Kate Jackson attended the Australian Catholic University in NSW where she obtained a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree. Kate was part of the first cohort of students to study Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University.
From the outset and throughout her studies, she found her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities and her desire to work within the health sector grew everyday.
Growing up, Kate was heavily involved in sport, in particular swimming. Kate began swimming at 18 months and continued until the age of 17. After this time, Kate chose to focus on her studies. During her time as a swimmer, Kate competed at Metropolitan, State and National levels, with a key highlight being her top 10 finish in the 5km open water swim at the Australian National Age Championships.
Kate’s love of the water then progressed to her employment as both a lifeguard and Learn to Swim teacher. Having been a teacher for the past 4 years, she believes this is where her passion for working with children started. Through her work as a teacher, she has had the opportunity to work with a range of students, from toddlers to adults. This work pushed forward her focus toward working with individuals that require additional supports. This has included working with students who have Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and
Aside from working with children, Kate has a keen interest in paediatric and adult mental health, neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, stroke and degenerative conditions, genetic and chromosomal disorders and emotional and behavioural management.
Kate is incredibly excited to have the chance to work at Occupational Therapy Helping Children and it is her goal to learn and grow in order to become the best therapist that she can be.