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Michelle O’Sullivan

Senior Occupational Therapist

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ypermobility is ‘my thing’. It’s where my knowledge, experience and training combine. It’s where I feel I help clients best.

Having graduated from The University of Sydney in 1st place and almost immediately jumping on a plane to live in rural Africa, I didn’t realise hypermobility was my thing until I started working in Paediatrics once back in Australia. In practice, I saw joint hypermobility and it made sense to me. I could visualise it, explain it, teach it.

So, I let it become my thing back in 2010 when I started my first private practice, HypermobilOT on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I saw kids and adults with hypermobility conditions of all sorts, ranging from a few hypermobile joints through to severe connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome & Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. People came from all over the country. People were recognising it too. Hypermobility was my thing.

In 2016 I launched an online hypermobility platform, Hypermobility Connect, to provide a space where people living with hypermobility could access relevant and safe information, as well as connect with other people living a similar experience. It has taken off with a blog, Facebook Group, and the birth of the Hypermobility Health Professionals Network (hhpn).

It doesn’t end with the diagnosis, it’s just one step on the journey

Also in 2016, I was asked to speak at the launch of Genetic Disorders Awareness Week at NSW Parliament House which was an honour, and a great opportunity to get hypermobility on the radar of some important people in NSW Health. Having spoken previously at the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012 and the inaugural Ehlers-Danlos & Hypermobility Syndromes Conference in Australia in 2014, speaking in front a big crowd was becoming more comfortable!

Returning to face to face clinical work in 2018, I’m busy seeing clients, writing a book, eCourses, running Hypermobility Connect & it’s various offshoots and continuing to promote My Bendy Body: Living with Hypermobility in 3 (soon to be 4) different languages.

So, as you can see…. Hypermobility is my thing.

p.s. I do have a life outside of hypermobility. You’ll often find me with a camera in hand, snapping the beauty of this country or sitting in a cafe with a soy hot chocolate or a pot of tea, chatting with friends.

Hypermobility Connect Platform

Hypermobility Connect Group

Hypermobility Health Professionals Network

My Bendy Body: Living With Hypermobility (Book)

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Professional Memberships

I’m a Registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as well as a member of:

  • Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Australian Rheumatological Association (Non-Medical)
  • Genetic Alliance Australia
  • Arthritis & Osteporosis NSW
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