Director of Western Kids Health and Paediatric Physiotherapist, Nicole Pates, features on The Kids Health Network Podcast to provide information…
Recent Professional Development:
Bella holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Edith Cowan University and is a Certified Practising Member with Speech Pathology Australia. Bella developed a passion for working with children and young adolescents through working as a local swimming teacher and disability support worker for many years.
Bella has a particular interest in early language development, receptive and expressive language delays in school aged children, speech sound errors and working with children and adolescents to develop social skills. Bella believes that therapy must be fun and enjoys incorporating elements of therapy into easy play-based activities that can be replicated at home.
Outside of work you’ll find Bella loudly supporting the Dockers or playing with her dog!
Bev graduated with honours from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) in 1993 and was awarded a Master of Science (Physiotherapy) by Curtin University in 2005. She has worked in paediatric physiotherapy for more than 20 years and has experience in working with babies and children with a wide range of needs; including early intervention, developmental disability and physical disability, particularly cerebral palsy. She has worked in paediatric physiotherapy in the community, acute care, not for profit, tertiary education and private sectors. Bev is also an academic at Curtin University, teaching the paediatric
physiotherapy course. She established and runs the Curtin Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinic as part of the School of Physiotherapy Clinical Education program. Bev is particularly interested in Early Intervention for babies and young children and enjoys working closely with families to support and build confidence in play, and opportunities for movement and learning.
Memberships & Affiliations:
Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Paediatric Group
Paediatric Physiotherapy Level II – APA
Hammersmith Infant Neurological Evaluation (HINE)
APA Alberta Infant Motor Scale
APA assessment and management of toe walking
Prechtl’s Method of the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
Postural Care Course, Simple Stuff Works & Open College Network West Midlands UK
AusACPDM conference, Perth
Running Across the Lifespan – Annie Chappell (PhD)
Jessie is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Psychology.
Jessie has worked expansively in the mental health sector prior to training as a psychologist. This experience has enhanced Jessie’s natural caring and empathic approach to all clients and their varying circumstances. She is passionate about the role of early intervention in changing long term mental health trajectories and is a firm believer in collaborative systemic approaches to child and adolescent mental health.
Jessie has worked with a variety of client populations and her special interests include: depression and anxiety, perfectionism and low self-esteem, behavioural problems, and family system and attachment concerns.
Jessie is passionate about supporting her clients in improving their quality of life and getting back on track. She uses evidence-based treatments such as: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.
During her down time, Jessie enjoys keeping active and expanding her experiences in the world though travelling, camping, being with friends and family, and trying her hand at anything new – including jiu-jitsu and knitting!
Hannah developed a passion for working with children and adolescents throughout her many years coaching gymnastics, volunteering opportunities and during her disability support worker roles whilst studying at university. Hannah found that supporting children to achieve their goals, such as learning new skills, improving their self-confidence and initiating social interactions to be truly rewarding. Hannah is a Medicare Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) provider.
Hannah has a particular interest and expertise in assisting children with handwriting difficulties, fine and gross motor delays, sensory processing challenges, attention and concentration difficulties, and self-regulation difficulties. Hannah has experience providing support to children and adolescents with chronic conditions, pain, fatigue and hypermobility. This includes; school liaison, graded return to school programs, school observation sessions and providing support around special considerations for school.
Hannah has created and runs several of our group therapies including;
Hannah believes in the benefits of good communication between families and healthcare professionals and is enthusiastic about educating communities on the difficulties faced by children with chronic conditions and disabilities.
Outside of work, Hannah loves catching up with friends over a good coffee and spending time with her Border Collie, Alice.
Continuing Professional Development
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and is a Medicare Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) provider.
Tiffany’s main passion is working with and being around children. She has worked for several years in Perth in paediatric private practice and inpatient mental health.
Tiffany’s particular area of interest and expertise is supporting children and young people with emotional regulation, distress, anxiety, low mood or diagnosed mental health conditions, assisting them in getting back into the things they love to do. Whether that be school, sport, socialising with friends or re-engaging in a hobby.
Tiffany has experience working with children with a wide range of developmental disorders and disabilities. She is skilled to work with children and teens who have fine and gross motor delays, chronic conditions, pain, sensory processing difficulties, handwriting challenges, difficulties with self care, sleep and eating, behavioural challenges, attention and concentration, social and play skills. She understands that not one approach fits all and is passionate about finding the most suitable intervention, strategies and supports for the child and their family. Tiffany presented an online yoga workshop for the Ehlers Danlos Society during COVID Lockdown in 2020 and is adept at adapting yoga to be safe, and meet the needs of individuals with hypermobility
Tiffany considers all environments and works closely with the young persons school, daycare or work to provide recommendations and support. Tiffany is able to complete assessment and reporting for SCSA applications.
Tiffany has been asked to present professional development seminars to various schools in Perth and has presented community talks to parents and educators on a variety of topics.
Tiffany loves to be active and uses the amazing gym and sensory equipment at Western Kids Health as part of her sessions. She is a qualified children’s yoga instructor and can incorporate yoga and breathing techniques into your child’s therapy. She also runs social skill groups, yoga groups and has been involved in running the TARGiT program aimed at providing management for teenagers with chronic conditions.
Outside of work Tiffany enjoys playing netball, spending time in the ocean and barracking for the West Coast Eagles!
Occupational Therapy Australia
WA Occupational Therapy Association
Hey Warrior workshop- Karen Young
Motivational Interviewing: Advancing Down The Path – Dr Joel Porter
Motivational Interviewing: Beyond Mechanical Pain- Alison Sim
PEBBLES: Bladder and bowel issues in Children
Judith is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Judith is our Mental Health Lead at Western Kids Health.
Judith grew up in multiple global places which shaped her into the person she is today – at ease in new situations and always open minded towards people from different backgrounds. She has 9 years of working experience within the Australian and Dutch health care systems and is passionate about providing mental health services to children, teenagers, young adolescents and their parents.
Over the years, Judith has worked with diverse client populations and her special interests include: Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural- social- and learning difficulties, stress and self-esteem.
Judith’s passion is improving the quality of life of her clients and uses a client centred approach by tailoring the needs of the individual (as all clients are unique!). She uses evidence-based treatments such as: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Supportive and Insight-oriented counselling and Mindfulness.
Furthermore, Judith is one of the coordinators of the MHPN (Mental Health Professionals Network) in Subiaco.
Judith’s hobbies and interests outside of work include: travelling, diving, skiing, being with friends and family, board games and being out and about in nature.
Emily holds a Master of Occupational Therapy (Curtin University), a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Musical Arts (UWA). She is deeply passionate about the philosophies that underpin occupational therapy – just ask her if you have 20 minutes to spare!
Emily’s particular area of interest is supporting young people with chronic conditions, including Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders and chronic pain and fatigue. She has previously worked as an early intervention therapist with children with ASD and in older adult pain management. Emily was involved in the creation of the TARGiT group, run for teenagers in the community experiencing chronic pain.
Emily believes strongly in educating families, schools and the broader community to understand and support children who experience chronic conditions. She liaises closely with schools to ensure management strategies are implemented successfully. A large part of Emily’s role involves helping young people to develop the cognitive strategies necessary for managing chronic conditions day- to- day. She is also experienced in assessing motor skills and sensory profiles.
Emily has extensive experience supporting children and young people who experience issues with handwriting, particularly due to hypermobility or arthritis. She writes reports supporting SCSA applications for students entering their final year of high school.
Emily has trained with creators of the highly regarded South Australian Paediatric toileting program, Toilet Time. She is particularly interested in the importance of sensory awareness, routine, and emotional barriers in toileting for younger children.
In her spare time, Emily sings with vocal ensemble Lumina and volunteers as a school group tour guide at a local history village. She has one extremely lazy rescue greyhound, Frank, and one extremely hyperactive puppy, Betty.
**Currently on Maternity Leave**
Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Edith Cowan University. Courtney is passionate about educating young people, their families, schools and clubs about conditions and management strategies that assist a young person in engaging in what they love.
Courtney has extensive experience in working with children and young adults with a range of developmental and neurological conditions. She also has particular interest and expertise in school liaison, assisting adolescents with handwriting, fine motor, self-care, behavioural challenges, social and play difficulties.
A large part of Courtney’s role is to involve young people in developing strategies necessary to manage their conditions day-to-day. Courtney also has experience in writing reports supporting SCSA applications for students entering year 12.
Outside the clinic Courtney loves all things sport, spending the majority of her years competing in gymnastics, acrobatics, diving (springboard and platform) and cheerleading. If she’s not working she’s at the beach or out in the bush with her kelpie, Chloe!
Occupational Therapy Association Australia
Developmental Occupational Therapy Australia
Level 1 and 2 Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy Course
The Art of Paediatric Therapy
Outside the clinic Courtney loves all things sport, spending majority of her years competing in gymnastics, acrobatics, diving (springboard and platform) and cheerleading. If she’s not working she’s at the beach or out in the bush with her kelpie, Chloe!
Memberships and Committees
Elena holds a degree in Speech Pathology from Curtin University and is a Certified Practising Member with Speech Pathology Australia.
Elena has significant experience working with children who have speech, language and social difficulties. She has also worked closely with children who have a range of developmental disabilities. Elena has a special interest in early language development, speech articulation and mealtime difficulties. She has also completed specialised training including Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) therapy for speech articulation and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.
Elena understands the importance of working alongside families to provide a personalised and evidence based approach to therapy. She continuously monitors progress, therapy techniques and latest evidence to ensure that the highest quality of service is provided. Elena is passionate about supporting all children thrive and reach their potential.
In her spare time Elena enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and has a love of baking.
Annie is an APA titled Paediatric Physiotherapist, graduating with honours from Curtin University in 1996 and being awarded a Masters of Paediatric Physiotherapy by the University of Queensland in 2008. Annie has recently completed her PhD thesis which focussed on analysing and training the skill of running in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Annie has extensive experience working with babies and children with physical disabilities, specializing in cerebral palsy. She also has keen interests in hypermobility, managing musculoskeletal pain in young musicians and the management of the growing athlete. Annie is a hockey coach and player and was delighted to represent WA at the Australian Masters Championships last year.
Annie has been invited to present at numerous professional development courses & conferences:
2020 Training running in children with hypermobility (WKH)
2020 Paper presentation, AusACPDM conference, Perth
2018 Paper presentation, AusACPDM conference, Auckland
2017 Rehabilitation of running in children workshop, APA, Sydney
2017 APA course: Rehabilitation of running in children, Adelaide
2016 APA Gait and Running Course
2016 AusACPDM Workshop: Rehabilitation of running in children
Advanced Infant Handling, ABNDTA, Perth: 5 day course
The role of the physiotherapist in neuromuscular disorders
AusACPDM Conference, Auckland
APA Conference, Sydney
Apophysitis in Adolescents
Loz holds a degree in Speech Pathology from James Cook University and is a Certified Practising Member with Speech Pathology Australia.
Loz has significant experience working with children who have speech, language and social difficulties in the areas of language delay, articulation/phonological disorders, feeding, early literacy and social & play skills. Loz is passionate about delivering high quality, timely, individualised therapy to children with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Loz values the family-centred practice model, with parents playing a key role in the journey to a child reaching their goals.
– Infant Feeding Foundations
– Childhood Assessment of Normal and Dysfunctional Feeding & Swallowing
– Colourful Semantics
– Talk 4 Writing
– Moving on with Literacy
Brooke is a caring and compassionate dietitian, working collaboratively with children and parents to develop practical and achievable solutions to their food and diet concerns. Brooke’s ultimate aim is to alleviate the stress around food and make mealtimes and enjoyable experience. Brooke’s areas of interest include:
Outside of work Brooke enjoys camping, spending time with family, cooking and eating.
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) from Curtin University in 2005 and has been working in paediatrics ever since. Erin currently also works as a sessional academic at Curtin University supervising undergraduate student paediatric placements and assisting with teaching the paediatric unit. She is one of a small team involved in running the Curtin Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinic in Cockburn, part of the School of Physiotherapy Clinical Education program.
Erin has experience in a wide range of paediatric presentations including developmental, disability and musculoskeletal presentations. She has worked in paediatrics in the community, public health, not for profit, tertiary education and private sectors.
Erin‘s particular area of interest and expertise is Early Intervention, specifically gross motor delay (babies not achieving milestones) and plagiocephaly/torticollis (babies with misshapen heads and head turning preference). She enjoys working closely with families to build their confidence in promoting opportunities for movement, learning and play. As a mother of three young children, Erin has a good understanding of typical parenting concerns and demands! She is passionate about family-centred education and fitting therapy goals into everyday activities.
After hours, Erin is usually ferrying small children around to various sports and instrument practice. She enjoys family hikes and travelling in the caravan.
Rowan has completed a double degree Bachelor of Physiotherapy / Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Notre Dame. Rowan has worked with children and teens since the beginning of Western Kids Health.
Rowan has expertise in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, rheumatological and developmental conditions across the ages.
Rowan is well-known for working with hundreds of children and teenagers with diagnoses of JIA, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. In addition, he has successfully run the TARGiT Pain Program in 2020 and 2021 for teenagers experiencing chronic conditions. He runs an Instagram account for youth with chronic conditions – providing relatable illustrations to describe and understand the complexities of these conditions (@rowanpearce.physio)
Rowan runs education and exercise sessions for the Arthritis Foundation WA’s Camp Stretch (hypermobile/EDS) and Camp Freedom (JIA). He also has run several educational workshops with students and teachers in primary and high schools on hypermobility/EDS and JIA.
Rowan’s strength & conditioning background leads him to support children and teens to prevent or recover from injuries/surgery, optimise performance and address weight concerns. He runs the BeFit strength & conditioning class, delivering group play-based strengthening movements, challenges and games that are tailored to each participant’s abilities.
Whatever the age, Rowan understands that your family and its values are extremely important and ensures his treatment and support is creative and engaging, leaving the individual wanting to do more.
In his spare time, Rowan loves to keep active – enjoying surfing, DIY projects and exploring Western Australia.
Early Intervention Team (0-5 years)
Shannae has a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Curtin University. In the past, she has worked privately as a paediatric occupational therapist and in the community with people of all ages.
Shannae has extensive experience working with children, their families and support networks to assess and manage their development and engagement in every day activities. Shannae has a passion for working with young children and is skilled at using play to assess and manage interventions to assist with supporting their development. Shannae is passionate about creating strategies that fit into families every day life whilst challenging and encouraging independence. Shannae has experience working with children with a wide range of developmental disorders and disabilities, in a variety of different settings.
Shannae is passionate about working with children and their support networks to address:
In her spare time Shannae enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends and two dogs.
DOT (Developmental Occupational Therapy) WA member
Key Word Sign training
Tools for Schools workshop
Innovative play interventions for children
Activity Based Rehabilitation for Children
Picky Eaters Workshop
Functional Hand Use in Hemiplegia Dr Brian Hoare – Melbourne
Mealtimes and Autism Spectrum Disorder training
Principles of bimanual training
Advanced Learn to Play Therapy Training
Juvenile ACL Injuries – Australian Physiotherapy Association
Starting Blocks: Paediatric Physiotherapy – Royal Children’s Hospital
Dr Vance is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher with many years of experience working with children and adults across a variety of settings. As a researcher Vance as supervised numerous PhD students and published in international journals, and presented at conferences all over the world (including Oxford, Lisbon and Brussels).
Vance has also worked in sports (attending two Commonwealth Games); trained clinical psychologists at University; and worked with private and public mental health services.
Vance really enjoys working with teams of professionals to help children, adolescents and their parents through the pain journey. Vance was one of the team that set up the treatment program for the Complex Pain Service at PMH, and has extensive experience working with conditions such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Juvenile arthritis, Chronic Widespread Pain, Fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Chronic Fatigue, as well as Functional Neurological Disorder. Vance set up the Psychological Medicine clinic at Murdoch university whilst teaching there.
Vance has also given talks at conferences including the Ehlers Danlos society conference and the Australian Physiotherapy Association to promote the importance of team-based treatments for children. Too often parents need to access treatment from a variety of practitioners who do a great job individually for many children, but aren’t in a position to collaborate to get the best outcomes for your child when their needs span physical and psychological domains. Working at Western Kids provides Vance with one of the only truly integrated treatment environments and allows him to draw on a huge amount of expertise from my colleagues and contribute to a talented team to help your child.
When Vance is not being a Clinical Psychologist, he likes to spend time with my three children and wife, and to as well as watch his favourite team (the Brisbane Broncos) play.
To view a list of published research by Dr Vance Locke, please click here
Nicole is an APA Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist. She graduated from Curtin University with a distinction in Physiotherapy, completed a post-graduate certificate in Paediatric Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and her Masters in Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy through Monash University. In the past, she has worked at Perth Childrens Hospital. Princes Margaret Hospital, in the community setting and in elite sports as a physiotherapist for the West Coast Eagles.
Nicole is the chair or the WA branch of the Australian Physio Association Paediatric Group and is also a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association, Early Childhood Intervention Australia and the Australian Pain Society. Nicole often provides professional development to other physiotherapists, developing and presenting the Paediatric Orthopaedic Workshop for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Nicole has extensive experience in the assessment and management of orthopaedic, rheumatological and developmental conditions across infancy, childhood and adolescence. Nicole works in a holistic manner to help your child participate in their community, sports, hobbies and school. She has a strong commitment to seeing every child and family achieve their full potential.
Nicole is an advocate for children living with rheumatological conditions such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Complex Pain Syndromes. She has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and implement services, such as the Arthritis Foundation hydrotherapy groups/camps and for community and school support for children and their families. Nicole sits on the Allied Health Working group from the Ehlers Danlos Society, contributes to research and supports CARI. Nicole and the whole team at Western Kids Health work with Dr Kevin Murray, Dr Senq Lee and Dr Pavla Walsh closely to improve quality of life and participation for children with these conditions.
Nicole’s expertise in assessing and rehabilitating sports and childhood musculoskeletal injuries has come from working across 14 years in a variety of junior state level sports including netball, Australian Rules Football, rugby, running, soccer, hockey, swimming and touch rugby.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys everything outdoors including adventuring and fishing. However, most of her time is taken up by her son, William and Roger, her mischievous golden retriever.
Allied Health Awards- Physiotherapist of the Year 2019 Finalist (top 5)
Health Consumers Council Excellence Awards – Health Professional Award High Commendation
2020 Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Paediatric Group
Ehlers Danlos Society International Consortium Allied Health Working Group Member
Early Childhood Intervention Australia Member
Australian Pain Society Member
Australian Rheumatology Association Member
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Society Australia Member
Eating Disorders – Physiotherapy Management, Perth Childrens Hospital
Paediatric Athletes: Illness, Injury and Training Load, Sports Medicine Australia
Neuro Sensory Motor Developmental Assessment Training
Physical Rehabilitation & Osteogenesis Imperfecta Part 1 & Part 2
Unravelling the myth: somatic symptom disorder, MHPN
Complete Concussion Management Training
Accredited KNEE Netball Australia Provider
Project ECHO International- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Society
Alyse graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has recently returned from working overseas in the UK for two years, working in community paediatrics, with children at a special needs school and in various roles across the NHS as a Senior Band 6/7 Physiotherapist. Prior to working overseas, Alyse worked at Royal Perth Hospital gaining rotational experience in Respiratory Therapy, including working in intensive care as well as neuro-surgery, spinal injuries and orthopaedic management.
Alyse has been involved in competitive gymnastics since she was young, including as a National level gymnast. She has also been a coach for over 10 years which has allowed her to develop an excellent eye for movement analysis, and being able to translate observations into areas for improvement in strength and conditioning. Through her involvement in competitive gymnastics, Alyse understands the passion of young people wanting to return to sport as quickly as possible but also the need to carefully manage their injuries to ensure they return to their peak performance. Alyse is highly skilled at helping kids and teens develop there strength, mobility, balance, gross motor skills and confidence through games, play and function based rehab.
Alyse has a special interest in Respiratory management with a broad range of experience from intensive care to working within the community setting and able to adapt management accordingly. Her passion for preventative health has shaped her enthusiasm for Paediatric Physiotherapy and inspires her to help better manage an individuals health across their life-span.
Alison is an accredited practising dietitian with many years of extensive training and experience. Graduating from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland in 1992. Alison has worked in hospitals and community settings in both the UK and Australia.
Since 1996 the majority of her work has involved the nutritional care of children and adolescents, working at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow and at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, WA. She currently also works with the neonatal and paediatric units at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital. She has completed the postgraduate certificate in clinical paediatrics run by the British Dietetic Association.
Paediatric nutrition is her passion and some particular areas of interest are:
A wife and mother of two she is a keen advocate for nutrition and its role in living a healthy life.
Michelle is an APA titled Musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with significant experience working with children of all ages. Michelle completed her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2015, and has extensive experience in assessing, treating and managing clients with acute and chronic conditions, including sporting injuries, orthopaedic presentations, persistent pain and fatigue, and rheumatological presentations.
Michelle understands how injuries and pain can impact children in all aspects of their life – including school, sport, at home, and when socialising. Michelle is dedicated to assisting her clients to achieve their full functional capacity, and is committed to delivering family-centered, evidence-based treatment and management for her clients.
Michelle has a strong focus on client education and active management, and combines her knowledge of clinical pilates and functional strength to create fun, play-based and effective exercise rehabilitation and injury prevention programs. Michelle aims to empower her clients to be able to independently managed their condition in the long term.
Michelle has travelled interstate as physiotherapist for the Women’s WA state AFL team in 2011, and also works as a sessional academic for Curtin and Notre Dame, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students on clinical placements.
Outside of work you can find Michelle spending time with family and friends, going to yoga, trying a new hobby, taking her rescue dog to the beach, or planning the next adventure away.
Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Musculoskeletal Group
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