Catherine Omni began Augmentia Health in 2017 as a sole practitioner and now with a strong team of over 20 clinicians her role has developed into Clinical Director. Catherine is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology assessments and therapy that make a difference to the quality of lives of individuals and their family. Her training and approach is multifaceted with a focus on positive psychology and interventions drawn from neuropsychology, family systems theory and psychodynamic research within a play based approach. Catherine takes training and development seriously for her team and spends her day establishing solid foundations for the clinical team to be able to deliver equally solid outcomes for our clients.
Catherine is a Board Approved Supervisor and qualified to assess for a number of different diagnoses, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Learning Disabilities, ODD, Conduct Disorder, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. She overseas and supervises our comprehensive Assessments for IQ, education and learning, behaviour, mental health, and development which include consultations with other health professionals in a team based approach. Catherine’s psychological report recommendations are aligned with National Learning Standards and make it easy for classroom teachers and learning support teachers to implement them into an Individual Education Plan (IEP) as well as includes specific goals and adaptive functioning measures relevant for the NDIS.
Catherine is keenly interested in applied research and program development, having previously published in a peer journal on adaptive emotional functioning (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12144-008-9027-9) and developing children’s books about social and emotional skill development. She focuses in the area of neuropsychology and social and emotional learning, and has developed the SMART Fun Program (https://smartfun.com.au/) incorporating both of these areas for preschool children that is implemented in Preschools and Day Care Centres within Australia. Catherine is also the author of the NeuroTeaching series of professional development for primary and high school teachers about the neurology of learning and multi-sensory approaches to learning. In the field of neurodiversity, Catherine is an advocate for Inclusive Travel and has established training programs for working with neurodiversity in education and the community that are run through the Neurodiversity Centre Australia (https://www.ndcentre.com.au/).