B. App. Sci. O.T., Master Art Therapy, PhD

Dr. Cate Sinclair is an occupational therapist with extensive clinical experience in pain management, child and youth mental health, and treatment for symptoms related to cystic fibrosis, respiratory disease, and cancer.

Cate also works as the senior occupational therapist with the Children’s Pain Management Clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Cate completed a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with The University of Queensland in 2018. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has disseminated her research in publications. She has also been invited to tour nationally and present workshops on pain management across the lifespan throughout Australia. In 2003, Cate completed a Master in Art Therapy and Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy in 1986.

Cate has a particular interest in understanding the interaction between complex factors such as disease or previous injures, and a young person’s unique life experiences and developmental challenges. Combined, these factors can impact a young person’s capacity to maintain independence, and engage in school and community activities. Key to understanding these processes is learning how a young person makes sense of their internal sensations and the surrounding world, and the impact of these perceptions on emotional development.

Cate is passionate about optimising a young person’s capacity to engage in daily life, and restoring a sense of vitality. Occupational therapy treatment focuses on skills development, and practical strategies for home, school, work, or university environments. Cate incorporates sensory modulation and regulation techniques, expressive therapies, and trauma-informed care in therapy. These strategies foster emotional-regulation and growth. As Cate primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults, treatment frequently includes parent education and coaching.


I believe everyday sensations and experiences can change pain, restore a sense of vitality, and help young people get back to living.
— Dr Cate Sinclair