B Sc OT, Cert IV Business
Nicole graduated from Curtin University in 2000 and was appointed into a National Clinical Coordinator role within two years for Advanced Personnel Management (APM), Tasmania. Her strengths in working efficiently and independently saw her approached by a number of workplace rehabilitation agencies on her return to Perth, working for both the ORS Group and WorkFocus Australia.
Nicole’s interest in occupational health and safety led to further studies and roles including consulting, coordinating and later management in OHS for Chevron Texaco, the Burswood Entertainment Complex (Crown) and Active.
Nicole’s recent management work has included leading Coles in its safety management systems including employees, contractors, visitors and customers across 80 supermarkets throughout Western Australia as well as coaching in safety, injury prevention and management to all levels of business.
Nicole has started her Post Graduate Studies in Occupational Health and Safety.
Yvonne von Guttenberg
B.Sc (Physio) Masters OHS
Yvonne graduated from Curtin University as a Physiotherapist in 1996, starting work in the mid and north west of Western Australia including Geraldton and the Kimberley. She then worked as a clinical therapist for ten years, a large portion of this in private practice with MTM Physiotherapy in Leederville.
Yvonne returned to study to complete her Master’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Her combined knowledge of human factors as well as health and safety enable her to work on projects both preventative and rehabilitative. Yvonne’s passion is working with organizations to assist with the development and implementation of their corporate health and safety management.
Yvonne has spent the past few years working on projects which have included work in mining within the East Pilbara, in-house as an injury management advisor and currently is working on a project for an international pharmaceutical company requiring the development of a best practice occupational medicine support and injury management system.
B Psych B Sc (Psych), Assoc MAPS
Amanda is a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years experience assisting people with injuries and disabilities in Western Australia.
Amanda’s experience includes complex case management, assessment and vocational counselling services to assist injured workers to adjust to disability and return to work. She has provided services across a range of markets including: the Western Australian and New South Wales State based Workers Compensation systems, ComCare, self-insured, Department of Defence, Department of Veteran Affairs, income protection and ICWA.
Amanda specialises in areas of redeployment and carries out comprehensive vocational assessments as well as undertaking labour market research and job search assistance. As a Registered Psychologist she also provides psychological counseling and debriefing services.
Amanda is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society and a board approved supervisor for Provisionally Registered Psychologists.
B.Sc OT, Grad. Dip. Human Resource Management
Sonja’s post graduate experience has been in injury management and prevention working since 1995 in a variety of vocational settings including both the Western Australian and National (ComCare and Seacare) Workers Compensation systems. Her tenure has included work for three national vocational rehabilitation providers as both an Occupational Therapist and Injury Management Consultant for: Active Injury Management, ORS Group and WorkFocus Australia before launching Occupational Fitness Solutions in 2004.
During her 18 years in occupational medicine, Sonja’s work has included the management of long term, high cost, and complex workers compensation cases, training organisations in best practice injury management, mentoring and management of Injury Management Advisors as well as quality and project management. Sonja worked as a clinical tutor at Curtin University within the School of Occupational Therapy and continues to guest lecture.
Sonja is a member of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) and is a registered Occupational Therapist.
B.Sc (Ex. Phys)
Tim is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with the Exercise and Sports Science Association (ESSA), and is currently contracted to Rio Tinto Iron Ore in an Injury Management Advisor role.
Tim graduated from the University of WA in 2004 with a Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science.
Tim gained clinical exercise physiology experience while practising and co-ordinating the daily management of a private practice across two clinics for 3.5 years. Here clinical Exercise Physiology services were provided for musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions including those clients on workers’ compensation.
Tim then commenced work with WorkFocus Australia, as an Injury Management Consultant over 4 years. Services were provided to a variety of employment environments including retail, transport, farming and mining, all within the WA Workers’ Compensation jurisdiction. Services were provided to assist injured workers to return to work, or for redeployment into new employment. Tim was also responsible for providing Exercise Physiology services and conducting Physical Work Performance Evaluations. Tim later took an Account Manager role working with a small number of ongoing customers.
More recently Tim worked as an Injury Management Advisor and then promoted into the Injury Management Team Leader (WA) role for Coles. Over the course of this work, Tim worked closely with the Self Insured Provider Group, management and was responsible for a portfolio of claims including the overall injury management of injured employees within the WA workforce.
Emma Polinelli (nee Wynne)
B Sc (Physio) B Arts (Psych and Public Relations)
Emma graduated from Notre Dame University, Fremantle and is Registered Physiotherapist currently working on a project for Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s rail division. Emma has partially completed an Arts degree in Psychology and Public Relations.
Since graduation, Emma has worked for two private physiotherapy practices in Perth: I-Physio and GM Physiotherapy. Her professional excellence and exceptional communication, interpersonal and high level of drive and ambition, has assisted her to gain leadership roles and honourees such as a Letter of Commendation for Academic Excellence: Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Griffith University’s “Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship” for Academic Excellence. She was a student representative on the APA and whilst at Notre Dame University.
Personally, Emma was a three times Australian Representative in Surf Life Saving Australia (2005 to 2008) and competed in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series as a Professional Ironwoman from 2004 to 2009.
B. Sc. O.T
Kelwyn returned to Perth after working for eight years specialising in injury management and prevention in London. Here he managed a low cost, fast track case management service to reduce insurance claim duration and cost. The business nationally reduced case management overspend and non-recoverable debt in excess of one quarter of a million pounds.
Kelwyn has worked in a technical medical and vocational rehabilitation role for QBE Insurance as well as for Active Injury Management and STAR Injury Management, both Western Australian Workplace Rehabilitation Providers.
B.Sc (Ex. Phys) Grad Dip OSH
Andrea graduated from the University of Western Australia as an Exercise Physiologist in 1999 before completing her postgraduate studies in Occupational Safety and Health at Curtin University.
Andrea has worked in a number of senior workers compensation and injury management roles including managing the Workers Compensation department of the Water Corporation. Her work has included both metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
Andrea’s expertise enables her to review injury management systems, policies and procedures especially for large organizations. She can provide strategic recommendations at both at a management and technical level as well as offering locum support. Andrea recently provided her expertise on a long term mining project including recommendation on injury management system improvement.