Specialist Support Staff

As part of your accommodation package, Sargood on Collaroy has a dedicated team of specialist spinal trained staff available for you to use throughout your stay.

Each day you can access one-on-one time with our staff. Please notify us of your interest in these services prior to your stay while filling out your booking form.  Our staff will be in contact prior to your stay to confirm appointments.

Sargood on Collaroy guests at residential In-Voc course
Sargood on Collaroy guests at residential In-Voc course

Occupational Therapist


Occupational Therapy Services
Available Thursdays and Fridays 8.00- 4.30pm.

Equipment demonstration and trials

  • Wheelchairs and seating
  • Power assist systems
  • Beds and Mattresses
  • Mobile shower commodes

Daily living skills training

  • Transfers
  • Dressing
  • Cooking

Other

  • Environmental control technology
  • Computer and phone access
  • Adaptive Video Gaming
  • Wheelchair skills training

Please Note: we do not provide equipment and service requests to funding bodies or home modifications.

Clinical Nurse Consultant


Clinical Nurse Consultant Services
Available 06.30 and 14.00 daily.

  • Continued management of established wound management plans
  • Indwelling catheter changes
  • Continence assessments and bowel/bladder care
  • Continence prescriptions

Guest and carer education and training:

  • Personal care routines
  • Correct and safe use of Continence Equipment E.g. anal irrigation
  • Trialing continence equipment
  • Manual handling
  • Skin, pressure and wound care education
  • General spinal health care planning

(Please note: We do not administer any forms of injections. We do not perform regular intermittent catheters, provide tracheostomy care, suctioning, ventilator support, after hours nursing, PEG feed or podiatry intervention.)

Exercise Physiologist


Exercise Physiology Services
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday’s 9am – 5pm and Thursdays 11am -7pm.

  • Assisted Gait training (walking)
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation
  • Stretching and Range of Motion
  • Balance training
  • Core and postural muscle strengthening
  • Vibration Plate Exercise
  • Resistance training (Pneumatic weight systems, free weights, gravity eliminated weight systems)
  • Cardio fitness (Adapted Rowers, Ski Ergs, Cycles)
  • Body weight supported treadmill walking

Guest Attendants

Attendant Care

As part of your Accommodation Package, you can also receive up to 12 hours of 1:1 assistance daily from one of our guest attendants. Please enquire if extra care is required. Guest Attendant (Support Worker) services:

  • Personal care
  • Recreation and leisure assistance
  • Community access
  • Meal preparation and mealtime assistance
  • Shopping
  • Laundry and domestic tasks.
Pricing and Funding

Meet the team

James – Resort Manager

As owner and operator of the local 220 bed Youth Hostel, I join Sargood on Collaroy with extensive experience in the travel and hospitality industry. I’ve also seen firsthand the magic of Collaroy and how a stay at the beachside can revive people. I’m thrilled to know that many people with SCI and their families will not only enjoy a luxury holiday but connect with the community, learn and participate in our programs.

Jess – Program Manager

My passion for the field of Spinal Cord Injury inspired my decision to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and I have been fortunate enough to develop my capacity in the field with roles at both Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospitals. My approach is centered on the individual and on connecting people with activities and experiences that will enhance their daily life in the long-term.

Alex– Program Manager

As a Physiotherapist, I have spent the majority of the last 10 years working with people living with spinal cord injuries in acute care facilities, rehabilitation units, through research projects and in community outreach programs. Over that time, it has become apparent that the opportunity to connect with others in the community is less accessible for people living with a spinal cord injury. I see Sargood on Collaroy bridging this gap by providing a wellness haven on stunning Collaroy beach.

Rita – Clinical Nurse Educator

Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for working with people with a spinal cord injury. I have spent my entire 30 + years nursing in the field, and love working with individuals and their families to identify what is important to them and ensure they have health strategies and routines in place to enhance their everyday lives.

Dave – Occupational Therapist

My career as an occupational therapist has been primarily been in spinal cord injury management, both in Australia and overseas, and I’ve always taken a special interest in new technologies. Having mostly worked in acute and rehabilitation settings, it’s now a great pleasure to work with people who are that bit further down the track and looking to ‘get on with living’. Combining that with such an idyllic setting as Collaroy Beach, there’s really no place like it!

Seb – Adaptive Sport & Rec Specialist

I bring with me extensive skills and experience in adaptive sport and recreation developed over the last 7 years working in both a community and an inpatient rehab setting. I’ve travelled the world with various Australian Paralympic Teams; run adaptive skiing camps across Australia and New Zealand; and supported hiking, camping, surfing, kayaking and cycling at countless locations. Above all, I simply love supporting people of all abilities to live active lifestyles.

Wade - Exercise Physiologist

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I have spent the last three years providing long-term rehabilitation for people with SCI. I have found great enjoyment in sharing my own hobbies with people, regardless of their level of function.  It is also great to break down barriers and get people out doing the things they love, or discovering new interests. Fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and surfing are all things I enjoy, and hope that my own passions and experience will allow me to ensure guests get the most out of their stay.

Nicole – Duty Manager

Having worked in vastly different roles as a senior clinical dietitian and accredited nutritionist and an investigative journalist, I am delighted to have finally found a career path that I am truly passionate about.
Combining hotel management with my clinical experience has allowed me to help ensure that we provide the best experience possible for our wonderful guests.

Heidi– Booking Coordinator

I first went through spinal rehabilitation in December 2009 as a result of a motorbike crash that left me as a T4 complete paraplegic. My first exposure to Sargood was post injury around 2011 when I started working for the Sargood Centre and was involved in the planning for access and inclusion. I hope my knowledge and life experience will add to our guests’ experience at Sargood and assist those with a spinal cord injury to be confident human beings who are comfortable in their skin.