Senior Occupational Therapist
Bernadette Shannon is a Senior Occupational Therapist with a wealth of experience, having worked with children and their families for over 20 years. She has a passion for working with babies born prematurely, and babies or children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or other neurological conditions. She enjoys working alongside families to optimise their child’s development and facilitate their ability to play, learn and participate in everyday activities.
Bernadette completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland in 1998. She has worked as an OT in a wide range of paediatric settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including tertiary hospitals, community centres, educational settings and home-based early intervention research.
This includes working as a Senior Occupational Therapist at the University College London Hospital, where she was responsible for developing the acute OT service and establishing the OT service supporting families and their babies in the neonatal nursery.
She returned to Australia in 2006, and took on the role of Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist leading the Paediatric OT team at Monash Childrens’ Hospital in Melbourne. Here she established and developed the OT service in the neonatal nursery.
Bernadette has also worked at the Mater Hospital Brisbane in the neonatal nurseries and paediatric outpatient services, and continues to work there casually.
She currently also works for the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, working in home-based early intervention studies for babies at high risk or with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She loves coaching parents and facilitating enrichment of their home environment, to help babies develop to their full potential.
She is a member of the Australian Association for Occupational Therapy (AAOT). Bernadette is a certified Advanced Prechtl General Movement Assessment (GMA) Scorer. This Prechtl GMA is an assessment tool used as part of best practice in the assessment of premature infants and infants at risk of cerebral palsy. She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor and loves to teach parent how to massage their baby and the many benefits of infant massage.
Bernadette pursued a career in Paediatric Occupational Therapy because she is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their goals. She loves working and playing with them, and thinking creatively to find effective ways to help them develop in areas of difficulty and further enhance their strengths.
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