Lauren Hart

Lauren Hart is an Occupational Therapist and the founder of Optimal Living Therapy. Having graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Lauren has worked in a variety of areas and with an extensive range of clients in her career thus far.

Lauren has completed a diploma in Access Consultancy with the Institute of Access Training Australia. She works closely with builders and architects on receiving Livable Housing design certifications and provides consultation and certifications for Specialist Disability Accomodation (SDA).

Lauren’s qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
  • AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist
  • Diploma of Access Consulting
  • Registered Livable Housing Australia Design Guideline Assessor
  • Registered NDIS provider
  • Accredited SDA Assessor – SDA00010


Get to know Lauren:

What is your job role in the company?

I’m the founding director of the company so I wear a few hats. My primary roles are to support our team to provide excellent customer services and therapy supports to our clients, keep on top of the ever-moving nature of the NDIS and clinically I primarily provide consultation regarding Specialist Disability Accommodation.

What is the best part of your job?

Being able to engage with such a diverse range of people and companies all working to serve the same purpose. Building a team that can sustainably provide OT services in a highly adaptable, agile and responsive way to what the market is demanding and being in control of how we do that.

What do you consider your specialty area?

Everything specialist disability accommodation and most things NDIS are my expert offerings. I am a design consultant for disability accommodation projects, both predating SDA and since SDA emerged. I believe as OT’s working with the clients who are going to be the intended users of SDA homes, we are well placed to provide input on functional design/layout of homes and provide input on technological inclusions that improve independence. Being able to bridge the gap between what participants want and need in SDA, and SDA providers seeking to build fit for purpose homes is a really rewarding position.