ACT Divisional Council

Asimina Peristeri​​​​                 

Asimina has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including: community based blood cancer support services;  general community rehabilitation including home modifications, and prescription for specialist aids and equipment; NDIS and My Aged care provider; and adult and older person’s community mental health. Asimina has an interest in health policy, especially as it relates to community services. She has been employed by the Commonwealth Government in policy and program management positions with Comcare, (Commonwealth Government’s worker’s compensation insurer), the National Health and Medical Research Council as manager in the area developing evidence based health clinical guidelines, the Commonwealth Government’s Office for Women, and the Commonwealth and ACT Departments of Health in primary health policy areas.

Alison Hartigan                 

Alison is an Occupational Therapist, a Navy veteran, a Mum of three and a member the ACT Divisional Council. She completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra as a mature age student. After recently working in mental health occupational therapy in an acute mental health ward and with Open Arms veterans and families counselling service, Alison is embarking on a part-time role with the Navy Reserve as a Military Transition Support Officer (transition coaching) and exploring establishing a private Occupational Therapy practice on the other days. Initially Alison joined the Divisional Council as a student and continues to enjoy being part of the council to connect with and support the ACT Occupational Therapy community. She has a passion for supporting people to overcome barriers, to support participation, and improve their capacity to achieve their goals and live their best life.

Jess Wallace

Jess is an Occupational Therapist currently working in paediatric private practice. She relocated back to the ACT after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney in 2020. While finishing her studies, Jess has also had experience working in areas involving assistive technology and equipment prescription in both community and hospital settings. Jess has joined the Divisional Council as a new graduate and is eager to support the needs and challenges for students and new clinicians transitioning to professional practice. As a part of the Council, Jess is also passionate about addressing the workforce shortages in the ACT to better support individuals and their families to access the services and care they need.

Bec O’Brien

Bec is an Occupational Therapist currently working in NDIS. Bec is a second-year graduate. After completing her studies, Bec worked in aged care in the community and registered aged care facilities where she developed an interest in pain, dementia and lymphedema. Bec completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra as a mature aged student. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Bec worked in the Australian Public Service for 10 years. Bec had placements at the University of Canberra Cancer Clinic, within the community, occupational rehabilitation and an older person’s mental health unit. In 2021, Bec commenced her Post Graduate Studies in Pain Management at the University of Sydney. Bec has joined the council to gain a new perspective on occupational therapy within the wider community, understand barriers within the community and to support new students and graduates.

For further information or to contact a member of the Divisional Council, please contact OTA.

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