- BHlthSc (Rehabilitation Counselling) MASRC
- Professional Member CDAA, MALUCA
- Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training
- Abilita Trained Coach; E-DISC Accredited Consultant & Trainer
Jo is the Founder, Director and Principal Consultant of Purple Co. She is a Rehabilitation Counsellor and accredited Career Counsellor with over 20 years of experience in assisting people to return to work. A sought-after assessor of employability, Jo prides herself in being able to make sense of complex health issues and their relationship to capacity. When she’s not with her clients, you’re most likely to find Jo talking about her love of travel, coffee and shoes.
BHlthSc (Rehabilitation Counselling, Hons)
Rhonda is a Rehabilitation Counsellor of 10 years vintage. She is highly skilled in working with people in rural and remote communities, particularly when it comes to helping people in this demographic locate new employment.
Rhonda is excellent at working with clients with serious mental illness and people from diverse backgrounds to develop a pathway to paid employment. Rhonda loves stand-up paddle boarding and any activity that involves water!
BHlthSc (Rehabilitation Counselling) MASRC
Ross is a veteran of the Rehabilitation Counselling profession, having worked extensively across a range of national, state and self-insured jurisdictions. As a person with a visual and hearing impairment, Ross is an incredible role model and facilitator of work capacity for his clients who are doubtful of their ability to return to work. Ross has exceptional positive outcomes for job-detached men in their 40s and 50s and in working with clients with a visual and hearing loss. Whilst Ross is relaxing, you might find him enjoying a glass of wine or cooking up some spicy chili dish.
Registered Psychologist/Rehabilitation Counsellor
BSc (Psych) Hons.
Sonia is a Registered Psychologist & Rehabilitation Counsellor of some 18 years experience. Sonia is an experienced assessor of employability and her attention to detail and ability to synthesise complex (sometimes conflicting) medical information has made her one of our most sought after consultants. Sonia has a keen interest in return to work assistance for people recovering from fatigue and has a strong history working with people with mental health disorders.
- B A (Psych) – University of Queensland
- M Human Services (Rehab Couns) Griffith University.
- Accredited Harrison Assessor.
- Approved Comcare Provider.
- Member Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia.
With more than 17 years industry experience both within insurers, and as a rehabilitation counsellor Samantha Hepworth has been a go to resource for technical advice and creative solutions within the rehabilitation community throughout her career. She has a strong reputation in service innovation and the ability to think outside the box and now brings this expertise to the PurpleCo Team as a QA Consultant.
Sam completed her Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Psychology in 1998, and subsequent Master of Human Services in Rehabilitation Counselling in 2000. During this time, she worked full time as a Case Manager at Workcover QLD managing serious injuries and psychological cases and as an AIN for people with profound disabilities for the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Sam has extensive experience in within Workers Compensation systems in QLD and NSW and National systems such as Comcare, Military Compensation and DVA Systems, Life Insurance, CTP and Lifetime Care and Support. She has collaborated with The Department of Human Services to provide innovative services to reduce unplanned leave providing onsite service provision pre-claim and creating partnerships with community resources.
She has been an adjunct lecturer in Rehabilitation Counselling and tutor for the School of Disability and Community Inclusion at Flinders University between 2014 – 2016 and was responsible for writing the curriculum for the Rehabilitation Counselling and delivering the RCAA accredited program at Flinders from 2014 – 2016, along with providing tutoring for undergraduate and post graduate students in mental health, case management and rehabilitation counselling. Sam has contributed and spoken at ASORC events on Life Insurance, served as a former member of the board of directors and is a current full member of the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia, (RCAA). Sam was recognised by Flinders University and the Australia Awards Fellowship for contributing to the Extend Citizenship program for People with Disabilities in Indonesia in 2015.
BHlthSc (Rehabilitation Counselling)
Rebecca is our Rehabilitation Consultant based in the Newcastle/Central Coast region. Bec has over 8 years of experience in the industry and has an extensive leadership track record, having supervised and led a team of consultants within a national provider before joining us at Purple Co. Rebecca is a skilled assessor of employability and vocational potential, and she most enjoys helping her clients take charge of their recovery and return to work with an overall focus on wellbeing.
Peter is our work trial and job placement support specialist. Peter is highly skilled and experienced in canvassing for work trials and helping clients access the labour market through strategic job targeting and outreach. Peter also provides on-the-job support to our high-needs clients to make sure that each placement is durable and sustainable.
Senior Rehabilitation Consultant
B.Sc (Hons) Dip Psych.
Kylie is a Rehabilitation Counsellor who has a more than 15 years experience in Case Management and Client focussed services with 10 years experience in Occupational Rehabilitation. During this time, she has worked for both Private and Government organisations. She has experience across both the Workers Compensation, Income protection and CTP markets. She has experience with Return to work (Same employer) as well as Redeployment (New Employer) and has experience in managing Occupational Stress programs.
She has well developed skills in Vocational, Earning capacity and Medico legal assessments as well as Adjustment to Disability and Change Counselling.
Carole Young is a highly experienced and extremely well regarded occupational physiotherapist. She is a pioneer and leader in the profession in the field of occupational rehabilitation and injury management.
With over 30 years’ experience, Carole has exceptional expertise in functional assessment, medico-legal evaluation and rehabilitation provision.