We are a small hard working group of qualified continence clinicians, marketing and communications, health promotion officers, and an administration assistant.
Executive Officer. Pelvic Health Physiotherapist:
Therese (Terry) Wesselink BSc (Physio), PostGrad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Cert IV Frontline Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment.
Terry has over 25 years’ of physiotherapy experience across 3 countries and many different settings. She is the author of the book WeeFree Women and the Reclaim Your Core booklets which are available in our online shop. She loves meeting people of different cultures, gender and ages and is passionate about helping people with continence and pelvic floor problems. In addition to her role with the Victorian Continence Resource Centre, she works in 2 other continence clinics. At home she grows her own vegies and has pet chickens, a dog, 2 daughters and a fitness fanatic husband.
Nurse Continence Specialist:
Kerry Poole, RN, grad cert in advanced clinical nursing practice (continence), Grad dip in critical care
Kerry is strongly committed to working in the community helping dispel the myths about incontinence and encouraging people to seek help about their incontinence problems.
She has successfully combined her two passions in nursing, of cardiac care and continence promotion, culminating in multiple presentations both nationally and internationally on continence issues in the chronic heart failure population.
Kerry has written and co-produced a health promotion music video receiving an award from the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration.
Nurse Continence Specialist:
Katrina Ziebarth, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Nursing (community Health) ,Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management.
Katrina has been nursing locally and abroad for over 20 years, and has a good understanding of the needs of various communities, including Aboriginals and remote Australians. She has a wealth of experience working with children who have a range of conditions and behaviours preventing the acquisition of social continence. Advocating on behalf of her clients and or their carers ensures they have access to the most appropriate continence solutions.
She is passionate about assisting people of all age groups with a variety of health conditions to maximise their ability to participate in life.
Nurse Continence Specialist:
Lesa Miller, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Community Health). Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management. Certificate IV Training and Assessment.
Lesa’s extensive and varied continence career focuses on working in the community with families who need tangible continence management programs to assist their children in the acquisition of independent toileting skills. She has been responsible for the development of community based nocturnal primary enuresis programs (bedwetting) for children and has a vast experience working with men and women in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community (CALD) experiencing incontinence. Most recently, Lesa has been instrumental in the development and NDIS transition pathway for children with requiring continence assessment and management programs who have complex and additional needs. Lesa has a passion for primary health and education focusing on illness prevention and the provision of resources in order to attain continence. Lesa is the proud mother of 2 adorable daughters that keep her informed and up to date with the latest fads with and on social media!
Kajal Odhavji , Bachelor of Health Sciences, Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice
Kajal is a paediatric occupational therapist (OT) who is passionate about enabling children and families to live purposeful and meaningful lives. She has experience in providing current best evidence based resources and education to families, carers, teachers and health professionals working with children that have additional sensory or behavioural needs. Kajal uses a family and client centered approach during therapy and strongly values using a strength based approach when working with children and families. Kajal uses creative, fun and child-friendly approaches to achieve the goals of the child and family. Besides being an OT, Kajal is also an experienced Indian Dance instructor and performer who loves sharing these skills with groups and people of all ages.
Marketing and Communications Officer:
Jenny Rivett, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Health Sciences Nursing, RN, Marketing and Business Intensives, Health Promotion Intensive, Certificate ll in Continence Promotion and Care.
Jenny is a Registered Division 1 Nurse with over 12 years’ experience in the acute, rehab and primary health care sectors within Australia and England. She has a keen interest in promoting awareness in bladder and bowel health and is especially passionate about preventative measures.
She embraces the responsibility and needed versatility of her role, endeavouring to help combat the lack of conversation and stigma still attached to continence issues.
Administration and Clinic Practice Coordinator:
Reception & Marketing Admin Support Officer:
Greta Petersson, currently studying a Bachelor of Science – Human Nutrition.
Greta brings a wonderful sense of humour and solid organizational skills from a diverse professional background. She has gained valuable administration experience from having worked for two large industrial part companies which have structured her key for organisation. Greta also worked in sales at IKEA for a number of years where she regularly coordinated charity events. In addition to her professionalism and genuine warmth, she is our first point of contact at VCRC and ensures that everything is running smoothly and productively within its operations.