Port Macquarie Hastings Team

A dedicated team of professionals committed to
delivering excellence in Early Childhood Intervention.

 

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Early Connections offers education, therapy and support for children and their families.

We believe all children and families can learn, play and connect with the community.

Our team can meet with your child at school or child care to support your child’s inclusion.

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The Early Connections Port Macquarie-Hastings team look forward to helping your child thrive.
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Allison White
Manager Port Macquarie-Hastings

Allison joined Early Connections as Manager in 2023. She has a long term affiliation with the organisation having served on the Management Committee and being a parent of a child who attended the service.  

With both personal and professional experience with disability, Allison brings a unique lens to the organisation. 

A background in health informatics within NSW Health exposed Allison to an ever-changing landscape of IT, health and management. Allison became a parent expert in the NDIS world navigating the early scheme with her third child. This experience led to a career in disability and management. 

Having grown up in Port Macquarie Allison looks forward to supporting local families through education, therapy and supports. 

Allison works alongside the Port Macquarie Management Committee who volunteer their time to contribute to the Alliance with knowledge, expertise, advice and leadership. 

Paige Leishman

Paige Leishman

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Paige is an Occupational Therapist and a qualified swim teacher at Port Macquarie Olympic pool. Paige brings her skills from swim teaching, as well as experience working with children to ensure that they find joy and meaning within their daily lives.

Diana Smith

Diana Smith

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor Occupational Therapy

Diana enjoys working with families to achieve their unique and personal goals in activities that are meaningful to them.

Shannon Frost

Shannon Frost

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Shannon has worked as an Allied Health Assistant at a paediatric disability service. She sees communication both verbal and non–verbal as a big part of our everyday life and our identity. Shannon has trained with Sue Larkey in positive behaviour management.

Tenille Jordan

Tenille Jordan

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Tenille has worked in private practice and UK schools developing a literacy program. She loves helping others and finds it incredibly rewarding to support children and make a difference in their speech, language, literacy and overall communication.

Sue Campbell

Sue Campbell

Senior Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Sue has 22 years experience as a paediatric physiotherapist. Sue enjoys helping children achieve motor milestones and devising user friendly programs for families to slip into their daily routines. She is creative with everyday routines that can be used as developmental opportunities.

Elise Jenkins

Elise Jenkins

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Lauren has recently graduated from CSU Port Macquarie with her degree in Occupational Therapy. Lauren is passionate about working with children and families to meet their goals. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys playing sports and spending time with her friends.

Ivy-Rose Laidler

Ivy-Rose Laidler

Ivy is currently studying Occupational Therapy at CSU Port Macquaire. In the NDIS industry for nearly 4 years, Ivy has found her passion in paediatrics, and strives to assist children in exploring and navigating their goals and the world around them.

Jessica Hart

Jessica Hart

Therapy Assistant

Certificate 4 Allied Health Assistant

With previous experience as a registered nurse and midwife Jessica will work closely with our Senior Physiotherapist and is looking forward to meeting lots of great kids and their families, making physio fun and supporting families in a variety of locations.

Bronwyn Woods

Bronwyn Woods

Administrator

Finance & Accounting

Bronwyn joined the team in 2002 and manages our accounts and finances. In addition to watching children and families develop, Bronwyn loves that she is always learning in her role which she describes as varied, flexible and challenging.

Joanne Middlebrook

Joanne Middlebrook

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Diploma in Teaching

With 30 years experience in early childhood Joanne enjoys her work as a key worker supporting families and building the skills of children in their home, education and community settings. Jo helps local educators develop inclusive practices and skills and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice.

Meg Moss

Meg Moss

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 

Meg joins us with 30 years experience as an Early Childhood teacher in Preschool, Long Day Care, Early Intervention and Playgroups. Meg enjoys the diverse challenges that arise and the collaboration to solve problems with the child, family and work colleagues. She also loves to see the smile on a child’s face when they achieve their goals. 

Family Friendly Workplace

Rewarding Careers

The Early Connections Alliance has ongoing opportunities to join our wonderful highly experienced team. If you’re looking for an exciting challenge, just starting your career or searching for a seachange share your expression of interest with us today.

Family-friendly workplace

All our locations offer an inclusive and family-friendly workplace for all stages of life in the context of family. We pride ourselves on supporting flexible work arrangements and a family friendly workplace culture. 

Connect to services and supports.

The Early Connections team look forward to helping your child thrive.

 

 

 

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