Matthew and his wife Savanah opened Ganly Allied Health in mid-2019 with Matthew looking to branch out and specialise after a decade with Queensland Health. They haven’t looked back since.
“There are three main areas of occupational therapy: adult physical, mental health and paediatrics. I work within adult physical specialising in home modifications, assistive technology, driving assessments and vehicle modifications,” Matthew says.
“Generally, most of my clients have some kind of physical function issue. It may be an amputation, progressive degenerative condition, or they've experienced a stroke, traumatic injury or something that impacts their physical functioning”.
Matthew and his team trouble shoot how to enable their clients to perform everyday functions and tasks (i.e., occupations) independently and safely.
“If you need to drive a modified car, I am a driver-trained OT. I also help people who have problems getting in and out of their house and may need home modifications, wheeled mobility or other assistive technology to maximise safety and independence.
“From an OT point of view, our job is to get you back to your occupations; an occupation isn't just employment; an occupation is anything that you do that occupies your time, like brushing your teeth, getting dressed, being a parent, being a child, driving a car, and being employed.”
Every day offers up a new challenge, Matthew says. He could be working on a full-scale home modification one day, scripting a wheelchair the next, looking into the installation of a pool hoist on another, or spending time with a client who needs modified cutlery and crockery so they can eat independently.
“I like having the ability to control my career as well as provide a quality, necessary service to the community.”
“When things get really difficult or when there's a significant injury or impairment, there are disciplines like ours that can help people get back on their feet or advocate for support.”
JCU Alumni Matthew Ganly, Founder of Ganly Allied Health