Kelsey McIntosh: Occupational Therapist
Kelsey graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 2016 seeking a career change that would allow her to work at the frontline of healthcare.
Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Journalism) from the University of Wollongong, during which she completed an exchange at Oxford University and interned with Cancer Council NSW.
Kelsey began career as Occupational Therapist for the Nowra Adult Mental Health Service before moving into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wollongong. Here Kelsey worked closely within a multi-disciplinary team and alongside external community stakeholders to ensure children and their families were supported across all environments.
She also facilitated a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Life Skills group and worked from a sensory based approach to support children with anxiety, depression and attachment concerns.
Time spent living in the UK and working within a boarding school developed Kelsey’s love of working with children through movement and nature. During her university studies, Kelsey spent time volunteering in Alice Springs and other remote communities within the Northern Territory, educating school students about health care and the prospect of health care careers, driven by a passion of the provision of equal access to health care.
Since joining the Unique Kids Clinic family in January 2019, Kelsey has had the opportunity to develop her clinical skills and knowledge through ongoing training;
There’s a Traffic Jam in my Brain (Gen Jereb)
Therapeutic Listening (Shelia Frick)
DIR 101: An introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime (Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning)
Decoding Autism (Kim Barthel)
When words are not enough; How to engage the body to disrupt entrenched patterns (Pat Ogden)
Kelsey will also be involved with Camp Jabiru in 2020, facilitated by the Sensory Gym.