Child Activity

OT Team

Joanne Macaulay

Joanne is a local to the Sunshine Coast region and has a special passion for supporting young children with ASD. Jo values placing a light level of focus on understanding all environmental factors that may impact children and their development and believes it’s extremely important to work within a family and child centred model. Joanne enjoys working with all key stake holders to help achieve goals.

Bringing broad experience across a range of disabilities and developmental conditions, Joanne is extremely passionate about providing early intervention therapy for children with Autism. Joanne has extensive experience in Autism Early Intervention, across of a range on approaches and settings (e.g. school based, home based and clinic). Jo has certification in the highly-regarded Early Start Denver Model, and Joanne is very excited to be using this model to provide evidence-based Early Intervention therapy for her clients.

Joanne is a hands on therapist, who fully encapsulates ‘finding the smile” and utilising play based therapy. 

Joanne completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Master’s in Education specialising in Applied Behavioural Analysis, from Monash University. Joanne is trained in Applied Behavioural Analysis, Secret Agent Society, Early Start Denver Model and DIR floor time. 

Karissa Marshall

Karissa is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children in paediatric practice and supporting those with special needs to reach their full potential. Karissa has a strong interest in supporting children to be able to participate in gross motor occupations, management of sensory processing and helping children engage in physical play and sporting pursuits. 

Karissa understands and appreciates the benefits of physical participation following her personal commitment to her career in gymnastics, where she competed at a national level and coached many children to achieve their gymnastic goals. Her passion for gymnastics enabled her the privilege of developing and facilitating a gymnastics-based intervention program, giving children the opportunity to develop gross motor skills as well as social interaction with other peers. Her passion for inclusion within the sporting sector drives and motivates her goal of "closing the gap for children with special needs to access sport without barriers".

As with all the Collaborative Partnerships OTs, personal and professional development is a priority for Karissa, to ensure consistent provision of evidence-based intervention, and the best possible outcome for children accessing therapy, and their families.

Karissa has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Curtain University in WA, and maintains a full registration with AHPRA.

Kimberley Smith

Kimberley is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist passionate about working with children and families to achieve their goals and has particular passion for supporting children in occupations that require the development of self-regulation and executive function skills.

Growing up in a small country town, Kimberley relocated to the Sunshine Coast to complete her degree and has been working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with the Queensland Department of Education for most of her career. This experience has enabled her to become very well acquainted with supporting children with school-based needs.

Together with her husband, Kimberley cares for a big fluffy (old) dog named Sook, and a rescue cat (who is blind) named Marlee.

Kimberley has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast and maintains a full registration with AHPRA.

Rachael Anderson

Growing up in Bundaberg. Rachael has called the Sunshine Coast home for the past 6 years. Working as a school-based Occupational Therapist for over 4 years, across the Wide Bay/Burnett and wider Sunshine Coast/Murrumba regions. Rachael’s passion for paediatric occupational therapy stems from her own life story of a premature start to life, and volunteer roles at paediatric occupational therapy practices during high school and university.

Rachael has experience in supporting children with a variety of cognitive, neurological, sensory, and physical disabilities from early childhood through to senior high school. Using evidence-based practice and contemporary assessments, Rachael has supported hundreds of children (and their education teams) to enable these children to participate in the school activities they need, want and should be doing. 

Rachael lives with her partner Lance (and their 70,000 honey bees!). Rachael enjoys playing her flute in a local concert band, painting and making pottery creations.

Rachael Anderson has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast and maintains full registration with AHPRA.

Sam Gourley 

Samuel Gourley has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sam has been local to the region since moving up from Tasmania in 2008. Sam has a passion for paediatric Occupational Therapy and maintains full registration with AHPRA. In 2014, Sam was nominated for the prestigious Epilepsy Queensland Health Services Award for outstanding service to people with Epilepsy. Sam has extensive experience in supporting children with ASD and complex behavioural needs using a number of evidence-based approaches. Sam has also trained and educated hundreds of Queensland teachers, daycare/early learning educators and child health workers on how to best support children with disabilities in education settings, and is regularly contracted by schools to provide consultation and professional development services.

Sam and his wife Kelli-Anne are parents to five beautiful children, Olive (10), Hazel (8), Bennett (4), Patterson (3) and their new baby Marigold. Sam is an avid video blogger and loves sharing child development tips on social media (Follow Sam for Updates! Facebook - Sam Gourley Occupational Therapist or Instagram - @samgourleyot).

Toni Hall

Toni is a passionate paediatric Occupational Therapist, who has worked in private practice for the majority of her professional career. She is a citizen of New Zealand who has called the Sunshine Coast home for the past 3 years. Toni is passionate about paediatric practice and supporting children to reach their full potential. Toni loves nature and loves to find ways to use the power of the natural environment to support children in the developmental journey.

In addition to her qualification as an OT, Toni is a fully qualified yoga teacher and she incorporates her love of whole-body wellness, nature, and movement with her passion for helping children and families. Toni has a special certification with the Westmead Feelings Program.

Toni Hall completed her Occupational Therapy studies through Otago Polytechnic in Hamilton, New Zealand. Toni maintains full registration with AHPRA.