Meet the team

Meet our Brisbane based team of mental health occupational therapists & social workers

We are a community based, mobile team of occupational therapists, social workers and highly valued administrative staff. Our close-knit team facilitates a personable experience for you, and those who support you.

As therapists, we each take a holistic approach to our own daily lives, so we can best support you. Our mental health private practice ensures each person feels understood, supported and heard. Outside of our professional roles, we share a collection of passions and interests that fill our individual cups. We make space and practice self-care as a team, via creative play which has a positive impact on all who we interact with and every one of clinicians brings a unique approach to the role based on their professional and personal life experiences.

Communication and collaboration in our community is key to our growth and success, and these team-building tasks and activities are a fundamental part of working at DIWPOT.

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes

We draw on a range of occupational therapy and psychological strategies to help you build self-awareness and learn how to cope with your daily life. We offer an individualised and practical approach towards understanding your challenges and the impact these have on your ability to do what is important in your daily life.

Who are we?

Aaron Tysoe

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Managing Director & Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Aaron founded Do it with Purpose Occupational Therapy after working as a registered occupational therapist for the public sector in Brisbane. As a community mental health occupational therapist, Aaron supported and advocated for people living with serious mental illness to enhance their health and wellbeing and continue working toward their goals. 

 

Aaron was drawn to the mental health field following his first university placement in an inpatient mental health facility. ‘The variance of mental health presentations and the general lack of understanding of psychosocial illness is what really captivated me and my desire to learn more and develop the skills required to support people to reengage in everything that is meaningful to them.”

Aaron is passionate about integrating his accumulating knowledge of mental wellness, and his lived experience to support individuals to build and use their strengths to create a life full of meaning and purpose. He has a special interest and passion for adult mental health and enjoys supporting individuals to develop the skills to live more independently; learn to deal with stress and emotions; develop and maintain structure and routine and re-engage with their community.

 
Why DIWPOT?
 

Prior to 2020, I envisioned creating a community-based occupational therapy practice with a pivotal focus on supporting people living with mental illness.

As a boutique practice, we have the flexibility and opportunity to provide a tailored, personalised and client-centered service for our clients. Each and every one of our selected team members uphold the DIWPOT values and mission statement to provide exceptional care and support. Their personality, unique strengths and interests enable our clients to be paired with a practitioner that best aligns with their individual needs.

 
Get to know Aaron
 

Me as Music: Electronic dance music
Me in 5 words: Confident, resourceful, driven, compassionate, curious.
Me in Emoji: 🏖️🎧🏋️📚✈️
Me as Fruit: A tomato. Didn’t expect that, did you?
Beach or Bush?: BEACH 💯

Clare Barret

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead

Clare brings with her over 10 years of experience working as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist within various Qhealth teams, including Forensic, Homeless Mental Health, Mobile Intensive Rehabilitation and Adult Community Mental Health. Clare also spent 2 years as Complex Care Coordinator focusing on improving service integration and advocating for increased supports for those living with complex mental health issues and psychosocial disability.

Clare has an extensive range of occupational therapy specific & mental health assessment and therapy skills including dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive remediation therapy, mindfulness and sensory modulation. 

Clare is a down-to-earth therapist who endeavours to bring a compassionate, non-judgemental and holistic approach when working with all people. She aims to foster hope and motivation, in order for people to draw on their unique strengths, interests and supports to do the things they need and want to do, and live a meaningful and connected life. 

For leisure, Clare enjoys playing music and going to the park with her family and dog.

 

Why DIWPOT?
 

Working with a fun, creative and passionate group of people to support others in finding solutions, drawing on their interests and building on their strengths to live a meaningful life.

 

Get to know Clare
 

ME AS MUSIC: Musical theatre, or folk.
ME IN 5 WORDS: Outgoing, genuine, quirky, compassionate, thoughtful.
ME IN EMOJI: 🎵😍🏕️☺️🧘
ME AS A FRUIT: Mango!
BEACH OR BUSH?: Bush!

Winsome Carnegie

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Occupational Therapist

Winsome Carnegie is an accredited occupational therapist and she currently practises in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region. Winsome graduated from the University of Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2017. She is experienced in the areas of residential and community aged-care, home modifications and equipment prescription. Winsome is also a registered provider with The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and accepts DVA referrals for home safety assessments. She also has expertise in providing in-home assessments and she provides capacity building therapy services for clients with both physical and psychological health challenges.

Previously, Winsome worked in the residential aged-care setting and her roles included leading and supervising a team, completing Allied Health referrals, mobility reviews, ACFI, equipment provision, pain management, supervising new physiotherapy and occupational therapy graduates, and liaising with the facility management and General Practitioners.

Winsome has always had an interest in the mental health field and draws on her training and life experience to support adults with physical and psychosocial difficulties. Winsome is passionate about supporting people and believes that regardless of the client’s life circumstances, everyone has the right to reach their full potential in life.

 

Why DIWPOT?

 

The team is very supportive, and the work is very flexible.

 

Get to know Winsome

 

ME AS MUSIC: Rock & Roll (the soundtrack of my childhood), 80’s, country – anything but Rap!
ME IN 5 WORDS: Caring, Understanding, Innovative, Honest, Loving.
ME IN EMOJI: 🙂🤔🙃🎵🎨
ME AS A FRUIT: Apple!
BEACH OR BUSH?: Beach.

 

Nicola Kuhlmann

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Occupational Therapist

Nicola Kuhlmann is a dedicated occupational therapist who earned her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2022. Nicola brings a wealth of experience in equipment prescription, working with individuals facing neurodivergent, neurodevelopmental, and physical conditions. Her expertise extends to capacity building with both paediatric and adult populations in the NDIS space.

With a background in Residential Support Work at Mater Young Adult Health Centre in the AOD space, Nicola has cultivated a passion for aiding young people dealing with mental health conditions and problematic substance use.

Nicola’s introduction to occupational therapy in mental health occurred during her university placement with Queensland Health in community mental health. Collaborating within a multidisciplinary team, she found fulfilment in supporting individuals to achieve their goals, explore personal motivations, and connect with the most suitable services for their unique needs.

Advocating for a strengths-based and person-centred approach, Nicola firmly believes the community serves as an ideal context for fostering positive change. Nicola is committed to addressing the often-stigmatised and misunderstood nature of psychosocial disability through collaboration with clients and communities, along with advocacy and education initiatives. Her goal is to initiate positive transformations and bring about a greater understanding of psychosocial disabilities.

Why DIWPOT?

It has been my dream to work with a small team of passionate and supportive people who share common goals, provide an amazing and individualised service to clients, and facilitate the professional and personal growth of clinicians.

Get to know Nicola

ME AS MUSIC: 80s synth, indie and rock!
ME IN 5 WORDS: Open-minded, conscientious, zany, sincere, creative.
ME IN EMOJI: 😆🤧🏋️‍♀️☕🧵
ME AS A FRUIT: Plum!
BEACH OR BUSH?: Beach!

Jo Bennetts

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Occupational Therapist

Meet Jo Bennetts, an accredited occupational therapist currently servicing the Sunshine Coast to Moreton Bay areas. Jo is a proud alumna of the University of the Sunshine Coast, having graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2017.

With expertise in assistive technology, equipment prescription, functional capacity assessments, and home modifications, Jo’s skills extend to being a specialist driving occupational therapist with a keen understanding of vehicle modifications.

In her previous roles, Jo focused on working with individuals dealing with physical disabilities. Her responsibilities included assessing equipment for those living with spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neurological conditions. Additionally, Jo possesses experience in supporting applications related to assistance animals.

While Jo has a strong background in physical disabilities, she has developed a keen interest in mental health and a desire to expand her knowledge in developmental conditions, inspired by her connections with family and friends living with neurodivergence. Passionate about empowering individuals to become the best versions of themselves, Jo is dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes for her clients.

 

Why DIWPOT?

 

DIWPOT is a supportive team that actively fosters growth for both clients and clinicians. The values upheld by the team resonate with the very reasons I chose to become an occupational therapist. I am eager to contribute to a workplace where the shared commitment to purposeful and impactful occupational therapy aligns seamlessly with my professional ethos.

 

Get to know Jo

 

ME AS MUSIC: All music! Depends on my mood 😉rock, dance, blues, rap! 
ME IN 5 WORDS: Empathic, Patient, Flexible, Observant, Creative.
ME IN EMOJI: 😂🤲🤓😍🌴
ME AS A FRUIT: Mango
BEACH OR BUSH?: Both!

Photograph_Amar Mesalic

Amar Mesalic

Master of Social Work

Social Worker

Amar is a highly experienced social worker and specialist support coordinator, with over 5 years’ experience working with participants on the NDIS. Amar works with participants of all ages and specialises in working with adult participants presenting with severe and persistent mental illness including depression and anxiety, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Amar also has speciality in working with participants with backgrounds of Trauma, and Acquired Brain Injury.

Amar uses the asset-based community development (ABCD) model when working individually with clients. ABCD is a ‘bottom-up’ approach with its core principles being that everyone has strengths and assets, and that relationships build a community. Social workers as ‘connectors’ are responsible in ensuring participants are linked with their communities. Amar is also passionate about poststructuralist ideology and promotes social justice, and equal opportunity and access in his every day practice. 

When Amar isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his partner and his two dogs, and watching and playing sports.

You can contact Amar via mobile on 0426 862 074 or via email at amar@doitwithpurpose.com

 

Why DIWPOT?

 

Amar has always been passionate about working with a small team of like-minded individuals within the mental health sector.

 

Get to know Amar

 

Me as Music: It might depend on my mood that day
Me in 5 words: compassionate, committed, persistent, thoughtful, conscientious
Me in Emoji: ♂️🎮🦮📺🌯
Me as fruit: A ‘what fruit am I’ quiz told me I was an apple.
Beach or bush: Can I say both?

 

Gillian Adams

Project-based Administration

Gillian Adams (Gill) provides a range of administrative services to the Do it with Purpose team. Gill has many years of experience in executive and administrative support, most recently as an Executive Officer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Within DIWP OT, Gill is currently using her experience of governance, planning, compliance, analysis, risk management, incident management, human resources management and health and safety to document and structure our practices into policies and procedures.

Gill has a strong belief that effective communication underscores much of what we do in our professional lives. Distilling our practices into a documented form calls on her expertise in Science Communication.

Outside of work, Gill lives in green Buderim amid the trees and kangaroos with her husband (Peter) of over 40, and a motely collection of pets. (A homage to her first degree as a Veterinary Surgeon).

 

Why DIWPOT?

 

Having known Aaron for many many years, I love that I can use my skills to support a worthy cause, and people I care about.

 

 

Get to know Gillian

 

ME AS MUSIC: If I had to choose…probably pop music.
ME IN 5 WORDS: Knowledgeable, supportive, compassionate, stubborn, loyal.
ME IN EMOJI: 😀👍🎯💕💐
ME AS A FRUIT: Pink Lady Apple…sweet, crisp – and a little bit tart!
BEACH OR BUSH?: Bush.

Damien Campbell Photograph1

Damien Campbell

Administrator

Damien provides administrative services for the DIWP OT team to assist their effective work with participants and other service providers.

Damien has worked in the health industry for over 10 years and having taken up a career as a remedial massage therapist. He therefore brings a wealth of experience in the effective administration of health services.

Why DIWPOT?
 

The flexibility of working hours, plus a friendly, vibrant team.


Get to know Damien

ME AS MUSIC: Acoustic ANYTHING
ME IN 5 WORDS: Caring, Lively, Ambitious, Determined, Funny.
ME IN EMOJI: 😂🏋️🫶🤪🌴
ME AS A FRUIT: Orange
BEACH OR BUSH?: …why not both?!

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