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Meet Lilian!

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May 2020

Meet Lilian!

Lilian is one of our fabulous Dieticians who works in Residential Aged Care facilities across Adelaide, SA. Lilian commenced as a new graduate Dietician with us in early 2019 and has become a central part of our dietetics team! We were lucky enough to steal some of her time to hear what her job is like and what her favourite part of it is as...

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The challenges of working as an Occupational Therapist

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May 2020

The challenges of working as an Occupational Therapist

By Samantha Shannahan I love being an Occupational Therapist. I hope you have gathered this from my previous posts. But the reality is that being an OT is not all sunshine and rainbows! The two challenging areas I want to focus are dealing with Death and Emotional Exhaustion. As OTs, we dedicate our time and energy to assist someone else to achieve their goals, but...

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Wihanli’s Crazy Fridays!

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May 2020

Wihanli’s Crazy Fridays!

We are lucky enough to have incredible people in our team who genuinely want to see positive change in the lives of others. One of those people is Wihanli, an Occupational Therapist in Warrnambool, Victoria! You may have seen some of Wihanli’s photos showcased on our social media and today, we bring you the story of her Crazy Fridays (as well as some of her...

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Workplace Culture – what does it really mean?

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Apr 2020

Workplace Culture – what does it really mean?

By Sally Marwe (People & Culture Manager) My personal interpretation; workplace culture is an intangible, collective feeling within an organisation, guided by policies, values and internal processes that contributes to overall employee happiness, performance and retention. A healthy workplace culture breeds positivity, productivity, engagement, loyalty and wellness. For an organisation with an unhealthy culture, the opposite can be true. I’m so excited to be able...

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Meet Tiarna!

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Apr 2020

Meet Tiarna!

Tiarna is one of our amazing Occupational Therapists in the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Tiarna has been practicing since her graduation in 2017 and is now one of our Senior Therapists! If you’re unsure of what working in aged care is really like as an allied health professional, then stay tuned to our #MeetUs series where we ask our clinicians questions that you’d like to know!...

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Why OT’s are important in community, aged care and NDIS settings!

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Apr 2020

Why OT’s are important in community, aged care and NDIS settings!

By Samantha Shannahan Graduating as an OT is so terrifying! We have finished all our study and learnt snippets of different fields, and then comes the deadline to pick a field that we must stick to until the end of time (sorry that’s a tad dramatic). As Occupational Therapists with HCA we can work across several fields. How lucky are we?! I will focus on...

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A good news story…

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Mar 2020

A good news story…

In light of the constantly changing world we now find ourselves in, we thought it was time to share a #goodnewsstory. It’s our story. Our team has been in an ‘all hands on-deck’ mode in order to work with government rulings and working closely with our clients to protect the elderly. To date, our team of highly trained allied health professionals has shown in times of...

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Meet Balwin!

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Mar 2020

Meet Balwin!

Balwin is one of our amazing physiotherapists in Melbourne. Originally from Malaysia, she relocated with her young family to Australia for a new adventure. We welcomed her into our team and a year on, she’s become an extremely valued member of our team with her bubbly personality. If you’re unsure of what working in aged care is really like as an allied health professional, then...

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Introducing Samantha Shannahan, Occupational Therapist.

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Mar 2020

Introducing Samantha Shannahan, Occupational Therapist.

Hello fellow OT’s, My name is Samantha Shannahan and I’ve been an Occupational Therapist with HCA for almost 3 years.  I am completely new to this blogging world but thought I would start off with a bit about me! I am a Twin. I have 2 black Labradors named Daisy and Lulu. I am a Lawn Bowler. I love baking. I am a proud Aunty...

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Management Strategies for Sundowning

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Jun 2017

Management Strategies for Sundowning

Sundowning is the worsening of dementia symptoms during late afternoon or early evening. These symptoms include anxiety, visual or auditory hallucinations, screaming, yelling, restlessness, pacing, wandering and resistance to care. There is no certain cause for Sundowning. Some suggest that it is due to the disruption of normal circadian rhythm (the person’s body clock) and regulation of behaviors by disease process of dementia. Environmental factors...

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