NT Divisional Council

Fiona Tipping (Acting Chair)                 

Fiona graduated as an OT in 1997 from La Trobe University and following this started her career journey in OT. Fiona has a strong history of working in rural and remote settings from her first job at Broken Hill Base Hospital providing outpatient paediatric services and outreach generalist OT with the Royal Flying Doctor Service clinic runs to remote outback NSW communities. Fiona has also held a number of positions working across a variety of industries including the private Vocational Rehabilitation Sector and Commonwealth, State and Local government service providers. Fiona has previously lived and worked in the NT when based at Katherine region for approximately 10 years. More recently Fiona has been undertaking a clinical research project under the guidance of the Centre of Research Excellence Program supervised by Monash University School of Rural and Remote Health. Fiona has also established a small private therapy practice. Fiona’s special interest areas are clinical research, paediatric practice: diagnostic assessment, therapy practice across many OT domains including sensory regulation, emotional regulation, social thinking and executive functional performance. Fiona is based in Darwin.

Rebecca Jarman

Rebecca graduated as an OT in 2006 from Curtin University and has worked in both the NT and WA in a mixture of metropolitan, rural and remote positions since graduating. Rebecca has a particular interest in OT in paediatric and adult disability in community settings. Currently Rebecca is working in the Community Paediatric Allied Health Officer role with the NT Centre for Disease Control. The role has a strong public health focus being involved with multiple paediatric surveillance and research projects. Rebecca is based in Darwin.

Laura Coates                 

Laura graduated as an OT in 2012 from Charles Sturt University, moved to Darwin in 2013 and has held clinical OT positions in Darwin since 2013. Laura’s current role involves providing assessment and intervention to a complex caseload working within the Children’s Development Team. She has gained experience in paediatric assessments for children with a range of difficulties – providing intervention for clients needing input for fine motor, gross motor, sensory processing, attention, home mods and equipment prescription. Laura has also worked in adult rehabilitation gaining experience with clients with a range of impairments including brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputation. She has also worked with the Aged Care Equipment Program and consolidated her knowledge and skills in equipment prescription and home mods. Laura was instrumental in initiating and completing a guideline to outline the processes for OTs referring to the Dept of Housing, and it is this guideline that is now routinely used by OTs in the Dept of Health and the private sector. Laura is based in Darwin.

 Susan Brooks                 

Susan graduated as an OT from Curtin University in 2004. She has since worked in a range of settings in Victoria, the UK and NT. Her experience includes neurological, orthopaedic, aged related conditions and driving assessment across inpatient rehabilitation, community health and private practice. Susan has a particular interest in assistive technology. Susan has worked in Alice Springs on 3 occasions, most recently returning in 2017 to the role of manager of the Adult Allied Health Team, Disability Equipment Program and SEAT clinic.

Alison Walker

Alison completed her undergraduate occupational therapy degree in 2007 (University of Western Sydney) and Masters of Paediatric Occupational Therapy in 2016 (La Trobe University).   She has worked in private and public positions, in rural, remote and urban settings in Australia, England and Bhutan.   Among Alison’s other occupational therapy roles, her experience as a rural generalist occupational therapist in Derby Population Health Unit, WA, a school-based occupational therapist in Bhutan (as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program) and a NDIS Planner in the Northern Territory have influenced her special interest areas of paediatrics,  international development and rural and remote health.   Alison is currently working with the Northern Territory Education Department, as a P2 Occupational Therapist in the Teaching and Allied Health Team.  This team is Darwin based however aims to provide services to schools across the Northern Territory.

Lori Roberts

Lori is a Paediatric OT who graduated from Deakin university in Victoria. She has over 6 years experience in Paediatric OT, having worked with a variety of diagnosis in primarily in early intervention settings. Lori spent three years working in Sydney, however has well and truly converted to the tropical lifestyle of Darwin having been here for over 3 years. Lori is passionate about allied health in the NT – specifically around the importance of OT networks in such a transient staff context.

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