QLD Divisional Council
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 graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004 as an OT with First Class Honours, then went on to secure a Doctor of Philosophy from UQ in 2011 and a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation from UQ in 2010. Kieran has an extensive work history in the area of occupational therapy working at UQ (Research Project Officer and Workplace Injury Management), Bayside Health Service District (OT), QEII Health Service District (Palliative Care Service and Community Rehabilitation), Wolston Correctional Centre (OT), Metro South Health (Senior OT) and at UQ OT in various Lecturer, Associate Professor and Interim Program Lead roles. Kieran is currently a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast, an OT in private practice and a Circus Trainer and Performer in private practice. Kieran’s career objective is to combine part time clinical work in the area of adult chronic disease with part time academia (teaching and research) for mutual benefit. His areas of interest include chronic disease (especially diabetes), palliative care, community OT, soft tissue injury management, lymphoedema management, biomechanical and anatomical influences on occupational environmental design and accessibility.
Penny has 23 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist, primarily in the paediatric practice domain across acute and community services within Queensland Health. She is currently employed in two part time roles, which include her permanent position (since 2009) as the State-wide Clinical Education Leader: Paediatrics as part of the Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Program. Her second position is as acting Director of Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (formerly Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital) in which she has been working since 2014 in a job share working arrangement. Prior to this Penny was the acting Director of Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital for several years and took a lead role in the commissioning of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital which saw a merger between the Royal Children’s and Mater Children’s Hospitals. In her current acting Director of Occupational Therapy role Penny is the Professional Lead for all occupational therapists working in Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and holds a number of leadership roles including membership on 2 Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Boards (University of Queensland and the Australian Catholic University). Penny has a strong interest in strategic planning, leadership, clinical education and the translation of contemporary occupational centred theory into clinical practice. Penny is based in Brisbane.
Anna is currently the Director of Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy, Children's Health QLD and was appointed to the role in 2014 to lead the commissioning of the Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy department for the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, now known as QLD Children’s Hospital. Prior to this role, Anna has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist for seventeen years, nine of which have been in management positions at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane and Sydney Children's Hospital (2001-2009). Anna has worked as a clinician across both the acute and community sector and specialised in the area of neurology and neuro-rehabilitation, at Sydney Children's Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London. Anna is extremely passionate about paediatric health care and the development of a networked paediatric service across QLD, particularly from an Allied Health perspective. She has a special interest in Health Leadership and Management and Healthcare Transformation and Clinical Re-design.
Sue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with a Ba Occupational Therapy (Hononrs). 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 DC 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. Having recently relocated from Brisbane to Cairns and Sue is looking forward to promoting OTA in the far north and facilitating opportunities for members in this region.
Jed graduated from Griffith University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Jed has worked in paediatric mental health clinic. Jed has a drive for occupation-based practice and building opportunities for social engagement. Jed hopes to translate his passion for the profession to academia eventually, as he believes successful evidence-to-practice application is imperative for the growth and endurance of the profession across all health settings.
Lachlan graduated from Griffith University in 2017 as an occupational therapist. Since graduating Lachlan has worked in the aged care setting, seeing clients in the community as well as various residential aged care facilities. He is now a Site Lead at an aged care facility in Brisbane and would like to continue developing his leadership skills. Lachlan is also interested in student development and believes his passion for the progression of occupational therapy can influence future members of the profession. Lachlan would like to continue developing his clinical skills in a range of settings in the coming years. His goal is to work in academia to continue to influence the future of occupational therapy.
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