OUR TEAM

Lynette Purton, Owner/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, Owner/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, Administration Support

 

 

Dr Tracy Spencer-Lloyd, Psychologist - Campbell Town, Perth and Telehealth 

 

Tracy is a Registered Psychologist who has worked for over 30 years delivering therapeutic services in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, the NT and Tasmania.

 

Tracy has qualifications in CBT, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy techniques, Family Therapy and Play Therapy modalities including Sandplay and Theraplay. She works creatively to use these approaches to meet each person’s particular needs and style.

Tracy has experience in therapy with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health issues, including the effects of trauma, sexual abuse, family violence, substance addictions, and grief.

 

Tracy also offers couple counselling based on Emotional Focussed Therapy approaches, and parenting programs based on attachment theory.

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 Mace, 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

Imogen Delphin, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

Jessi Donoghue, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

Jaclyn Hyland, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

Leander Griffiths, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

Sarah Padman, NDIS Support Coordinator - Ulverstone

Jan Robinson, Registered Nurse (Continence Assessments) - Ulverstone and Surrounding

 

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.

Lisa Broman, Exercise Physiologist - Ulverstone and surrounding (Currently on maternity leave, return Nov 2021)

 

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. 

Exercise Physiologists can support participants to:

  • Achieve physical and well-being goals through education, exercise programming, motivational support/coaching and monitoring

  • Improve health outcomes, independence, mobility and mental health through programs aligned to participant goals

  • Self manage their health/conditions for the long term by integrating them into low cost, community based programs as suited (e.g. community gyms) with intermittent supervision as required

  • Provide training and support to carers and family to improve physical outcomes and make effective use of current supports

  • Work alongside other allied health/carers to ensure treatment is aligned with other therapy goals

Erica Cunningham, Dietitian - Ulverstone and surrounding

 

Rachael Stocks, Speech Pathologist - Ulverstone and surrounding - Starting February 2022

 

I am a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with 15 years experience working within the disability sector, providing both swallowing and communication support to preschool, school aged and adult clients and their support teams. I have a particular interest in supporting people with a disability to meet their communication and mealtime goals, with expertise in the areas of complex communication, using methods other than speech to communicate (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), fussy eating, and safe swallowing.

 

I am passionate about providing effective, evidence-based practise and as such have obtained certification in a range of specialist therapeutic techniques. I am a certified Key Word Sign Presenter, SOS Practitioner (Sequential Oral Sensory approach to fussy eating), PROMPT Practitioner (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Musculature), and trained in the development and use of AAC systems (PECS, PODD, high tech devices).

 

I currently provide speech pathology assessment and intervention services to people in their home, school, day placement and work  environments. Services include:

  • Assessment of communication and swallowing skills.

  • Provision of reports and written materials.

  • Individual therapy to support safe eating and swallowing, speech/articulation, language and communication skills.

  • Individual training for parents and carers.

  • Larger group training / education sessions.