- What we offer
Registered Provider for NDIS
Registered for the NDIS support categories of:
- Improved Daily Living (Capacity Building)
- Home Modifications
- Assistive Technology
Home Care Packages
Preferred provider of Occupational Therapy for several organisations servicing Home Care Package recipients
Capacity building interventions
Occupational Therapy to support clients achieve their goals
Recommendations for major and minor home modifications
Recommendations, trials and funding applications; including complex seating, pressure care, environmental controls, and equipment to support the comfort and safety of clients and the people supporting them
SDA and SIL Assessments
Comprehensive assessments to guide applications for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL)
Livable Housing Assessments
Livable Housing Australia’s (LHA) Registered Assessors are independent consultants who evaluate the design and completed construction of homes against the Livable housing Design Guidelines.
Looking for a trusted Occupational Therapist?
Who Are We?
Peta McKenna – Director and Occupational Therapist
Since graduating from LaTrobe University in 2003 Peta has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the public health sector in Geelong, Melbourne, London and other cities in Australia. Peta’s has experience working with adults in the areas of trauma and acquired brain injury (ABI) and stroke, neurological conditions, intellectual disability, pain management and aged care clients. Peta completed a Master in Public Health in 2016 and is passionate about working with her clients to promote health and independence.
Amy Zuluaga – Director and Occupational Therapist
Amy has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the Geelong region since 2006. With a strong clinical background in neurology and aged care within the public health sector, Amy works with her clients on their goals and adopts an enthusiastic and innovative lens in the private OT landscape. Amy has a particular interest in home modifications, is a qualified Access Consultant and a Registered Assessor for Livable Housing Guidelines. Amy thrives on finding practical solutions to home and community access issues and has had a considerable amount of success supporting people to obtain NDIS funding for complex home modifications.
Brooke Alexander – Occupational Therapist
Brooke completed her Occupational Therapy studies at Deakin University in 2015 and has since worked in public health in Geelong, Bendigo and London. Brooke has a particular interest and skill base in supporting clients with complex home modifications and creatively exploring how technology and equipment can improve a person’s comfort and independence. Brooke has worked extensively with NDIS Participants and Aged Care clients, as both an OT and a Service Coordinator. As an undergraduate student, Brooke worked as a Support Worker for NDIS participants, adding to her depth of knowledge of how the NDIS systems interlink to support people to build their capacity and function.
Jess Trotter – Occupational Therapist
Jess graduated from Deakin University in 2010 and worked in regional Victoria, primarily in rehabilitation, before returning to Geelong in 2016. Jess has skills providing OT following stroke and other neurological conditions, within aged care including falls and balance interventions, and prescribing home modifications and assistive technology to support independence. Jess has a comprehensive knowledge of NDIS, TAC, Home Care Package processes and is a strong advocate to achieve good outcomes for her clients. Jess has a particular interest in seating and wheelchair prescription.
Jen Shepherd – Occupational Therapist
Jen completed a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2013 following her undergraduate studies in Psychological Science. Jen has worked in regional Victoria and Melbourne prior to moving to Geelong in 2018. Jen has strong skills in rehabilitation and capacity building with clients with neurological conditions, traumatic injury, and general medical conditions. Jen has worked extensively with a range of funding bodies including NDIA, TAC, DVA and Workcover. Jen has an interest in independent living skill assessments and supporting clients in their application for suitable housing and support options.
Madeline Thomson – Occupational Therapist
Madie completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, following her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Federation University. Madie has several years’ experience working as an Occupational Therapist in the Aged Care sector and private practice, predominantly with NDIS Participants. Madie is holistic in her approach and enjoys using a creative range of capacity building interventions to support clients to achieve their goals. With a toolkit of strengths-based practice, and resourceful ideas for assistive technology and home modifications, Madie works with clients on what is important to them.
Rebecca Poynton – Occupational Therapist
Bec has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the private sector since completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Charles Sturt University in 2013. Bec is well respected for her effective Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL) assessments and reports which have led to good funding outcomes for eligible NDIS participants. Bec’s knowledge and passion for secure and appropriate housing goes beyond SIL and SDA as she works hard to advocate for people who are exploring the jigsaw of alternative independent living options. With her astute clinical rationale and warm approach, clients love working with Bec to achieve their capacity building goals.
Annmarie Rattray-Wood – Occupational Therapist
Annmarie completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, in 2006. Annmarie’s professional life has been focused on providing therapeutic services in the public health setting, including many years in Melbourne tertiary hospitals and community care. Annmarie’s years of experience have set her up with an excellent eye for equipment and home modification options, and her knowledge of physical rehabilitation and aged care underpin her astute lens for capacity building and goal based occupational therapy. Annmarie adopts a warm and efficient manner in her work and has a depth of practice that leads to great outcomes for clients.
NDIS Participants and TAC clients invoiced at hourly rate set by the respective funding agencies.
- Home Care Package and self-funded clients: $115 per hour
- Travel: charged at the hourly rate
What Clients Say
I have had the pleasure of using the OT services of Adapt OT for the past few years. Being diagnosed with MS a number of years ago symptoms slowly getting worse, was introduced to the wonderful Occupational Therapist service they supply. The care and compassion they showed my wife (my carer) and I was exceptional and beyond reproach. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they listened to our concerns. They also suggested aids and services that we would never had thought of. I haven’t had one negative contact with the service and could highly recommend them.
I would like to say a big thank you to Peta for your help in obtaining our NDIS equipment. You made things happen that other OT's couldn’t. Even after we received the item, you managed to change it to suit my sons needs. Your professional manner, caring nature and understanding of the goods needed made it so easy. I highly recommend your services to any other participants.
Mother and CarerClifton Springs
I can not recommend Adapt OT more highly. I have used Amy Zuluaga on several occasions for support with implementing NDIA funded home modifications. Not only does Amy have specialised skills and qualifications in home modifications, she has a wonderful, sincere manner with participants. Amy has an exceptional bank of knowledge and has been dedicated and professional from beginning to end with the work that I have referred to her.
JB. Support CoordinatorGeelong
I cannot recommend highly enough the practitioners from Adapt OT. In my role as a support coordinator I have found them to always provide a prompt, friendly and exceedingly professional service toward a wide range of participant's needs. They run an efficient and effective business that is client centred. Thank you for making my work easier!