Occupational Therapy Australia Board

Occupational Therapy Australia is governed by a Board of Directors elected by members and or through the Nominations Committee. There can be up to ten Board Directors, which includes provision for external non-member and non-occupational therapists as directors. 

The 2021/22 Board of Directors were announced at the AGM on 4 November 2021. Office bearers will be finalised at the November OTA Board meeting. 


Michelle Bissett PhD 

Michelle is a registered occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in clinical and academic roles. She has long been an active contributor to the occupational therapy profession in Australia, currently as an existing board member and previously as a member of the NSW Divisional Council. Michelle is also a National Program Assessor for the Occupational Therapy Council which requires her to complete accreditation evaluations of occupational therapy programs in universities across the country.  


Priscilla Ennals PhD 
With almost 30 years’ experience working across clinical, academic and research contexts, Priscilla is a creative and strategic thinker dedicated to the improvement of our Australian health and social care systems


  Leanne Healey
Leanne has over 34 years of experience as an occupational therapist. Leanne founded Everyday Independence in 1997 and today she is at the helm of a dynamic allied health organisation with over 450 team members (over 200 Occupational Therapists). In 2018, Leanne was awarded Occupational Therapist of the Year at the Australian Allied Health Professional Awards and in 2020 Leanne was awarded The Telstra Business Women’s Award for Medium and Large Business.
  Adam Lo - WFOT Delegate
Adam has over 18 years of experience as an occupational therapist and child and youth mental health clinician.
Adam is the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Delegate for Occupational Therapy Australia. 
  Dr Carol McKinstry PhD, GAICD 
Carol is Head of the Rural Department of Allied Health within the La Trobe University’s Rural Health School, located in Bendigo Victoria. She oversees the occupational therapy courses in Bendigo, teaching and researching workforce issues. Carol joined La Trobe University in 2005. She has worked in senior management in quality and risk management at Bendigo Health. She was a clinician working in outpatient rehabilitation in a range of practice areas. Carol is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive board experience. She is currently a board director at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service and member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Clinical Council. Carol is also assistant editor on the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Editorial Board and on the OTA’s WFOT OT Program Approval Committee.
  Paul Marsh 
Paul has 20 years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation and injury management. Paul started and grew his own business, P2 Group, where he worked in that capacity for approximately 14 years working with employers to resolve their workers’ compensation claims, proactively reducing workers’ compensation premiums, and applied his expertise to improve the culture, performance, and wellbeing of people and organisations. Paul sold his business to International Insurance Broker, Gallagher. As part of the Gallagher acquisition of P2 Group in June 2019, Paul has joined the Gallagher Workplace Risk family as Practice Leader, Workers’ Compensation Southern Region.
  Joanna Murray 

Joanna Murray is the Co-CEO and Founder of Apricus Health having merged with another local occupational therapy practice in 2021.  Joanna has over 15 years experience as an occupational therapist and as a private practice business owner for over 12 years.  Apricus Health provides services to people across the lifespan in the areas of paediatrics, disability, aged support, mental health, hands and rehabilitation.  

Joanna is passionate about bringing innovation to OT and has been integral in the development of several projects which have been implemented in North Queensland

including a social isolation and loneliness program, a student-led service provision model, a therapy assistant framework, and an online education and training platform for health workers. 

Joanna is the recipient of many Awards including the JCU ‘Outstanding Alumni’ Award and the recipient of the OTA ‘Enabling Excellence in Practice Education’ Award and the Townsville Business Women's Network 'Business Woman of the Year'.  Joanna completed her MBA/MPH in 2017 and graduated from the AICD company directors’ course in 2019. 

Katrina Pacey
Katrina completed her OT degree at UQ in 1998. A varied career led to 10 years in Disability Services Queensland. This inspired Katrina’s desire to contribute to the development of students and early career OTs, culminating in a clinical leadership role as Discipline Senior. Here, Katrina was involved in curriculum development committees for OT courses at Southern Cross University and Griffith University, and high-level clinical support for OTs in the disability field. As one of three Directors of RAR Therapy, Katrina leads clinical practice across multidisciplinary teams to uphold excellence in services. 









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