Avanza Rehab was established by Kate Pollard, combining her diverse clinical skills and experience with Lifetime Care and Support, Workerscare and CTP schemes, specifically with severe injuries.
We are Occupational Therapists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA and members of Occupational Therapy Australia.
We provide assessment and treatment for people with complex injuries following motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries. We also provide assessment and treatment for people with disabilities including neurological disorders and vision impairments.
We have expanded our case management and occupational therapy services into more regional areas including Canberra and the south western region of NSW. We are happy to travel to any area of the state for one off assessments and therapy.
Kate Pollard has been working as a case manager since 2008 and has been an Occupational Therapist since 1989. She worked at Access Brain Injury Services in Sydney from September 2008. Prior to that Kate worked at Allianz CTP managing a team of rehabilitation advisors who worked with people with complex and catastrophic injuries.
Kate is a registered Occupational Therapist and has qualifications in Rehabilitation Counselling, primary education and a Masters in Linguistics having lived overseas in South America for many years. She speaks Spanish fluently.
Kate has extensive experience in paediatrics having worked with children with cerebral palsy, vision impairments and neurological conditions at the Spastic Society of Victoria, Vision Australia and overseas in private practice and in schools. She also has experience with people with vision impairments and blindness.
Elizabeth is an experienced occupational therapist who has worked with people with brain injuries, in forensic and general psychiatry with people with mental health conditions and in neurology and orthopaedics. She has experience working with children in schools with complex intellectual disabilities. Elizabeth has skills in providing guidance and support using a person centred approach. She has skills in assessment of people with cognitive and complex needs. Elizabeth has skills in implementing comprehensive neuro-cognitive assessments of people with brain tumours and developing cognitive rehabilitation treatment programs for people with cognitive dysfunction. She has experience delivering standardized assessments of executive functioning, memory and attention for adults and assessment and treatment of children with working memory and executive dysfunction.
Most recently she has worked in a pain management program developing programs for people with complex needs including goal setting, problem solving and developing action plans.