NT Divisional Council

The role of the Northern Territory Division Council is:

  • To represent the interests of the members affiliated with the Division;
  • Provide focused input and feedback to the Division Manager relating to:
    • The prioritising and management of issues affecting NT members
    • Practice issues, including implementation issues arising from new standards or legislation and potential areas for improvement pertinent to the allied health sector, and occupational therapy in particular, and
    • Longer-term issues important to the allied health sector in which OTA can play a lead role.

Each Council member is responsible for specific portfolios. They welcome and value member input and feedback. Please feel free to contact them on any matters relating to their portfolio.

Council is committed to supporting all NT members. We value your feedback. Please let us know what we do well and where we can improve our services and products by contacting OTA.


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.

Vice Chairperson

Laura Cotes

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.

Deborah Roe

Debbie is a long-standing member of OTA and is currently Acting Occupational Therapy Manager at Royal Darwin Hospital and the Professional Occupational Therapy lead across the Top End Health Service. She has been fortunate to work in a variety of acute care settings across the UK and Australia in a variety of acute and community clinical roles. Debbie is passionate in working with older people and delivering quality services to clients through patient centred care and has completed research in this area and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.    She also holds a Diploma in Leadership and Management which has also assisted with Debbie interest in leadership development and high performing work practices for OT. She enjoys the rich diversity her current position brings.  As part of the Divisional Council Debbie aims to support the wider OT profession to engage in sustainable work force development.

Sarah Shipp

Sarah is passionate about Occupational Therapy and would like to be able to contribute to OTA in the NT. There is limited engagement in OTA in her workplace and town, so she aims to continue to advocate for the role of OTA and support membership to optimise CPD opportunities in Alice Springs that are relevant to a diverse range of practice areas including support engagement within the NDIS.

Hannah Overhue

Having recently moved to Alice Springs I am keen to support and represent the interests of my fellow Occupational Therapists in the central desert. I am interested in understanding the operational activities of the council with the hope of providing support advocacy for Occupational Therapist in the Northern Territory. I feel my current OT position working with First Nations’ people and past work history in mental health, give me understanding of the unique working experience in Alice Springs. I have a particular interest in paediatric occupational therapy, trauma informed practice and mental health. I intend to further inform myself of the divisional council's interest and needs through attendance of all meetings and events to support NT members.

Amy Cummins

Amy graduated from University of Western Sydney in 2009. She has since worked as an OT in a range of settings within NSW, Victoria, and the NT across acute, occupational rehabilitation and community disability settings for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has an interest in adult disability, assistive technology and home modifications and has recently established her own private practice within Darwin servicing urban and remote community clients.

Lisle Grimwood

Lisle graduated from Monash University in Melbourne in 2012. She worked for several years, rotating across a large health network, in acute and sub-acute settings. Lisle worked across several community health services before moving to Alice Springs, where she is currently working in the community health setting as a P2 Occupational Therapist. She has an interest in allied health practice in Central Australia and the advancement of occupational therapy practice in the remote context.

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

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