QLD Divisional Council

Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) Queensland Divisional Council represents the interests and provides services to 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 and the Queensland Divisional Manager meet quarterly via Zoom to discuss opportunities and activities impacting Queensland OTs.

2021-2022 QLD Divisional Council Members

Chairperson

  • Kim Walder | Brisbane

Divisional Council Members                                               

  • Dr Kieran Broome | Mary Valley
  • Dr Fiona Jones | Brisbane
  • Sue Smith | Sunshine Coast
  • Brooke Dalley | Rockhampton
  • Claire Kenny | Gold Coast
  • Pamela Meredith | Rockhampton
  • Dee Hofman-Nicholls | Townsville

Contacting QLD Divisional Council Members
If you would like to connect with any of our QLD Divisional Council members, please email brooke.carter@otaus.com.au who will be happy to forward on your information.

Kim Walder (Chair)

Kim has worked for over 30 years as an occupational therapist, across many practice settings, including community health, mental health, paediatrics, stroke, and acute hospitals. She has also had a role as a Director of Occupational Therapy, and managed various projects and her own private practice and consultancy business. Currently, Kim is working as an academic at Griffith University and is completing a PhD investigating professional identity and professional adaptation within occupational therapy. Kim has had a long involvement with OTA over the years, including being convenor of the Sunshine Coast Regional Group and serving two terms as a Director (Vice President - Finance) on the Occupational Therapy Australia Board. She also is currently a member of the OTA Finance, Risk and Audit committee.

Dr Kieran Broome        

Kieran is a private practice occupational therapist. His company, Good to Better, provides therapy services, professional development, and research and development services.

Kieran's current focus is as a community generalist, working with adolescents to older adults with a wide range of needs. His areas of interest include lymphoedema management, custom and complex assistive technology, accessibility, and enabling leisure. He has previously worked in diverse practice areas including chronic disease, hospitals, aged care, palliative care, working in the prisons, workplace injury management and soft tissue injury management. Kieran has a wealth of experience in teaching and research, having previously worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Bond University, the University of Southern Queensland, and the University of Queensland. He continues to supervise Honours, Masters and Doctoral students alongside doing his own research. Kieran's side career, running Mary Valley Circus, allows him to engage in circus teaching and performing, including accessible circus classes for people with disabilities.

Dr Fiona Jones

Fiona is the Director of a private Occupational Therapy practice, focusing on supporting children and families. Fiona has 12 years’ experience as a paediatric Occupational Therapist and completed a PhD in 2011. She has a particular interest in the translation of occupational centred, evidence informed theory into clinical practice, and the representation of occupational therapy in the community. Since graduation, Fiona has been involved with OTA, including the National Professional Practice & Standards committee. She is a member of the UQ OT Program Advisory Board, and the IMCH Board (early childhood education).

Sue Smith

Sue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with a Ba Occupational Therapy (Honours).  She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the public and private sectors in both acute and chronic areas of practice. 

Sue has worked in both urban and rural communities and has been in private practice for over 25 years in Ipswich.  Her primary areas of practice include vocational rehabilitation, injury management and prevention, pain management and complex case management.  Sue has remained an active member of the association since graduating, holding positions including; Work SIG convenor/ Steering committee member, Director of QLD OT Australia Board and Member of QLD Divisional Council of OTA.  Sue is a strong advocate for the profession of Occupational Therapy and enjoys working collaboratively with other Allied Health professions and the vast range of stakeholders who are essential in ensuring the maximum benefit for her clients.  She has also enjoyed the opportunity to education the next generation of the Occupational Therapy profession, as a sessional lecturer at ACU. 

Brooke Dalley

Brooke graduated as an occupational therapist in 2018 having completed her studies at CQUniversity as a mature aged student. For the last few years Brooke has been involved with OTA through her role as convenor of the Central Queensland Regional Interest Group. Brooke brings many perspectives to the Council through her experiences as a graduate working in regional practice, navigating the NDIS and operating in a generalist role.

Brooke has a keen interest in understanding and relating the impact of psychosocial challenges upon occupational functioning and a desire to increase community awareness of the breadth and scope of the occupational therapy profession.

Claire Kenny

Claire’s professional background includes working in public health settings with both mental and physical health caseloads, as well as owning and operating a private driving assessment mobile clinic and now, as Principle Health Liaison Officer for the Office of the Public Guardian. Claire is passionate about occupational therapy in the context of holistic wellness and how the professional community can extend the scope of occupational therapy to meet the needs of the everchanging health landscape. This passion has extended to Claire working on professional research secondments for Gold Coast Health in areas of integrated health and health innovation. Claire’s holistic experience in acute hospital, mental health and private practice provides a unique understanding of a client’s journey through the public health care system and into private professional practice.

Pamela Meredith

Pamela graduated from the University of Queensland as an occupational therapist in 1986, and as a psychologist in 1998. She went on to achieve her PhD in 2006 focusing on chronic pain outcomes for adults with childhood experiences predisposing them to insecure attachment patterns.

Pamela has an extensive clinical background as an occupational therapist and a psychologist, working in disability, child and adolescent mental health, and education. Pamela joined academia in 1997, and has been Professor and Head of Occupational Therapy at Central Queensland University since February 2018. Pamela is a passionate supporter of postgraduate studies has a demonstrated track record in the publication and dissemination of her research activity, with more than 100 publications.  Pam’s primary research focus is on the implications of sensory and attachment patterns for physical and mental health. She has presented extensively at conferences, and regularly presents one- and two-day workshops on the topic of her research.

Dee Hofman-Nicholls

Dee graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.  She went on to complete further post graduate studies in Clinical Rehabilitation and obtain her qualification to become an OT driving assessor. 

Dee is the Director and Principal Occupational Therapist of Enhanced Health Therapy Services, a private practice located in Townsville, regional Queensland.

Dee’s passion and extensive experience lies in the areas of rehabilitation, neurology and aged care. She has a depth and breadth of experience delivering services in public, private and not for profit services and across a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient and community) and geographies including Australia (metropolitan, regional, rural and remote), Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Qatar and Switzerland. Dee has considerable experience in governance and commercialisation having established and grown a commercially successful private practice.

Dee is a sessional lecturer of fourth year elective subjects at James Cook University (Townsville).  She is also passionate about advocating for occupational therapy.  She has been invited to speak with the Productivity Commission on issues impacting both small business and profession of occupational therapy at large on multiple occasions. Dee has attended hearings both in Townsville and Brisbane providing evidence at the Joint Standing Committee (NDIS) and the Royal Commission for Aged Care Safety and Quality

Student Representation
In recent years, the Queensland Divisional Council have welcomed having an occupational therapy student representative attend meetings, to provide perspective and contribute ideas from a student lens. The student representative role also provides an opportunity for leadership and the ability to represent the views of the occupational therapy student cohort. Student representatives are not appointed members of the Council and are not subject to OTA’s By Laws. The student representative role exists in a casual, temporary capacity.

 

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