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Grace Yao

Grace joined the Little Movers team in 2021 with over 15 years’ experience as a paediatric Physiotherapist. She began her career at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004 and has since worked at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, and various Specialist Schools and early childhood intervention services. She has worked with infants and children of all ages with a wide range of neurological, cardiorespiratory, genetic, orthopedic, developmental and complex medical conditions, in addition to children with acquired brain injury, childhood cancer, organ transplants and burns. With many years’ experience in equipment prescription, Grace is confident in prescribing a wide range of specialised equipment, such as walking frames (gait aids), standing frames, wheeled mobility and seating. 


Grace takes a holistic approach to working with families, drawing on her experience as a transdisciplinary Key Worker to consider how gross motor challenges fit within the ‘bigger picture’ of the child’s development. She enjoys working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and applies principles of family centred care to her daily practice. 


In addition to her Physiotherapy degree, Grace completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2020 and postgraduate training in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach for children with Cerebral Palsy and neuromotor conditions. She has a strong interest in world public health issues, volunteering in 2018 at the Lao Friends Hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos where she provided consults to children in addition to clinical education to hospital staff on how best to support children with developmental disabilities in Physiotherapy interventions.  


Outside of work, Grace enjoys singing, arts, crafts, team sports, cooking and travel.

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