Sam Aquilina

Occupational Therapist

Sam moved to the Sunshine Coast from regional Victoria in 2015 after completing two semesters at Melbourne’s Deakin University in a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She commenced studying Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2019 with the intention of working in mental health, having nursed a strong interest in the field since high school.

Sam has been an integral part of Minerva Allied Health Services since 2020, initially serving as an OT Assistant for 3.5 years while pursuing her degree. Throughout her academic journey, she undertook two mental health-focused placements in the public sector, solidifying her commitment to this field. Her dedication extended to research, culminating in an Honours project exploring the correlations among childhood trauma, attachment insecurity, and engagement in meaningful activity. Sam’s scholarly pursuits led her to present her findings at the national Occupational Therapy Australia Conference in 2023.

Since earning her degree, Sam has seamlessly transitioned into the role of Occupational Therapist at Minerva. Her approach centers on fostering strong client relationships, prioritizing autonomy and choice in their treatment plans. With a fervent dedication to holistic and evidence-based practices, she aims to ensure that clients receive optimal interventions and support.

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Minerva was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, and the crafts. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the “owl of Minerva” ,which symbolised her association with wisdom and knowledge.

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