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Meet Kalgoorlie Occupational Therapist Fiona Brooke
• 360 Health + Community
• NDIS therapy
• Assistive technology
• Home modifications
• Positive behavioural support
• Sensory & emotional regulation
Tell us – where are you from and how did you get to be an OT in Kalgoorlie?
I am originally from Zimbabwe and spent most of my childhood there. I studied my undergraduate degree in South Africa in BSc Psychology and Physiology and then started my Masters in OT at Curtin in Perth and finally graduated in July 2019. I used recruitment agents to start searching for regional jobs and heard about this 360 OT job in Kalgoorlie going through Sugarman. Within 2 weeks of sending through the application, I got offered the place.
What do you love about Kalgoorlie?
So far, I really love the raw nature and the wild aspect of it, it makes you feel like you’re in an old western movie. And the people I have met so far have been welcoming and lovely.
Did you always want to be an OT?
No, as I only discovered what it was during my gap year before undergrad when doing some volunteer work at a special education school. I researched what it was and from then on, I was hooked
What is your passion?
My passions are working with individuals of all ages who are experiencing mental health issues, as a result of trauma of all kinds and expanding my knowledge of physical disabilities, such as burns, amputations and spinal cord injuries. To work in collaboration with people and their support systems to optimise their engagement in everyday life as a valued member of society.
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
At the pool doing laps or wondering around town, watching TV, reading a book or exploring and seeing what this interesting town has to offer.