NSW Divisional Council
NSW Divisional Council
The Occupational Therapy Australia NSW Divisional Council represents the interests and provides advice to support the members affiliated with the Division.
The Council comprises OTA members from across the state who bring a diversity of skills and experience to the Association. Council members welcome and value member input and feedback. If you would like to connect with any of our NSW Divisional Council members, please contact us at OTA and we will be happy to forward on your request.
Jessica Francis (Chair)
Jess is the Director of The Training Club, a Sydney based community practice, and Healtharium, a digital health startup. Jess has over 12 years experience across a range of private sectors as a clinician and in senior leadership roles and recently completed postgraduate research exploring the use of virtual reality.
Dr Samantha Ashby
Dr Samantha Ashby is an associate professor in occupational therapy in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle. She has a varied clinical background having worked in education, mental health practice, physical rehabilitation and occupational rehabilitation since graduating in 1987 from the London School of Occupational Therapy.
Anthony is a new graduate member currently working across the NDIS and Worker’s Compensation schemes. Anthony completed his Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra in June 2020 before moving back to NSW to begin working as an Occupational Therapist in the private practice space.
Mary is a senior occupational therapist with over 30 years’ experience in mental health settings and she has a passion for direct clinical intervention. Mary has worked in Intensive Psychiatric Care Units for over ten years, and more recently in an acute psychogeriatric mental health setting.
Ashleigh is a private practice occupational therapist, graduated from the University of Sydney. She is working in the paediatric community sector, specialising in assisting children achieve their functional goals to participate meaningfully in their daily lives.
Anne is a senior Occupational Therapist with over 30 years’ experience. She first started her work as an Occupational Therapist in rural and remote areas of NSW which developed her resourcefulness, resilience and problems solving skills.
Jo is a registered occupational therapist with 22 years of experience in clinical, management, academia, and research. After completing her occupational therapy degree, she obtained a Master’s in Health Law and is currently completing her PhD.
Dr Trish Mackey
Trish commenced in the role of Senior Lecturer with Charles Sturt University in mid-2021. Previously she held the position of Deputy Public Advocate with the ACT Human Rights Commission and had responsibilities for oversighting and monitoring service systems (mental health, disability, child protection), and in the provision of systemic and individual advocacy.
Gillian has worked in paediatrics for 25 years, during which time she has held both clinical and leadership roles in educational, non-government organisations and the private sector. She is currently working as a Clinical Lead within the area of early childhood.
Trina is a lecturer at Charles Sturt University, and a former Board member of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA). In addition to teaching in the occupational therapy degree, Trina has a background in the application of everyday and specialised technologies and is involved in the provision of clinical support for people in the local community interested in exploring options for communication, computer access and home control.
Pauline currently works as a senior occupational therapist at a private hospital and casual academic for the University of Sydney. Pauline graduated with the University Medal and First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 2018 and has since worked in the occupational rehabilitation and private hospital settings.
Nikki is an associate lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at Western Sydney University. Nikki has an interest in cognitive functioning and its impact on daily living among older adults. Nikki is currently undertaking her PhD at Western Sydney University, investigating the use of memory encoding strategies to improve everyday memory performance and promote functional performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
Sheridan Wicks is a Charles Sturt University graduate with 12 years of experience. For the past 10 years, Sheridan has run a private paediatric occupational therapy practice in Nowra, in the Shoalhaven region.
Danielle Perkes is a senior occupational therapist who has worked in the mental health sector for 20 years. She is a senior health leader and manager with experience in a broad range of hospital and community healthcare settings.