NSW Divisional Council
Linda Elliott (Chair)
Linda Elliott is a registered occupational therapist currently employed as a Senior Policy Officer. In her volunteer role with OTA she brings 35 years of experience working in the disability and government sectors. Linda values her membership of the Association as it provides a voice for our profession to ensure that it is valued, influential and sustainable. Participation in Association activities continues to be an important components of Linda’s own professional development.
Kim Bulkeley (Deputy Chair)
Kim is an occupational therapist with over 25 years experience in the community disability sector in front line, management, policy and research roles. Kim completed her PhD investigating a family centred intervention for young children with autism and is teaching part time at the Faculty of Health Sciences, pursuing her commitment to develop and support future generations of occupational therapists. Kim also has a part time role with the POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health to develop and evaluate allied health service delivery with remote communities in north western NSW for Aboriginal children and their families. The move into this role builds on Kim's work with the Wobbly Hub project over the past three years, researching and developing models of allied health to improve access to services for people with a disability in western NSW.
Julie is a registered occupational therapist and has extensive experience in frontline, senior and State consultancy roles with a focus on rural and remote occupational therapy. Julie has a degree in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. Julie has over 25 years experience working as an occupational therapist in the disability sector working with adults and children in a range of settings including community and accommodation. Julie has a strong interest in clinical supervision, promoting evidence based practice and innovative service provision for people living in rural and remote areas. Julie is currently employed as a Consultant Occupational Therapist with Family and Community Services (FACS)
Gemma is a registered occupational therapist based in Sydney. After graduating from Western Sydney University in 2013 she has worked in a range of areas including mental health, acute aged care, geriatric rehabilitation and community aged care. She is passionate to continue to specialise as an aged care occupational therapist and actively face the challenges of an ageing society. Gemma was a new division council member in 2017 and is looking forward to supporting the occupational therapy profession through her position and networking with local members.
Karen graduated as an occupational therapist in Hong Kong and received her PhD in rehabilitation sciences specialising in neurological rehabilitation. Before working as an academic at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Karen has practised as a clinician in both Hong Kong and USA. In February 2012, Karen moved to Sydney and has been working at the Western Sydney University. Her areas of clinical, teaching and research work include neurological rehabilitation, rehabilitation for people with mild cognitive impairments and dementia. She also conducts research in using various strategies to enhance learning in children with developmental disabilities.
Lyn has significant professional experience working within community-based health centres and hospitals. For many years she was the Unit Head for Acute Occupational Therapy Services within the Illawarra, and responsible for the day-to-day management of OT services in Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour and Bulli hospitals.
Sam is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Since graduating in 1987 she has gained extensive experience as an occupational therapist in senior and managerial roles in the health and social care industry across a range of practice areas including mental health, physical rehabilitation and occupational rehabilitation. Sam conducts workshops for clinicians for OT Australia and is a trainer for the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement, and the Kawa Model. Her areas of research include investigating the strategies for improving the professional resilience in the workforce, occupation-based practice in mental health, and the translation of theoretical knowledge into occupational therapy curricula and practice settings.
For further information or to contact a member of the Divisional Council, please contact OTA.