Hypermobility Connect is the work of Michelle O’Sullivan, a Senior Occupational Therapist in Sydney Australia. Hypermobility Connect was started in 2016 after Michelle saw a need for greater awareness, education, advocacy and support for people with all kinds of hypermobility conditions. Having worked as an Occupational Therapist in private practice with people of all ages living with hypermobility conditions, she was more than qualified and extremely passionate to create a resource for the wider hypermobility community, not just those she could reach through one on one work.
Hypermobility Connect started as a source of information for people seeking high-quality information about their condition. The need for a sense of community grew quickly and Hypermobility Connect took on board a team of volunteer bloggers to help share their experience of living with a hypermobility condition. From there, 18 months later Michelle decided to open a Facebook Group to offer a safe place for people to interact with each other. That group has grown exponentially since and is administrated by Michelle and team of moderators.
A few months later, a Hypermobility Health Professionals group was started on Facebook to enable those professionals already on our mailing list (and others who find us in other ways) to start networking – bouncing ideas off each other, referring on and supporting each other. That’s now growing by the day which is extremely exciting.
Like many businesses these days, Hypermobility Connect is an online business with a strong community around it. There is nothing like that feeling of community, the feeling of belonging and being around like-minded people. While Hypermobility Connect is a business, it’s creation and it’s aims have always been to provide assistance to the community of people living with these conditions.
It’s also important to remember that Michelle studied for 5.5 years at University to be able to help people in this way, and as a Registered Occupational Therapist, she is bound by strict Australian Laws governing what she can and cannot do. That includes selling you things you don’t need! Anything available for sale on Hypermobility Connect is for sale because of it’s genuine perceived benefit. All prices are kept as low as possible, while still acknowledging the time & effort put into creating the resources for you.
So while Michelle is the owner of “Hypermobility Connect” and the creator of the resources which you can choose whether or not you buy – the community belongs to us all.
If you ever have any suggestions or feedback, it is welcomed via email.