We spoke to Analise about her role as an Occupational Therapist within the Specialist Housing Team;
- What does being an Occupational Therapist in the Specialist Housing Team look like?
Although our role might appear niche, we are presented with such a variety of requests and opportunities for innovation each day. NDIS and housing is a new and fast evolving space; there are so many opportunities to be creative in developing housing and support solutions for participants. Our team is well connected to the SDA Alliance and other key stakeholders and governing bodies who oversee this space. I value being able to contribute feedback and suggestions which informs how this space evolves within the NDIS. It is great to see people achieve positive outcomes in SDA, SIL, and within the NSW housing space. I love to establish long-running connections with participants and their support network, and this has seen me become involved with the design, customisation, fit-outs, and transition planning for some of these housing and support solutions.
- Most OT’s love what they do, but what is it that gives you deep satisfaction with your career choice?
Working in the NDIS housing space is very fulfilling. Access to housing and support which meet a participant’s need can significantly impact their quality of life, and capacity to fulfil their goals for the future – it is fundamental to someone living what they perceive to be a “good life”. In many cases, I have seen firsthand how access to SDA has changed a participant and their family’s life course in a way that is significant. The hope, certainly, and relief that long-standing (secure), independent, community-based living can offer a participant and their family is so impactful; especially hearing family’s stories about their long-standing fears for the future regarding how they might go about ensuring the care of the participant.
- What has shaped you into the clinician you are today?
Always ensuring that my values are reflected throughout my work and in my interactions with participants. I strive to make better a participant and their family’s situation from when I found them, to where they are following my clinical input. I like to be very involved in all stages of participant’s housing and support journeys and working within the SDA team at ARC have enabled me to do this. ARC encourage their clinicians to embrace innovation and do things differently. Taking an individualised approach with each participant who I work with, listening to their stories, and producing a course of action that will best meet their unique needs while drawing from my knowledge of available resources and providers I feel has allowed me to intertwine ‘choice and control’ in a very tangible way into work that I do as an OT.