Our Team

A comprehensive occupational therapy service helping people with chronic conditions to develop skills, enhance function, manage symptoms, and overcome barriers to achieve a better quality of life.

Left to right: Elyse Graham, Emma Farrugia, Jacqui Self, Manreet Singh, Peta Delaney, Jacintha Bell, Ian Cheok, Linda McAllister, Rebecca Chapulsky and Angela House.

Jacintha Bell

BSc (OT)
Principal Occupational Therapist

Jacintha is our principal occupational therapist, graduating with a BSc (Occupational Therapy) from Curtin University WA in 2001. She has over 18 years of experience as an OT. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health services and pain clinics. Jacintha is experienced in assessment and treatment in the areas of mental health and chronic pain.
Jacintha has family members with chronic conditions, and she sees the challenges they face. Jacintha became an OT because she wanted to help people with chronic conditions to do the things that are important to them, and have a better quality of life.
Jacintha is registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. She is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy and the Australian Pain Society.
Jacintha often provides professional development in the areas of mental health and chronic pain to other health professionals and has tutored at both undergraduate and postgraduate level within the School of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. Jacintha is a Mother with three young sons. One of her sons has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, so she has first-hand experience with managing this condition. Jacintha’s other passions are reading and dancing.

Special Interests
All chronic pain conditions (e.g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Widespread Pain), Ehlers-Danlos/Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Neuromodulation, Functional Neurological Disorder, Severe and complex mental health conditions (e.g. Treatment resistant anxiety and depression, schizophrenia).

Elyse is a qualified Occupational Therapist who graduated from Curtin University WA in 1998. She has worked in Occupational Therapy positions across both the South & North Metropolitan regions of Perth, gaining over 15 years experience.
Elyse has worked with clients in both inpatient psychiatric settings as well as adult community mental health services.
Elyse has extensive experience in mental health assessment and both individual and group interventions, including psycho-education, counselling, life skills training, case management, rehabilitation and crisis intervention.
Elyse is passionate about working with people experiencing mental health concerns to develop skills and strategies that help them to overcome barriers and achieve their personal goals.

Special Interests
Mental Health, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Hygiene, Chronic Disease, OCD

Elyse Graham

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Emma Farrugia

BAppSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Emma is one of our senior Occupational Therapists, graduating with a BSc (Occupational Therapy) from Curtin University WA in 2000. She has had over 19 years’ experience working as an OT across areas of adult mental health, chronic pain, and neurological and physical rehabilitation.
Emma has worked in both hospital and community settings in Perth and in London, and has tutored at an undergraduate level at the School of Occupational Therapy at Edith Cowan University. She has had significant experience in individual and group assessment and interventions, and in individual case management for chronic conditions.
Emma is registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia, Australian Pain Society, and several special interest groups. Emma became an OT as she is passionate about enabling people to live their best lives and overcoming whatever barriers stand in their way. Her other passions include sewing and travel.

Special Interests
Neurological disorders and neuroplasticity (e.g. stroke, head injury, MS, Parkinson’s Disease), mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression), chronic pain (including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), neuromodulation, functional rehabilitation, home environment assessment and modifications.

Manreet is a qualified Occupational Therapist with 34 years experience who graduated from Curtin University. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in WA, NSW, Victoria and Canberra and also has family therapy qualifications which saw her working as a family therapist in Sydney for some years. Manreet is also a trained LifeCoach.
Manreet has worked in inpatient, outpatient and community psychiatry settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals and families and has run group interventions in all the psychiatric settings she has worked in.
Manreet holds a holistic view of people and believes that everyone deserves to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in their community. She brings her lived experience as a migrant and a single working mother of 3 children from a cross cultural marriage along with a belief system embedded in Buddhism to her practice – aiming to work with kindness, live with gratitude and move forward in life with grace.

Special Interests
Working with children, adolescents, migrants, people from other cultures, Indigenous Australians, chronic pain, mental health and spirituality.

Manreet Singh

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Julie Morriss

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Julie is a skilled Occupational Therapist who has worked with people of all ages for over 20 years. She specialises in working holistically with people experiencing mental health difficulties and restrictions from living a meaningful life.
Following her graduation from WAIT (Curtin University) Julie worked in hospitals, homes and community clinics with adults, older adults, adolescents and children who are challenged in the areas of daily living, work and school, mood, behaviour and their emotions. She believes the therapeutic relationship is foundational to clients achieving their goals. Julie completed Hakomi Body Psychotherapy Training in 1995 confirming her interest in the interconnectedness of body, mind and soul. She knows the importance of working with people in a holistic and inclusive manner for sustainable recovery. This is most relevant to effective chronic pain management and achieving positive outcomes in mental health.
In 2015 Julie completed an Advanced Training for Professional Supervision and has significant experience in supervising final year students and therapists.She is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and the WA Mental Health Professionals Network.

Special Interests
Mental Health, Chronic Conditions, Mindfulness, Yoga, Body-Mind Connection, Therapeutic Relationship, Emotional Regulation.

Angela is a qualified Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience working in mental health and physical rehabilitation. She has worked in W.A and London and worked for many years in the area of adult mental health including in-patient, out-patient and community mental health settings. For the past few years Angela has been in private practise working with people experiencing chronic pain or mental health concerns. Angela has undertaken training in Gestalt Therapy as well as completing a post graduate qualification in Mental Health in 2015.
Angela likes to support clients to clarify what is most important to them and to address barriers that prevent them from engaging in valued areas of their lives. She draws from various models including Occupational Science, C.B.T, A.C.T, Gestalt Therapy and systems theory as well as her own life experience. Underpinning her work is a belief that individuals have an innate drive towards wholeness.

Special interests
Mental Health, Chronic Pain, Chronic Conditions, Lifestyle Enhancement, Community Engagement, Mindfulness, Anxiety and Mood Management.

Angela House

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Ian Cheok

M. Occ Thy ; BSc (Computer Science)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Ian completed his Occupational Therapy training at Curtin University, receiving the Head of the School Award and and Outstanding Mentor Award. Additionally, he has received training in chronic pain management from McGill University and The Neuro Orthopaedic Institute. Prior to his role in occupational therapy, Ian had graduated from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Computer Science, and had worked for 15+ years in the areas of user experience design and software engineering. He brings a unique blend of clinical and technology skills to the team based on his experience.

At LifeWorks, Ian’s focus include chronic pain care, mental health recovery and neurorehabilitation. He also has a deep interest in immersive and assistive technologies in healthcare. He has worked with numerous community-based organisations and private practices to deliver occupational therapy services and implement healthcare technology projects. Ian has also been involved as a Clinical Supervisor to 4th year Honours OT students from Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

Ian strongly believes that when people are able to participate in activities they truly enjoy, their health and well-being will be greatly improved. He thrives in helping others express the best version of themselves by honouring their unique personality and working around their strengths.

In his free time, Ian enjoys hiking, music, yoga and spending time with people who like to laugh out loud with each other.

Special Interests
Chronic Pain Care (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Widespread Pain, Phantom Limb Pain), Mental Health Recovery, Neurorehabilitation (Functional Neurological Disorder, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury), Immersive & Assistive Technologies in Healthcare (Therapeutic Virtual Reality)

Linda has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist and has worked in hospitals, community health and rehabilitation settings both in rural areas and Perth. Linda has experience in working with adults of all ages with both physical and mental health conditions. She also has experience in case management and work rehabilitation.
Linda enjoys working with people to help them live the life they want to live. She has a family member with an acquired brain injury and understands the challenges that families experience after traumatic and life changing events.
Linda is also an occupational therapy volunteer for the WA charity, Wheelchairs for Kids, and has run many training courses overseas to teach organisations how to assemble and fit the donated “adjusta- wheelchairs” for children in their communities. She is also involved with sourcing and sending second hand wheelchairs to Bali for Global Village Foundation Bali.
Linda is registered with the Occupational Therapy board of Australia and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Linda has a strong interest in wellbeing and living a balanced lifestyle. When not at work, you will find her actively immersed in nature, either gardening, walking along the beach, or cycling along the river cycle paths.

Special Interests:
Chronic health conditions (chronic pain, fibromyalgia), mental health conditions (anxiety, depression, post trauma) particularly secondary to physical health conditions, cognitive impairment (acquired brain injury, intellectual disability), work related health and disability issues.

Linda McAllister

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Chapulsky

BSc (OT)
Occupational Therapist

Rebecca graduated with a BSc (Occupational Therapy) (first class honours) from Curtin University WA in 2017. She has worked within several Residential Aged Care Facilities providing pain management and activity facilitation and worked within the community providing aids, assistive technology and home modifications. In 2019, Rebecca became a lymphedema therapist and is accredited with the Australasian Lymphology Association. Rebecca now has the exciting role of Scrambler Therapy clinician at LifeWorks.
Rebecca’s interest in pain management was sparked with her involvement in a peer support group run by Jacintha at LifeWorks OT. Her fascination and enthusiasm continue to grow as she explores neuromodulation and graded motor imagery techniques used within the context of chronic pain management. Rebecca is an OT because she believes that everyone regardless of age, race, disability or illness has something very valuable to share with the world. Her passion is to empower people to utilize their unique strengths in order to engage with the world, doing the things they find meaningful, to their best ability. Rebecca’s other passions are visual arts and swimming.
Special interests: Chronic Pain Management, Lymphoedema therapy, Scrambler Therapy, Dementia Care, Sensory Modulation, Paediatric Occupational Therapy.

Jacqui graduated from St Loyes School of OT , UK in 1990. She has worked in the UK, NZ and Australia. Jacqui is registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. She has over 25 years of experience as an OT, working in community mental health, paediatric and adult disability and childhood trauma. She has a special interest in chronic pain management. As well as being passionate about enabling people to live their life independently she also has family members who struggle with living life with chronic pain and mental health challenges. Jacqui is a mother of 3 and she lives in the Hills on a property where she owns and rides horses.

Special interests: Chronic pain management

Jacqui Self

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Heidi Perera

BSc (OT)
Senior Occupational Therapist

Heidi is an experienced and qualified Occupational Therapist, graduating from Curtin University in 2001. She has a career spanning over 15 years in both community and inpatient mental health settings within the public health system. She is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Heidi has a strong background in case management, individual and group therapies, functional assessment, psychoeducation and counselling. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). She also has post-graduate qualifications in loss, grief and trauma counselling. Heidi is particularly interested in the impact of trauma on the body.

Heidi is hardworking and passionate about the functional needs of those experiencing chronic conditions, and helping them learn the skills they need to achieve their goals.

Special interests:
Mental health, complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, chronic disease, mindfulness, sensory modulation, yoga.