The specialist Healthy Living Centre team are passionate about supporting you to reach your goals.
Whether it’s trialling and securing assistive technology to increase your independence, supporting you to reach a new level of fitness or mobility, or even just enjoying a weekend getaway in beautiful Far North Queensland, our team are here to help you get the most out of your visit.
To get in touch with our team and learn more about how we can support you at the Centre, feel free to contact us.
Margaret McDonald – Regional Manager, Queensland North
Drawing on her 25+ years of experience in the human services sector, Margaret helps to ensure people with a physical disability, both inside and outside the Centre, receive the right support and services to live an empowered and equitable life.
Ben Giggs – Guests and Services Manager
Ben helps every guest at the Centre feel welcomed, using his extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as disability services.
Ben is available to help you check in, organise memberships and sessions at the Active Gym and Hydro Pool, connect you with our Allied Health team and make sure your needs are being met.
Georgia Fowler – Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapist, Georgia can help you source and apply for rehabilitation equipment and assistive technology, including modifications for your home, vehicle or work.
Originally from Melbourne, Georgia moved to Cairns in 2014 and said she can’t see herself leaving this beautiful part of Australia any time soon as she uses her skills and knowledge to help her clients to reach their goals.
Lucy Burke – Occupational Therapist
Lucy brings more than a decade of experience in clinical areas to the Healthy Living Centre, including paediatric care, Indigenous family health and disability services.
Lucy can assist you to find solutions to live an empowered and more comfortable life, working with you to source assistive equipment to suit your everyday lifestyle, regardless of your level of disability.
Elise Reddicliffe – Exercise Physiologist
Born and raised in Cairns, Elise is ready to kickstart your journey towards your personal fitness and rehabilitation goals as the Healthy Living Centre’s resident Exercise Physiologist.
Working with the Active Gym, Active Hydro Pool, and other members of the Allied Health team, Elise is ready to create an exercise and fitness plan for you that is specifically tailored to your individual lifestyle and capabilities.
Julie Ince – Physiotherapist
Julie has worked as a Physiotherapist around the world, including England, North America, Tonga and Sydney before bringing her skills to Cairns.
As a specialist in physiotherapy services for people with physical disabilities, Julie can help you with pain management, strengthening, stretching, wheelchair skills training, neurological rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, planning gym programs and more.
Helen Ridgewell – NDIS Supports Coordinator
The NDIS can often be complex to navigate – Helen assists participants to better understand the NDIS and works with them to identify the most appropriate services and supports to reach their goals.
Helen is ready to use her wealth of knowledge she’s gained from 18 years’ experience in the community service sector, including aged care, disabilities and working within the National Disability Insurance Agency, to help her clients take control of their plans.
Sarah McVeigh – Client Services Officer
As a Client Support Officer for our Personal Support and Home Care Services, Sarah works with clients and their support workers to ensure a high standard of care.
Sarah assists with organising personal support for visitors of the Healthy Living Centre and in-home services for people with physical disability throughout North Queensland who can use a bit of extra support in their day-to-day lives.