Solutions that work
Do multi-disciplinary teams really help to improve outcomes for patients? Absolutely. That’s why Psylution Worx and Psylutions for Development is this year expanding its psychology, OT, speech and dietician services to include physiotherapy, exercise physiology, massage, personal training and capacity-building life services.
Returning to work late last year, after 18 months of intensive cancer treatment, Principal Psychologist and business owner Kylie Lavers says her determination to deliver life-changing health services to patients was clearer than ever.
“I’m a very busy person, always have been, and cancer forced me to slow down and stop,” reveals Kylie. “Chemotherapy is a gruelling treatment, and it made me rethink life and how I’m moving forward, and what I want to achieve in life. Really, it spurred my motivation to add physical health elements to my business.
“Many people thought cancer would make me not want to work as much, but my work is what I want to do. And I want to help other people live life to the best of their ability.”
Currently, Kylie’s businesses Psylution Worx (which works with adults) and Psylutions for Development (which works with children), treat a diverse range of patients, from individuals seeking treatment, to military, government, organisation EAPs (employee assistance programs), forensic work and Crown Law cases and NDIS work. The businesses employ 29 people across psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology and dietician fields, with support from allied health assistants, specialist support co-ordinators, support co-ordinators and support workers.
“We also have clinicians trained and accredited in Positive Behaviour Support Plans, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Critical Incidents, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Key Word Sign, Hanen Approach (speech),” says Kylie. “And we run group programs – Play Pals (Social Skills for under 8 years), Secret Agent Society (Social Skills for 8 years and above), Learn to play, Zones of Regulation (Attention and Concentration), Phonics, Prep for Prep, Kimochi’s (Emotion regulation) and Movement (Co-ordination and balance).”
Add to this, Psylutions for Learning, which is Kylie’s online shop that sells toys for children of any age, but with a specific focus on children with learning disabilities, sensory products, and ASD toys for autistic children.
In 2019, the Psylution Worx and Psylutions for Development owner is expanding her 10-year-old business to include physiotherapy, exercise physiology, massage, personal training and group and life services programs.
“Whether it’s a child or an adult, and whether it’s an intellectual impairment, or schizophrenia or autism, all disciplines complement each other in assisting that person to build capacity and reach their full potential.”
To accommodate the expansion, Kylie has acquired a building near to her co-practices, which are located at a showroom-turned-high-end-clinic at the Woolcock Centre in Currajong.
“We are currently developing that building into gym and group rooms, where we can run circuit classes and fitness sessions and recreational activities for people with disabilities. As well as capacity-building programs to develop life skills such as cooking and cleaning.
“With a multi-disciplinary team, we approach treatment from different facets. Whether it’s a child or an adult, and whether it’s an intellectual impairment, or schizophrenia or autism, all disciplines complement each other in assisting that person to build capacity and reach their full potential.
Take, for example occupational therapists,” says Kylie.
“They have a very functional approach, but they’re not just about moving and ergonomics, they actually do a great deal in the area of attention and the concentration, fine and gross motor skills and motor patterns. Speech language pathologists are not just about articulation and speech sounds. We have a significant proportion of the population that have a language impairment that’s undiagnosed. Simple functional language for comprehension and literacy is greatly missed. Psychologists are not just about treating mental health conditions; barriers to learning is a large focus and when we combine all of the disciplines together, we obviously get a better outcome for the patient.”
It’s the old saying, two minds are better than one.
“Essentially, we want to assist anyone who walks in our door with the right practitioners, experience and skills that they need for their treatment,” explains Kylie. “I know how precious life is, so I want to help every person, of any ability, live their best life.”