Hayley Johnston

Occupational Therapist

Hayley is an Occupational Therapist that takes pride in her job and recognizes what a privilege it is to be invited into peoples lives, learn their stories and support them in achieving their goals. Hayley has worked in various adult and pediatric settings in Victoria within home, kindergarten, school, hospital and community health centres. In 2018 she spent some time traveling around the world – volunteering time at clinics, hospitals while gaining a more worldly perspective of healthcare, Occupational Therapy and life.

Hayley graduated from La Trobe University Melbourne in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. While studying she spent 3 years working as a behavioral and play based therapist with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Being the eldest child of 7, Hayley has always had a nurturing side and has been drawn towards working with people, she is passionate about supporting children and adults to thrive and engage in life in the most meaningful way.

Hayley has a strong drive toward a team approach to care, patient and family centered care and health equity. Hayley is an enthusiastic, caring, creative and open therapist and she dedicates herself to support people in a way that is holistic and tailored to their individual life experience.

Most recently Hayley has gained NBCOT registration as an Occupational Therapist in the United States, more specifically in New York City. Hayley is always looking to expand her knowledge, areas of practice and therapy styles, consumer engagement is a big part of this for Hayley – utilizing consumer experiences to work with people in a way that meets individual needs. Hayley is excited by the progression of online therapy and the opportunity it has to meet gaps in therapy and healthcare needs.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Adult home and functional assessments
  • ASD
  • Assistive Technology assessments
  • Behaviour management
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Mealtimes
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Play and social skills/behaviour management
  • Play therapy and social intervention skills
  • School readiness/Handwriting
  • Self care/Toileting
  • Self-care skills
  • Sensory processing and regulation
  • Visual perception and motor coordination assessments and family intervention
  • Stroke and Neurology in adults
  • Wheelchair training and prescription