ReNew employs a multidisciplinary team of specialist brain injury clinicians on site at our Altona Meadows rehabilitation facility.
A team of specially trained rehabilitation support workers assist our clinical team in implementing programs.
Meet some of our key specialists below.
Pauline Saunders, ReNew Service Manager
Pauline comes to ReNew from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), our joint venture partners in the UK. Most recently, Pauline was working as an Operational Manager for one of BIRT’s services, and prior to that was a Quality Assurance Officer.
With qualifications in both management and nursing, as well as 25 years experience predominantly in operational senior management or service development positions, Pauline has the skills to ensure that ReNew operates as a service of excellence.
Pauline is particularly interested in identifying and developing staff to reach their full potential within the workplace and sharing good practice across the sector.
Pauline has been involved in policy development, reviewing and measuring of standards and has a comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and legislation related to acquired brain injury. She is looking forward to being able to apply her expertise and experience of both acute and chronic rehabilitation settings to the ReNew service.
Having relocated to Australia with her family, Pauline is enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and plans to explore as much of Australia as possible.
Dr Matthew Hughes, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist
Matthew is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with more than 12 years experience. He has worked across a range of rehabilitation settings including community work, outpatient service and inpatient services. He has been involved in the care of complex patients with dual diagnosis of brain injury and psychiatric disorder with behavioural issues.
Matthew’s previous roles include lead clinician in a hospital’s neuropsychology service, diagnostic clinician within neurological settings and recently as a discipline head. Matthew also worked in the UK for five years as a neuropsychologist.
He is a member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, National Academy of Neuropsychology and World Federation for Neurorehabilitation.
Jacqui Wheatcroft, Senior Occupational Therapist
Jacqui is a Senior Occupational Therapist who has worked in neurology for the past 12 years. She achieved her qualifications in New Zealand, before working in the UK for nine years where she also completed a Masters in neurobehavioural rehabilitation.
She has held senior clinical posts at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Addenbrookes’ Hospital in Cambridge and at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for neuropsychological rehabilitation. Before commencing with ReNew, Jacqui was working as the senior clinician for neurology and acquired brain injury at the Royal Talbot service.