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The Infants' Home Allied Health Team

Child & Family Health Nurse

MERYL BURN

Meryl is a registered nurse with Mothercraft qualifications.

She has previously worked with the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Australian Inland Mission in South Australia, and Tresillian.

She is currently employed as the on site nurse for our early childhood education centres, and coordinates our intake program for children and families living with vulnerabilities or additional needs.

Meryl is passionate about The Infants' Home's model of integrated and collaborative service provision for children and families.

 

Director of Allied Health, Speech Therapist

SIMONE HAYES

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney

Simone has over twelve years’ experience in supporting children with additional needs.  She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 2014 and has since been working with children and families in both early childhood and primary school settings.

Simone’s primary area of focus is early intervention for children experiencing learning and social communication difficulties.

Simone takes a holistic view of the child.  She is a passionate advocate for the importance of pre-literacy including the development of oral language skills and supporting children’s understanding.

Simone’s practise has included applying knowledge of sensory integration with the Developmental, Individual Difference, and Relationship based model (DIR Floortime).  She is a Hanen member with certification in the ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program and is also trained in the attachment based Circle of Security intervention approach.  Simone explains:  “we know having a few secure relationships when children are young makes such a difference to their ability to form relationships at an older age.  If you can’t engage with people, learning doesn’t happen”.

 

Occupational Therapy

JUSTINE TARRANT

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Justine has worked as an Occupational Therapist in both New South Wales and Queensland for the past five years.  Justine specialises in early intervention, working with children from birth to six years of age and their families.

Justine has completed extensive professional development in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorders, Regulatory Issues and Developmental Disorders. She practices therapy that is developmental, relationship and strengths based and understands the importance of developing and building on children’s social and emotional capacities.

Justine enjoys working closely with families and other professionals and has presented a range of workshops including: challenging behaviours, positive interactions, sensory processing, fine motor and school readiness. 

 

Family Support

ALICIA OLLES

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney

Alicia has over 15 years of experience in social work, and has worked with client groups including children aged from birth through to adolescence and their families.

Alicia has acquired her social work experience at Centrelink and NSW Health, including working in Community Health and St George Hospital.

Alicia is passionate about strengthening  parenting capacity and is an accredited facilitator of parenting programs such as Circle of Security (in both English and Spanish), Tuning in to Kids, Bringing Up Great Kids, and Keeping Kids in Mind.

Alicia coordinates the Infants Home Parenting and Targeted Transition to School Programs.

Alicia is committed to working with children and families using a strengths based approach. Alicia strives to strengthen and build capacity in children, families and the community at large.

 

SAMANTHA FIELDES

Bachelor of Social Work, Australian Catholic University

Samantha has over 25 years’ experience working with individuals and families, graduating as a Social Worker in 2013.

Throughout Samantha’s career, she has considered it a privilege to work with a variety of people experiencing disadvantage and life challenges. Many of these challenges have included living with a disability, poor mental health and chronic health. Samantha has extensive experience working with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, many of whom may have experienced homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, social stigma, isolation and displacement. Samantha’s current work at the Infants’ Home consists of working with families from a holistic and person centred approach, and with the understanding that individuals are the experts in their own lives.

Samantha’s personal motivation is to facilitate meaningful and positive change for families, fostering resilience and self-determination in individuals and the communities in which they live.

Samantha was a parent at the Infants’ Home back in the early 2000s, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the work that The Infants’ Home continues to do and the vision that it strives for.

“It’s a privilege to work as part of a professional integrated team who share the same passion for the health & well-being of families and community.” – Samantha Fieldes

 

Dietetics

ALICIA GRUNSEIT

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), University of Newcastle

Alicia is an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who specialises in working with children with a wide range of conditions including; food allergies, fussy eating, iron deficiency, problems introducing solids, constipation, ADHD, and Autism.

Alicia works with families to provide practical advice which is achievable, building on the skills they have to provide a healthy environment for their children.

After one year working in Australia as a community dietitian with Sanitarium Nutrition Service, Alicia gained experience working as a senior paediatric dietitian in Blackburn, UK, (a multicultural city north of Manchester) for four years.

Alicia is a mother of a toddler, with another child on the way, and understands the demands of children and the challenges of motherhood (and the frustration in seeing a meal you have lovingly prepared thrown on the floor!)

Alicia can work with you to make mealtimes less stressful and overcome any nutrition problems your family may have.

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