Epworth Allied Health Clinic
At Epworth, we believe that health is more than being free from illness or ailment – it’s about taking a holistic approach to achieving optimal health. Our experienced, dedicated allied health professionals are here to ensure your wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do.
At Epworth, experience is everything, and with nearly one hundred years of excellence, care and support in the hospital sector, you’re in good hands. Our team will listen, take into account your particular needs and carefully tailor a personal treatment plan in line with your goals. Treating everything you would come to expect from a team of experienced allied health professionals.
Our physiotherapists utilise state of the art equipment including the Alter G™ anti-gravity treadmill and have a special interest in the management of jaw (also known as TMJ or TMD) and facial pain. whilst our speech pathologists established Australia’s first Olfactory (sense of smell) Impairment Clinic.
Through our private outpatient clinic, you have direct access to a range of services designed to support your existing medical care. You have immediate access without the need for a referral.
So when life takes an unexpected turn, you don’t have to compromise your health.
At the Allied Health Clinic, you’re in good hands.
Your Allied Healthcare Practitioners
Jill is a Senior Hand Therapist at Epworth Rehabilitation with over 30 years experience. She provides hand therapy services to both inpatients and outpatients at each of the four Epworth Rehabilitation sites. Jill works closely with plastic surgeons specialising in recovery for patients following tendon surgery.
Her interest developed whilst working at the Alfred Hospital at the beginning of her career, before establishing her own private practice. She was the founding President of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and has an award named after her. The Jill Chapman prize is awarded to the best presentation at the annual Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference.Close
Chris has an extensive background in physiotherapy, particularly in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with experience working as a physiotherapist in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
He utilises a wide array of treatment techniques such as manual techniques, stretching, exercise and conditioning programs. His treatment is founded on evidenced-based practice. Chris believes that movement and activity are key components in injury recovery and prevention.
Chris also works in the emergency department at Epworth Richmond, where he sees patients with acute injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures and back pain. He is passionate about people and strives to provide effective and appropriate treatment geared towards reaching the goals set by his clients.Close
Jack has a background in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, working in private practice around the country since the beginning of his career.
He has a deep understanding of all the factors that affect our condition and employs this experience to holistically manage all of his clients. Jack’s interest in jaw and facial pain came from several years working in specially focused private practices.
Jack is a firm believer in using an integrated approach including motor control, behavioural change and gentle manual therapy. As the Senior Pain Management Physiotherapist at Epworth Rehabilitation Richmond Jack uses his experience to help his clients return to chewing, singing and laughing. In his spare time, Jack likes to test out his dodgy knee playing volleyball and riding his pushbike around the streets of Melbourne.Close
David graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2003 with a Masters of Physiotherapy. Prior to this he also completed a Bachelor of Sport Science. He has interests in musculoskeletal conditions, particularly acute sporting injuries.
David has worked in a number of emergency departments over the past 10 years and is currently based at the Epworth Richmond Emergency Department.
Other areas of experience include private physiotherapy practice, hospital outpatient services and sporting clubs. He likes to combine manual therapy techniques with exercise-based rehabilitation, to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. In his spare time, David enjoys sailing, travelling and being outdoors.Close
Janet has worked for over 20 years in both private practice and rehabilitation facilities as an expert musculoskeletal physiotherapist. She has extensive experience in senior leadership roles and is currently the Deputy Physiotherapy Manager at Epworth Hawthorn.
Her interest in thorough assessment and clinical reasoning allows her to continually develop her knowledge. She is an enthusiastic advocate for patient education to facilitate involvement in understanding and addressing their problems. Outside of physiotherapy Janet is passionate about the mountains, she enjoys hiking, camping and skiing.Close
Lucy graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Speech Pathology and honours in 2011, completing research in the area of voice. She has worked in hospital acute and rehabilitation settings managing a variety of patients with swallowing, speech, language and voice disorders. At Epworth she assesses and treats patients who have impairments due to neurological or traumatic brain injuries.
She also works within the head and neck cancer team, providing rehabilitation to people whose swallow, speech or voice are sub-optimal post surgeries. Lucy has a particular interest in voice and accent modification from her training as an actor, working in TV and stage after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2003.Close
Martin graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2007. He has worked for many years in the public and private sectors, predominately working with people after neurotrauma or head and neck cancer.
Martin has completed advanced competency training in the areas of videofluoroscopy (x-ray swallowing assessments), tracheostomy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Martin’s interest in research led him to complete a Masters in Health Sciences (Research and Evaluation) with a thesis investigating tongue function and swallowing.
He is currently involved in research projects looking at improving the rehabilitation experience.
Martin also has a background in English language teaching, with over 20 years’ experience working to develop communication skills and English language enunciation.Close
Melanie is a Speech Pathologist (Honours) who is currently completing her PhD studies in Olfactory (smell) impairment. Since the beginning of her career in 1999, she has had an interest working with patients with Acquired Brain Injury. Her desire to pursue post-graduate studies resulted from her practice with clients who had experienced changes to their sense of smell as a result of brain injury.
Mel’s perceived lack of professional knowledge in this area lead to her PhD research. Following the completion of a longitudinal study, Mel has published articles that include her findings as well as a comprehensive clinical review of her study. As a direct result of Mel’s research the Olfactory Impairment Clinic at Epworth HealthCare was officially opened in July 2015.Close
Kate graduated from LaTrobe University in 2002 with a degree in Speech Pathology. She has worked across both public and private sectors where she specialised her practice in the area of adult dysphagia (difficulty with swallowing.) Kate has a keen interest in providing holistic multidisciplinary patient focused rehabilitative care founded through her studies of public health, which she also has a degree in.
Kate has completed competency training in the areas of videofluoroscopy, tracheostomy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Outside work, Kate enjoys walking, sharing food and a glass of wine with friends and values time spend with her husband and daughter.Close
Helen has worked as a speech pathologist for more than 25 years in both public and private sectors. Her skills include assessment and treatment of adult communication, cognition, memory, voice and swallowing disorders. Helen has a special interest in neurological disorders, including stroke, head injury and Parkinson’s Disease.
She is also skilled in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and eating including performing a videofluoroscopy (swallowing x-ray). Helen is a certified LSVT® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Loud clinician, an intensive program for Parkinson’s patients that targets increasing vocal loudness, intelligibility, facial expression and confidence.Close
Andrea has worked as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian for more than 20 years. She provides comprehensive dietary assessments and nutritional therapy for a variety of conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, malnutrition and gastro-intestinal disorders. Her therapy includes educational, practical and motivational strategies to support the dietary and lifestyle changes necessary for improved health and wellbeing.
Andrea has a special interest in diabetes management and completed additional qualifications in diabetes education. Andrea will work with your diabetes team to optimise diabetes management through nutrition therapy.Close
Verity has a Masters in Dietetics, Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and a Joint Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. Verity is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Verity has a previous background in human resources and career development and uses her extensive experience in counselling and goalsetting to empower people to set personal health goals.
Verity is an advocate of healthy eating in chronic disease management and prevention, and enjoys working with people to turn research into practical advice; to helping clients achieve better health through nutrition. Her focus is on supporting people to set small, achievable goals, and discussing strategies that can be easily incorporated into a client’s busy daily schedule.
Verity has worked in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings, working with inpatients and outpatients on malnutrition prevention, wound healing, weight management, nutrition during and after cancer therapy, and after cardiac, gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery.Close
Linda is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional practice in a range of clinical settings in Australia and the UK. She has extensive experience in clinical leadership and management roles and has been the Psychology Services Manager for Epworth Rehabilitation since 2013.
Linda is able to provide a range of best practice, cognitive-behavioural interventions to clients dealing with the psychological and emotional impacts of serious injuries and serious/chronic illness. She favours a feedback-informed approach to therapy, developed collaboratively with her clients.Close