Meet Rachel Hammond

How long have you been with DWSP?

I started work as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the DWSP team just over a year ago.

In a couple of sentences, talk us through your role at DWSP

My role at DWSP involves a clinical case list working as an Occupational Therapist, supporting our clients and families to be the best that they can be and working across a range of area’s including fine and gross motor development, self care (including conquering the poo’s and wee’s!), sensory integration and modulation as well as supporting the development of attention and concentration.

My go to phrase when explaining Occupational Therapy is supporting people to reach their full pOTential and gain as much independence in their lives as possible. I will also be working with some of our graduate therapists to support them in developing their skills as therapists.

What is your favourite part of your role?

The excitement for a family when we achieve a goal we have been working towards!  I also enjoy working alongside Dee (our Clinical Director) to develop the role and scope of our OTs within the DWSP practice.  We work together to ensure that our care is evidence based, and that our services are innovative and helping families and clients as much as possible, 

Where did you grow up?

Country Victoria – a small town called Terang. I moved to Melbourne to study Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University in Bundoora.

Before DWSP, what was the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever had?

I grew up working in my aunt and uncles milk bar – I still make an excellent hamburger with the lot!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love sewing, sports (netball and recently football!) and time with my friends a family. I have a big family and we are lucky that we get to spend a bit of time together!

If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be?

It would have to be flying!