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OT WEEK 2017

By Ben Thornton 5 months ago1 Comment

As Occupational Therapy week draws to a close, P2 Group would again like to highlight the outstanding efforts of all of our OT’s.

To finish the week off, we thought we would give you some insight into their lives and ask them why they chose Occupational Therapy as a career…..


I have been told I have the subtlety of a sledge hammer and can talk for hours on end, but am passionate about what I do and challenging cases! As an OT, I enjoy educating workplaces about health and wellbeing and the opportunity to engage with like minded people.

What’s on your bucket list? See the Northern Lights and buy my own Pub

Your most unique talent? I can open a champagne bottle with a knife 

If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be?  New York



I have been an OT for over 17 years and have primarily worked in the field of Occupational Health.  Outside of work I am happily married with 4 beautiful kids… this clearly takes up plenty of time and also creates a great work life balance.  If I wasn’t an OT my next job would be a professional golfer… hence the reason why I am an OT!

The advantage of being an OT is that you get to help others in a range of different ways whereas other health professions are often pigeon holed.  The profession and scope of practice is broad which allows for creativity and innovation which creates great outcomes for consumers and keeps us as practitioners constantly motivated.  No 2 days are the same.

Best/biggest thing you have ever won? 

2006 – Southern Football League Premiership.

2013 – Wangaratta Half Marathon

2014 – Oceanic Masters Half Marathon held in Bendigo.

Speak any other languages?  Some say I speak Gibberish

Three famous/historical people you would invite to dinner:  Michael Jordan, Jerry Sienfeld and Nelson Mandela.



I am an OT and have been working with P2 Group for two years. I enjoy baking, being active, shopping and love to travel.

I chose to become an OT because I wanted a career that enables me to contribute to other’s health and wellbeing. I believe that that the best way to help someone to recover from a health condition, illness or injury is by means of an active recovery and by returning to one’s normal ‘day-to-day’ routine, including leisure and work. Occupational Therapy is great because it is about helping someone in an active, meaningful and productive way!

If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be?  On the beach – somewhere on the Mediterranean Ocean.

 If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?  Jamie Oliver’s Cooking Show



I love being an OT because I firmly believe that occupation is essential for health and wellbeing and the best way to a fulfilling and sustainable recovery.

I am constantly in awe of the difference that participation in occupations from a self care, leisure and productivity perspective can have in a person’s life and how for everyone the occupations are unique…but the benefits are the same. Occupation is enabling, it provides meaning and structure to life and is essential to health and wellbeing. I am passionate about helping others to see the value of occupation and feel so lucky to be an OT and in a position to help people through occupation!

I have been at P2 Group for almost 4 years and like that I get to meet people from all walks of life and visit all sorts of workplaces. Outside of work I have competed in Calisthenics for 21 years, which I love! I also enjoy going for walks, watching crime TV shows and trying new places to eat!

Three famous/historical people you would invite to dinner

JK Rowling, Roger Federer and Gary Kielhofner (The Godfather of Occupational Therapy).

If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be?

Disneyland!!! I am lucky enough to have visited Disneyland Japan but I would love to go to them all!

If you weren’t an OT, what would your dream job be?

I would love to be part of a Broadway ensemble – ideally singing and dancing in the background of Aladdin!! I’ve also always liked the idea of being a florist!



I have been with P2 Group for the past 2 years and have enjoyed every moment of being an OT in this setting!

Being an OT enables me to help make a difference in the lives of everyday people that just need a hand in getting back to their normal lives. One of the things I love most about being an OT is the variety of people and workplaces I encounter, as we are able to transfer and apply our knowledge, skills and focus on participation into any setting, with any person. I am a firm believer of encouraging and supporting people to do the things they want to do and need to do in life, in order for them to experience the value, purpose and contribution they bring to those around them, both within and outside of the workplace.

On the weekends you’ll find me catching up with friends, walking the dogs, shopping and decorating cakes.

What’s on your bucket list?

Travel to – Venice (go on a gondola ride), Prague (walk the streets), France (visit perfumeries and wine regions), Italy (learn to make pasta), Spain (drink sangria), Switzerland (climb the mountains), the Maldives (lay on the beach), and return to Thailand, Fiji, Sri Lanka and America, Live overseas (likely Germany) for a period of time, Win an “all you can buy” shopping competition

If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?   Some sort of cake/baking/decorating TV show, maybe The Great Australian Bake Off

Best/biggest thing you have ever won? Nothing big, but I frequently win a lot of small things – kitchen appliances, movie tickets etc. I have won a baking competition with a photo published in Taste magazine.



I’m Steve. I love playing the drums in bands, playing any sort of competitive sport (particularly soccer and basketball) and want to see as much of the world as possible. What do I love about being an OT? I like that I get to travel across the state and am not tied down in an office or hospital. I get to meet people from all walks of life and see all kinds of weird and wonderful jobs.

What are three things on your bucket list? Hike the Kokoda Trail with my brothers, play a gig overseas and go watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford

If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be? On a Mexican Beach

If you could be on any TV show, what would it be? The Amazing Race



I became an OT because I was interested in health and wellbeing and wanted to be able to help people. I like that through OT we are able to assist people engage in meaningful, everyday activities as a means to support and promote recovery. I think OT is unique in that we take a holistic approach to recovery and engagement which is important in achieving goals. Outside of being an OT, I love spending time with my family and friends, walking the dog and being outside in the sun be that at the beach or lounging around with a good book.

What are three things on your bucket list? Return to Europe to do more travel, learn Auslan and go Hot-Air Ballooning

Favourite sports team? Essendon!



Hi! My name is Elena Benski. Hmm… a short introduction about myself, always hard to explain yourself in just a few sentences but I’ll definitely try. I think people that know me would describe me as easy going and very adaptable. I try not to take anything or myself too seriously, and I think that is evident in the amount of time I spend laughing throughout the day. I am very family orientated and love spending time with friends! I also enjoy the summer time and will usually race out of work in the summer to go and catch some sun.

The thing I love most about an OT is the variety of settings that one can work in, and I think that’s why OTs are all so different! OT really allows an individual to be independent and carve their own pathway, which I think is really special and you won’t find that with a lot of other professions. The reason behind me getting into OT is that I have always had a passion for helping people. For me, having someone thank me for even the smallest of gestures really means a lot and makes me confident in my abilities as a health practitioner.

Speak any other languages? Russian

If you could close you eyes and be anywhere on earth when you open them, where would you be? Maldives

Describe yourself in 3 words: Giggly, strong-minded and positive



I am Sasho, an OT from P2 Group.  I completed my tertiary studies at Monash University and when I first entered the course I was not entirely sure what I was getting myself into just like many others entering the profession. Fast forward several years, OT has provided me with an opportunity to assist individuals to improve their overall health and wellbeing, which is something that is close to my heart. In my spare time I enjoy participating in physical activity. I have participated in group sport my entire life, playing soccer since I was 7 and currently play for my local soccer club.

Favourite sports team? Carlton

Most memorable experience? Watching New York Knicks play at Madison Square Garden

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 Ben Thornton

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Prior to joining the P2 Group in 2015, Ben spent 9 years in Business Development roles with local and international insurance brokerages. He spent a further 3 years consulting to SME businesses where he worked closely with his clients on business development strategy. He partnered with a number of organisations during this time and has been exposed to many different industries including Finance, Sportswear, Therapeutic Goods & Services, Retail Services and Hospitality. Ben is responsible for the development of new opportunities for the P2 Group and implementing a growth strategy that will service the business long term.

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  • curt tebbutt says:

    great insight into the P2 team & their motivations.
    any employer or employee will be in safe hands with this crew looking after their interests.
    (tel Steve he’s unfortunately too late to see the best Man UTD team, Charlton, Best, & Law the best attack ever!)

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