Senior Occupational Therapist

Debra Khan

As an OT, I get to learn everyday and I get to work with kids and their families to achieve their goals.

10 Fun Facts About Deb

What is your favourite movie?  The Hunt for the Wilderpeople


What is your favourite food? Coconut Gelato


Where were you born? Brisbane


Where did you study OT?  University of Queensland


What did you love to do as a kid? Lie on the trampoline & look at the clouds.


What did you think you were going to be growing up?  I wanted to travel the world. 


Do you have any pets?   Maggie the mini dachshund.


Tell us an interesting fact about you? I grew up on Straddie and I am a yoga teacher 


Which four people would you most like to have a conversation with? The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Robin Williams, Barack Obama 


Who is your favourite band? Powderfinger

Deb has enjoyed being a paediatric occupational therapist for more than 15 years and brings her experience and passion for working with children, young people and their families to enable them to reach their goals and potentials.

Deb has practised in community settings and in Children’s Hospitals, specialising in rehabilitation therapy for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions.  She has worked collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams with a wide range of health professionals and believes good teamwork assists families in achieving their goals.

In addition to childhood developmental OT, Deb has developed specialist skills in upper limb and cognitive rehabilitation and in translating the best available research into clinical practice through her work at CP Health, Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service and the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre.  As a research OT she provided therapy to babies at risk of developing cerebral palsy for a research study which is measuring the impact of early intervention on these babies’ development.  Deb is enthusiastic about using her knowledge and skills from he hospital and research centre to therapy for children in the clinic, at home, in their schools and their community.

Deb believes in forming strong therapeutic partnerships with children, young people and their caregivers to provide the most relevant and engaging (fun!) therapy sessions, achievable strategies to keep progressing at home and in ensuring the gains made in therapy translate into optimal engagement and partici[ation in everyday life.

Deb is a member of OT Australia and a Level 1 Yoga Teacher.