About Ability Focus Occupational Therapy

for Children and Families

Ability Focus Occupational Therapy (AFOT) provides assessment and therapy for children and adolescents. We offer clinic based treatment options at Georgetown as well as a mobile service for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions.

Ability Focus Occupational Therapy was born in 2013 by colleagues Rachel Elliott & Rhiannon Pilgrim. Since then the AFOT family has grown and we now have an amazing team of OTs and an incredible Practice Manager, Tim, and Administration Coordinator, Trish. Have a peek at our staff profiles to get to know us.

Our team share a common view in working with children & families ensuring that services are family focused and collaborative. We know the importance of consistency amongst therapists, so aside from being different people you can be assured that we all work the same as each other and you will be getting looked after no matter who your OT is.

Each OT takes a functional and practical approach to therapy; whatever we do at the clinic you can do at home. We know the importance of empowering the family and a big part of our approach is giving you some extra tools you as parents can use to help your child.

What our families love is the real family feel they get when you embark on your OT journey with us. You and your child will get to know not just your own OT but you’ll see the others around from time to time and may even stop to have a chat to them. Tim and Trish are always around and the kids love seeing them just as much as seeing their OT – sometimes they just want to hang out with Tim or Trish.

As a team, we are constantly upskilling ourselves and attend at least two formal courses a year in addition to constant research and mentoring. This ensures that your OT is always using best practice and evidence based strategies.


Rachel has been working with kids and their families in the Newcastle area since graduating from the University of Newcastle. A passion for working with children and their families started […]


Rhiannon started her career and her passion as an Occupational Therapist in 2007 after graduating from the University of Newcastle. Since then she has dedicated her focus as an OT […]


Tim is the Practice Manager at Ability Focus Occupational Therapy. A background in Out of Home Care and Disability Case Management has given Tim understanding of the complexity of accessing […]


Trish is our Administration Coordinator who joined us in 2019. Together with her administration experience in the community services sector, Trish also has a background in working directly with children […]

Amanda M

Amanda Metcalf received her Occupational Therapy degree from Newcastle University in 2002. Since this time, Amanda has enjoyed many opportunities for growth both professionally and personally as she has worked […]


Sarah completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle in 2017. During placement opportunities she has enjoyed working with people of all ages in the mental health, […]

Claire B

Claire completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle in 2018. Since finishing school, she developed a passion for working with children and young people through a […]

Amanda D

Amanda is a Newcastle girl who returned home after stints living in Canberra and Sydney.  Amanda studied law and had a career in the public service before following her passion […]

Claire D

Claire has always enjoyed helping others reach their goals in life, no matter how big or small. After occupational therapy placements in mental health, rehabilitation, primary schools and a handful […]


Jack is an Occupational Therapy Assistant who is completing his university studies in Occupational Therapy. Jack has loved his previous experience in mental health and paediatrics, which he believes has […]


Tiarna is an Occupational Therapy Assistant currently completing her second year of her Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Newcastle. Tiarna is pursuing a love for Paediatric Occupational Therapy that […]

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