Having recently added Specialist Disability Accommodation and home modification assessments to a growing list of services, Rocky Bay now have a dedicated Advanced Clinician in Assistive Technology in Amy Savourey, who provides customers with high-quality support in Assistive Technology (AT).
Amy has worked as an Occupation Therapist (OT) for 10 years, and in her role focuses on providing support to customers who are selecting AT to support their NDIS goals, provide training in AT for other Rocky Bay therapists, as well as up-to-date information on AT developments in the disability sector.
Her role also sees her support other Rocky Bay therapists in completing AT applications and prescribing AT for their customers, advocate for customer’s AT needs when it comes to the NDIS or other funding bodies, and continuously research and implement innovative AT options for customers.
Get to know Amy and her role a little better with our Q&A below!
How long have you worked in your field?
I’ve been at Rocky Bay for three years and have worked as an OT for ten years. I worked previously in various hospital departments, and also FIFO on a mine site supporting workers compensation. For most of my career I have supported customers with assistive technology needs.
Describe a typical day in your role?
My role is quite varied and no two days are the same. I support therapists and their customers with complex AT and equipment needs throughout the entire equipment process from assessment, shortlisting suitable AT options, trialling and writing funding applications.
I support customers with their AT needs within the home, including accessing environmental controls such as turning on and off the lights or air conditioning.
As part of my role, I also coordinate the AT Mentor program, where participants gain a Certificate IV in Assistive Technology Mentoring. The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform as an AT Mentor, assisting and supporting people with disability and/or carers to make informed choices about their assistive technology and home modification needs.
I am also part of the NeuroNode team, offering trials of the NeuroNode Trilogy to internal and external customers across WA. The NeuroNode is a 3-in-1 device that combines eye gaze, touch control and electromyography (EMG) control to support communication, as well as home environment controls.
Tell us more about your experience in the field?
I’ve been fortunate to work in a variety of settings to develop my clinic skills in both acute and community areas, as well as with a wide range of diagnoses.
I started my journey at Rocky Bay as a generalist Occupational Therapist, before moving into the AT team. Throughout my career I have seen the impact the right piece of AT can have on someone’s life, and I have always been drawn to using AT to support a customer to achieve their goals and increase their independence.
What do you love most about your role?
I love the variety the role brings, I am able to work with a range of customers with different goals and needs, as well as working with and supporting therapists I may not have had the opportunity to work with otherwise.
What do you love to do in your free time?
I love attending live music events, exploring local cafes and restaurants and travelling within Australia and overseas.
What are three things you can’t live without and why?
- Family and friends, including the fur babies
- Fresh air – I love spending time outside at the beach or local park
- Great food and wine