Board Nominees 2021

2021 Election Process

As Australia's professional association for occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) fosters evidence-based practice, enables lifelong learning and promotes the future of occupational therapy. OTA exists to support occupational therapists to support their community.  

Nominations for the 2021 vacancies on the Board of Directors closed on Thursday 2 September 2021.  Five nominations were received to fill the five member-elected Board Director vacancies. 

As per the constitution, the nominees must be elected via a member vote. This voting process is available to current, paid-up members of Occupational Therapy Australia who are either: 

  • General members (either full-time, part-time or affiliate)
  • Honorary Life members
  • New Graduate members

The 2021 election of member-elected Board Directors is being conducted online. 

Members who are eligible to vote can do so by following the link sent via email on Monday 13 September.  

Note: This may go to your spam folder, so please check your junk mail.  If, after checking, you have not received this email please contact memberservices@otaus.com.au 

The election results will be reported at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 4 November 2021. 

Meet the nominees for the Board Director positions

Below you will find the information provided by the nominees on why they are seeking election to the Board. This information has been provided by the nominees to assist members while deciding how to cast their vote.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Michelle Bissett

Paul Marsh

Carol McKinstry

Joanna Murray

Katrina Pacey

 

Michelle Bissett

View Michelle's bio here.

 
Passion for OTA's purpose

I am proud to have contributed to our organisational purpose, which takes a multiprong approach to supporting occupational therapists and the profession. I am passionate about this purpose for three key reasons. Firstly, I am motivated by the knowledge that our purpose commits to supporting occupational therapists across different practice contexts and different stages of their career. This commitment is vital in a profession which has diverse and emerging practice contexts. Secondly, I am inspired that our purpose clearly encompasses multiple strategies as a means of enhancing occupational therapy in Australia. As examples, the organisation can proactively advance the profession through high-impact advocacy to key stakeholders and provide high-quality professional development for our practitioners. Lastly, I feel confident as I believe that this purpose can be operationalised throughout Australia to simultaneously enhance the work of occupational therapists and positively impact the various people with whom we work.

Paul Marsh

View Paul's bio here.

 
Passion for OTA's purpose

Over the last 4 years being on the board of OTA every decision made has had OTAs purpose front of mind to ensure we represent, support, strengthen and resource the continually evolving occupational therapy profession. I love being part of a dynamic group working towards a common goal of progressing OTA in an ever changing world. We strive to be the leaders and facilitators of leading edge thinking and actions to ensure OTAs purpose is met. My passion is for Australian OTs to be the most respected in the world and that the end user of our services being the client benefit so they reach their maximum potential. We must never rest on our laurels and strive for continuous improvement in everything we do.

Carol McKinstry

View Carol's bio here.

 
Passion for OTA's purpose

Carol is passionate about occupational therapy and OTA and promoting the profession. She has been an OTA member since her final year in university and has had a number of roles with OTA during her career. She has been on the AOTJ Editorial Board since 2011 and is currently an assistant editor. She has been on the OTA National Conference Scientific Committee for the past two conferences. She has been on the WFOT OT Program Approval Committee since 2014. She has had the privilege of representing OTA at various meetings including a Senate Standing Committee hearing and the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Services. She is passionate about teaching future occupational therapists and particularly improving occupational therapy services for those in rural areas. Her research has focused on occupational therapy and allied health workforce development, particularly in emerging areas and working with under-served communities. She has also mentored numerous occupational therapists.

Joanna Murray

View Joanna's bio here.

 
Passion for OTA's purpose

Having been an OTA Board Director for the past 2 years my passion for the OTA purpose and strategic vision has remained as strong as it was when I first took up my role. OT, and healthcare generally, in Australia is continually evolving. We have seen significant changes in the last 5 years in the disability, aged care, private practice, not-for-profit and public sectors. I am passionate about supporting the profession to navigate our way through changing times and our Association remains a robust force supporting and advocating for, our members.
I am passionate about OT and our evolving work and I am proud to play a part in providing strategic influence in awareness of our profession and providing vital resources and support for OT’s all over Australia.
Every Board needs passionate people, and I am proud to say that I am in great company on this Board.

Katrina Pacey

View Katrina's bio here.
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Passion for OTA's purpose

OT is a profession which looks beyond the obvious to motivations and fears, foundational skills and experiences, and social, emotional and physical environments which support or undermine engagement, participation and performance. Passionate about representing occupational therapists, and upholding the value of occupational therapy, I resource OT managers in RAR Therapy knowledge of our political and societal context, reminding them of the strength of trusting OT frameworks and the OT process in delivering services in the most complex of situations. Our strength is our network and I encourage connection and collaboration at every level. My passion is for people and when OTs are supported, strengthened and resourced, they can do what OTs do best – help people to do what they want and need to do to participate in building the life they most desire.

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