The Occupational Therapist’s main focus is to support children to engage in their primary occupation of being a student. The role of the Occupational Therapist at St Lucy’s School is to enhance the teaching of fine and gross motor skills across the school, and to assist students to access all areas of the curriculum and their environment to the best of their ability. This may include support with seating and positioning, handwriting and typing, self care skills including toileting and dressing, and gross motor skill development. The Occupational Therapist collaborates closely with the classroom teachers and teacher aides to set goals, and assess the achievement of those goals.

2016 Occupational therapy Staff

Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills graduated from Sydney University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). She is an Accredited Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Lauren’s first role was at Mercy Care Hospital in Young NSW where she provided comprehensive Occupational Therapy services to Paediatric and adult clients in the Young and Harden districts. Following that she returned to Sydney and worked in the Eastern Suburbs region for Lifestart Early Intervention Services. She was hired as the Coordinator to set up and develop a new Therapy Transition program for children with special needs who were going to a mainstream school the following year. As part of this role she worked closely with Ageing Disability and Home Care to successfully establish the program. She was also the Team leader of a multidisciplinary team. Following this she became the Area manager and Head of the Therapy Transition program at Lifestart and was responsible for running their Eastern Suburbs branch. She was responsible for managing 50+ children and their families and a multidisciplinary team of 8 professionals, managing budgets and community grants and was also the Occupational Therapist on the team working with the children, families, preschool and schools. Lauren also did the Area management position for Lifestart’s Eastwood branch as well before leaving to work at St Lucy’s in 2013. Lauren was hired as the Senior Occupational Therapist for St Lucy’s where she is responsible for coordinating the Occupational Therapy services for St Lucy’s. As part of this role she provides WH&S advice for staff and also sits on the WH&S committee for the school.  In 2014 Lauren Acted as the Head of Therapy Services for 6 months. This role includes management of the therapy team, as well as coordination and provision of training and workshops to the school and wider community.

Lauren has completed additional training in the Alert Program, Accidental counselling and the Secret Agent Society.

Anuja Sawant

Anuja Sawant graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy and holds registration with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy in America with Pediatrics as her Practice Area of Emphasis. She is also a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Anuja has worked extensively with children diagnosed with developmental delays in areas of motor function, visual perceptual dysfunction and sensory processing. She has received specialised training in Handwriting problems and their Management, Sensory Processing and Seating and Positioning. At St. Lucy’s Anuja is involved in designing and implementing developmentally appropriate therapy programs to help students access the school curriculum. She holds a special interest in developing independence in self care skills in children with disabilities and using technology for adaptive function.

Catherine Hays

Catherine has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney and has been working as an occupational therapist for the past 15 years.  She is a registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of NSW/Australia.

Catherine is currently working part time at St Lucy’s.

Prior to working at St Lucy’s Catherine worked for The Northcott Society in their Early Intervention and School Aged Services,  in special education in the United Kingdom and as a Private Practice Paediatric OT.