Rachelle Coe is a School Liaison Officer at STARTTS. Her role is to build the capacity of schools to support their students and families with refugee experience, with the aim of improving students’ school environment and overall participation in learning. This work involves training, consultation, service co-ordination, community development and facilitation of networks of schools that support refugees alongside individual and group work. Rachelle has particular interests in the use of movement and play opportunities as interventions for students who have experienced trauma. She is also interested in the interaction of refugee experiences, impact of trauma on development and participation and issues of disability.
Rachelle has undergraduate and master’s degrees in occupational therapy. She has experience working in the areas of school based occupational therapy, paediatrics and childhood disability in Australia, UK and Singapore. Throughout her career, she has held varied roles as clinician, educator, consultant, researcher and project officer. She is involved in OT Australia as a representative on the NSW Witness Intermediary Registration Panel and as a co-facilitator of the Resettlement Special Interest Group within OT Australia.