, life is busy but she enjoys the challenge of learning new skills.

Having worked as a PA for most of her career, recently gaining a Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting, Caroline brings many varied skills to Coast Rehab and has embraced learning all about therapy for people with disabilities and how we help people to achieve a better quality of life and the ability to re-engage in the local community.

Deirdre Flanagan - Occupational Therapist


Deirdre is an occupational therapist who qualified in 1998 from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Deirdre has extensive experience providing assessment and intervention services for people with neurological conditions. This includes specialty skills in assistive equipment prescription, complex wheelchair seating and positioning, pressure care, manual handling, and SDA prescription. Deirdre is passionate about quality service development and advocacy for the role of occupational therapy in assisting people with disabilities to achieve their goals. As a team leader Deirdre supports our clinical team to expand and develop our clinical knowledge and evidence-based practices.



Hollie Holland - Occupational Therapist


Hollie is an occupational therapist who qualified in 2011 from La Trobe University. Hollie supports many of our most complex clients who have spinal cord injuries, progressive neurological disorders and complex physical disabilities. She has a strong commitment to professional development with speciality skills in seating, manual and powered mobility, bed assessments and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) assessments. She regularly attends industry specific training, webinars and conferences to keep skills updated and be on top of advances in assistive technology. Hollie is also a dedicated fieldwork supervisor for the students who regularly join our team.  Hollie is a member of ARATA (Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association).



Erin McDowell – Occupational Therapist


Erin was born in South Africa and has lived on the Central Coast for most of her life.   She has a passion for travel and adventure having travelled through Europe and parts of Asia.  Erin has combined her interests by volunteering to work with children and adults with disabilities in both Vietnam and Thailand.

     

Erin has a broad range of experience and a particular interest in supporting people with progressive neurological conditions.  She loves linking people with assistive technology and strategies to help them live their best lives.



Paul Hurst – Occupational Therapist


Paul is an occupational therapist who qualified in 1995 at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Since then, he has worked in New Zealand and Australia. Paul has extensive experience in working with people with traumatic and acquired brain injury both in Australia and overseas and has completed a Master of Health Science in Rehab Studies at Otago University in 2017. Paul has particular clinical interests in cognitive rehabilitation and enabling self-management.  He moved to the Central Coast from Sydney where he worked with people post stroke and the elderly in the out-patients and community rehab teams at Royal Rehab.



Claudine Glover - Physiotherapist


Claudine graduated in 1998 from Sydney University. She has since worked in a wide variety clinical settings from the acute hospital to the community setting and has worked in Sydney, regional NSW and overseas however has spent the majority of her life living and working on the Central Coast.

Claudine particularly enjoys working with people who are living with chronic, age-related or neurological conditions which may impact on their mobility, fitness, community engagement, participation and hence enjoyment of life. Her approach is client centred – aiming to provide education and therapy that can assist clients achieve their mobility goals in a safe and supported manner.

Claudine’s range of experience includes working with people stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, MND, amputation and a wide range of other conditions. She can provide thorough physiotherapy assessment, individualised therapy programs, advice on mobility within the home including appropriate aids. She can also provide training and education for carers. She values the importance of being part of the expert allied health team at Coast Rehab to facillitate the best outcomes for clients.

Claudine is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).



Chrisi McCumstie - Speech Therapist



Chrisi is an experienced Speech Pathologist with a special interest in neurological disorders impacting speech, language and swallowing. Chrisi provides assessment and intervention for adults with neurological disorders, such as stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's. She is committed to providing client-centred, evidence based intervention to people who are experiencing difficulties with their speech, language or swallowing, and offering support and education to both clients and their families. Chrisi also has an extensive knowledge of augmentative communication systems for people who are losing their speech. Chrisi is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a member of Australian Aphasia Association and Motor Neurone Disease Australia.
 


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