Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 1993 and commenced her career working at the Austin Repatriation Hospital and then moved to Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital and The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in the Vocational Unit, assisting clients following severe injury to return to work.
Following further study in Occupational Rehabilitation and spending time working as a Vocational provider, Natalie then travelled and worked overseas. It was here she was exposed to a wide range of neurological and general medical conditions in an acute and inpatient rehabilitation setting. This sparked her interest in working with clients with both neurological and complex conditions and wanting to further develop her skills in a community rehabilitation setting.
Natalie commenced with IRS in 2005 as a Senior Clinician and in 2009 became Occupational Therapy Team Leader. In 2015 she was successful in being appointed Allied Health Leader at IRS. In 2016, Natalie commenced running the IRS practice and in 2020, progressed into the position of Business Manager with IRS.
Natalie is passionate about ensuring that the practice continues to provide exceptional neurological and general rehabilitation in a community setting. She enjoys working in the unique setting of IRS and values working with a team of clinicians that strive to achieve highest quality outcomes for their clients. She believes that culture is everything in a workplace.
Having attended numerous NDIS information sessions over the past few years, Natalie is now excited about supporting IRS clinicians in their work with participants and their families in the NDIS sector.
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, skiing and taking on new challenges. She has recently started playing cricket and coaching her daughter’s AFL and cricket team.
Natalie will celebrate 18 years with IRS in 2023.