I’m Michelle O’Sullivan, a Senior Occupational Therapist in Sydney, Australia. I have extensive experience working with patients with hypermobility conditions including The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome. More recently I have begun working with patients with a variety of different forms of arthritis.
I am the author of the colour illustrated children’s book My Bendy Body: Living with Hypermobility, which is now available in 3 languages.
I’ve given presentations on Occupational Therapy Management of hypermobility conditions at patient conferences in the USA and Australia, as well as professional development inservices for allied health professionals.
I have run a successful hypermobility specific OT private practice on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and in recent years have developed Hypermobility Connect as an online community for people with hypermobility conditions. I’m passionate about educating individuals and health professionals about hypermobility, helping to raise awareness and increase levels of acceptance of hypermobility conditions in the medical and wider community.
Hypermobility Connect is a big part of my mission to raise awareness about and provide resources to people with hypermobility. Consider Hypermobility Connect a sister site to Rheumi Occupational Therapy, especially for those with hypermobility conditions.
In my spare time I love taking black & white photographs either with my DSLR or my iPhone. For me, there is nothing like getting into a mindful zone when I’m taking photos – nothing else seems to be on my radar!
If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to the Hypermobility Connect mailing list – not only will you get a couple of great free resources, we can then keep you in the loop about all things Hypermobility.
If you are a health professional or a person living with hypermobility and you would like to connect, feel free to get in touch with me here.
- Genetic Disorders Awareness Week Address, September 2016
- Hypermobility in Children, Occupational Therapy Inservice, Hopalong Occupational Therapy for Children, May 2016
- Occupational Therapy in Adults, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes Conference, Parramatta, July 2014
- Transition Workshop, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes Conference, Parramatta, July 2014
- Melbourne Hand Rehabilitation – April 2013
- Northern Beaches Child and Family Health Service, Queenscliff Community Health Centre – April 2012
- 2012 EDNF Learning Conference, “Occupational Therapy Management of Hypermobility in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome”, Ohio, USA
- 2012 Guest Lecturer The University of Sydney, Discipline of Occupational Therapy
Relevant Professional Development:
- Assistive Aids: Making Life Easier, Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, 2017
- Exercise: Boning Up on Fracture Prevention: Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, 2016
- Healing Trauma Webinar, 2016
- Loeys-Dietz Conference Recordings, 2016
- eMental Health: Apps Webinar, 2016
- Hypermobility in Children: Identification and Management, March 2013; Westmead Children’s Hospital
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Conference for Primary Care Providers, August 2012; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- Ehlers Danlos National Foundation Conference (OT/PT), August 2012; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- NDT Based Therapeutic Aquatics for Paediatrics, March/April 2012; Melbourne, Aus with Jane Styer-Acevedo
- EDNF Learning Conference, July 2011; Baltimore, USA
- Nancy Kassam-Adams, Helping Ill and Injured Children: Understanding & Preventing Medical Traumatic Stress, 19th April, 2011; Sydney
- Cheri Conference, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead: Moving to Succeed: Supporting Motor Difficulties and Utilising New Technologies, 2nd-3rd September, 2010; Sydney
- EDNF Learning Conference, July 2010; Baltimore, USA