NT Divisional Council
The role of the Northern Territory Division Council is:
- To represent the interests of the members affiliated with the Division;
- Provide focused input and feedback to the Division Manager relating to:
- The prioritising and management of issues affecting NT members
- Practice issues, including implementation issues arising from new standards or legislation and potential areas for improvement pertinent to the allied health sector, and occupational therapy in particular, and
- Longer-term issues important to the allied health sector in which OTA can play a lead role.
Council is committed to supporting all NT members. We value your feedback. Please let us know what we do well and where we can improve our services and products by contacting OTA.
Alison completed her undergraduate occupational therapy degree in 2007 (University of Western Sydney) and Masters of Paediatric Occupational Therapy in 2016 (La Trobe University). She has worked in private and public positions, in rural, remote and urban settings in Australia, England and Bhutan. Among Alison’s other occupational therapy roles, her experience as a rural generalist occupational therapist in Derby Population Health Unit, WA, a school-based occupational therapist in Bhutan (as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program) and a NDIS Planner in the Northern Territory have influenced her special interest areas of paediatrics, international development and rural and remote health. Alison is currently working with the Northern Territory Education Department, as a P2 Occupational Therapist in the Teaching and Allied Health Team. This team is Darwin based however aims to provide services to schools across the Northern Territory.
Debbie is a long-standing member of OTA and is currently Acting Occupational Therapy Manager at Royal Darwin Hospital and the Professional Occupational Therapy lead across the Top End Health Service. She has been fortunate to work in a variety of acute care settings across the UK and Australia in a variety of acute and community clinical roles. Debbie is passionate in working with older people and delivering quality services to clients through patient centred care and has completed research in this area and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. She also holds a Diploma in Leadership and Management which has also assisted with Debbie interest in leadership development and high performing work practices for OT. She enjoys the rich diversity her current position brings. As part of the Divisional Council Debbie aims to support the wider OT profession to engage in sustainable work force development.
Having recently moved to Alice Springs I am keen to support and represent the interests of my fellow Occupational Therapists in the central desert. I am interested in understanding the operational activities of the council with the hope of providing support advocacy for Occupational Therapist in the Northern Territory. I feel my current OT position working with First Nations’ people and past work history in mental health, give me understanding of the unique working experience in Alice Springs. I have a particular interest in paediatric occupational therapy, trauma informed practice and mental health. I intend to further inform myself of the divisional council's interest and needs through attendance of all meetings and events to support NT members.
Shannon graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2004. She worked in community paediatric roles across WA, before moving to the NT in 2009. In 2010, Shannon established a private therapy clinic, providing services to children and families within the Helping Children with Autism program and Better Start Initiative, before transitioning to the NDIS. Shannon specialises in supporting children with autism, sensory processing, motor planning, DIR Floortime, parent-child attachment and parenting support. Shannon now holds the role of Practice Principal in a multidisciplinary service, and is passionate about supporting early career therapists, providing robust clinical education, and advancing the role and scope of the early intervention professional.
Rebecca graduated as an occupational therapist from Western Sydney University in 2008. She has worked in a variety of roles and clinical areas in Sydney, Brisbane and the United Kingdom and has been living and working in the Northern Territory for over 9 years. In that time, Rebecca has worked in acute, rehabilitation and community roles in both Darwin and remote Top End communities. Currently a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University exploring validity, clinical utility and cultural safety of The Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform Assessment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Rebecca is employed as a lecturer in occupational therapy at Charles Darwin University.