OUR TEAM

Lynette Purton, Director

I have had over thirty years’ experience in the health industry as a Registered nurse, Public Health Nurse and Health Manager. I have a Master’s in Public Health and several post graduate qualifications including project management and Advanced management. I have a wide-ranging knowledge of the development, delivery and facilitation of health programs, education and training. I am highly skilled and experienced in needs-based health service design and delivery within a client outcomes framework.

 

I have worked in rural and remote Australia in some of the most challenging but rewarding areas and have consequently amassed a large and varied background in the challenges of rural, remote, and Indigenous health.

 

This experience also extends to high level and demonstrated commitment to client-centered service delivery, ensuring clients have access to information, the opportunity to participate in decision-making as well as respecting and acknowledging client diversity and individual capacity.

Bronwyn McLaren, Managing Director

 

I have over 20 years in the health industry, working in General Practice and Primary health for over 15 years

I have extensive experience in program development and implementation, client centred service delivery, and business administration and support.

 

For 4 years I have been the operational Managing Director of ELPE Health, focusing on quality service delivery, choice and control, self-sustainability and growing this business to be one of the largest on the NW Coast of Tasmania.

Michael O'Donnell, Psychologist -  Ulverstone and Wynyard

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology

 

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Practicing since 1999

  • Counselling and presenting programs in Correctional Setting

  • Employee Assistance Programs delivering individual and couple counselling, mental health and resilience presentations in various organisations

  • Working with young people and their families in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Alicia Fenner, Adminstration Support

 

Janine Brown, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - Ulverstone, Somerset and Sheffield
NDIS Specialised Support Coordinator

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Work 

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker 

  • Certificate IV in Youth Work

  • Certificate II in Community Services 

Key Skills and Experience 

  • Case Management

  • Mental Health counselling specialising in Solution Focused Interviewing, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing

  • Drug and alcohol intervention and harm minimisation

  • Smoking cessation training

  • Working with clients with acquired brain injuries

  • Care coordinator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific training in alcohol and other Drug, historical and contemporary Aboriginal issues

  • Disability

  • Dementia training

Geoff Cooper, Psychologist - West Coast (Zeehan and Queenstown)

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Geoff, specialises in all fields of Mental Health including Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anger Management, Alcohol and Drug dependency, Sleep Disorders (including nightmares), Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and assessment and verification of diagnosis under the DSM 5.

Maree Cooper, Registered Accredited Mental Health  Clinical Social Worker - West Coast (Zeehan and Queenstown)

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Social Work

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

  • Member AASW

  • Member AASW College

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Extensive experience in Mental Health issues

  • Extensive experience in Assessment and treatment

  • Experience working with Children and Adolescents

  • Experience in Relationship Counselling

  • Experience in Family Therapy

Erika Philpott, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Community Services

  • Certificate IV in Community Services

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Enjoys working with young people, and people with persistent mental health issues, Asperger’s, and Autism

  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention training

  • Domestic and Family Violence training

Katherine Hitch, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

  • Batchelor Science- Paramedic Science

  • Batchelor Science -Landscape Design

  • Batchelor Arts- Education

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Care coordinator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients 

  • Care coordination for people with Chronic Disease

  • Dementia Studies

  • Bridges out of Poverty Training

  • End of Life Planning Training

  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bulling Awareness Training

  • Cultural sensitivity training

Suzanne Sutcliffe, NDIS Support Coordinator - Launceston and Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in community services (management)

  • Certificate 4 service coordination (ageing and disability)

  • Certificate 4 in Training and assessment

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Extensive experience in providing a range of support to people across the Aged, Disability sectors with roles such as Team Leader - Adult Day Centre, Aged Care Package Case Manager, Coordinator for ISP Clients, Support work in child respite, Team Leader - Group Homes.

  • Teachers Aid, providing early intervention for children in mainstream education and early childhood/pre-school programs

  • Board Member (Womens Shelter)

  • Support relationships with carers and families

Melinda Davey, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

Key Skills and Experience:

Jan Robinson, Registered Nurse (Continence Assessments) - Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse for 47 years

  • Registered Midwife

  • Graduate Diploma of Nursing - Child and Family Health Nurse

  • Family Planning Certificate

  • Nurse Immuniser Certificate

  • Donation Specialist Nurse with core Family Donation Conversation (cFDC) and practical Family Donation Conversation (pFDC) certificates and Transportation of Biological Materials Certificate

 

Experience

  • Midwifery

  • Emergency nursing for 22 years

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation nursing – including managing continence issues

  • Senior Organiser with Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

 

Key Strengths

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Emergency Department nursing

  • Experience in Rehabilitation Nursing including continence issues

  • Extensive personal experience with organ donation and transplantation

  • Extensive professional knowledge in organ and tissue Donation

  • Extensive knowledge in leading and managing emergency situations

  • Communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • Caring for families after sudden death

  • Building relationships with and empowering clients

  • Enthusiastic in researching and using evidence-based information to practice by and to educate clients

  • Long term interest and enjoyment of educating clients for health benefits

  • Time management and prioritisation skills

  • Working as an independent practitioner

Rosie Butler, Occupational Therapist - Ulverstone and Surrounding

 

Qualifications:

  • First Degree Honours BHSC - Occupational Therapy,

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Rosie graduated from York St John University in England with a First Class Honours in Occupational Therapy in 2012, having completed a research thesis focused on the ‘Theories, Models and Approaches used by Occupational Therapists in Forensic Mental Health’. Rosie was accepted to present this research at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Yokohama, Japan in 2014 and it has since been cited in a number of Mental Health guidelines in the UK.

  • Since graduation Rosie has worked in Tasmania with a variety of different clients/participants.

  • With 6 years being part of the Tasmanian Health Service which saw her move through the acute hospital services, the specialised area of Hand Therapy and also community based services. Rosie then moved in to a Paediatrics Private Practice for a year and had a focus on working with children with Autism. 

  • Rosie has now established her own private practice to utilise her expertise more broadly and to expand her aged group.

Jayne Grubits-King, Physiotherapist - Ulverstone and surrounding

 

Since graduating with a bachelor of physiotherapy in 2010, I have worked across a variety of clinical settings including hospital, aged care and private practice. I have a strong interest in working with people of all ages, helping them move and function to the best of their ability. Interventions may be exercise based on land or in a hydrotherapy pool or hands on treatment with a focus on strength, balance, joint mobility and physical function.

 

I have a commitment to providing evidence-based care and have completed a  diploma in dementia care and  currently completing a masters of exercise medicine (oncology).  I am also committed to growing the physiotherapy profession at a state level. I am  the current Tasmanian state chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association cancer, palliative care and lymphedema group and from 2021 will be a member of the Tasmanian Australian Physiotherapy Association state branch.

Vanessa Gale, Psychologist -  Ulverstone and surrounding 

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Vanessa has clinical experience working across the life-span: with a particular interest in developmental psychology, child and adolescent mental health, cognitive and learning assessment and diagnosis. She has experience in working with adults and children with various diagnoses and presentations, including mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and adjustment disorders, and substance dependence.

Deanie de Boer, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

 

Qualifications:

Key Skills and Experience:

Lisa Broman, Exercise Physiologist - Ulverstone and surrounding

 

Lisa is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEPs) and has been working for over 15 years in hospitals, community health and private practice. She has extensive experience working with people with a variety of health conditions and she works closely alongside other allied health practitioners for optimal outcomes for participants. 

Erica Cunningham, Dietitian - Ulverstone and surrounding

 

Qualifications:

Key Skills and Experience:

ELPE Health

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Ulverstone, TAS 7315

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