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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2004. She worked in community paediatric roles across WA, before moving to the NT in 2009. In 2010, Shannon established a private therapy clinic, providing services to children and families within the Helping Children with Autism program and Better Start Initiative, before transitioning to the NDIS. Shannon specialises in supporting children with autism, sensory processing, motor planning, DIR Floortime, parent-child attachment and parenting support. Shannon now holds the role of Practice Principal in a multidisciplinary service, and is passionate about supporting early career therapists, providing robust clinical education, and advancing the role and scope of the early intervention professional.
Rebecca graduated as an occupational therapist from Western Sydney University in 2008. She has worked in a variety of roles and clinical areas in Sydney, Brisbane and the United Kingdom and has been living and working in the Northern Territory for over 9 years. In that time, Rebecca has worked in acute, rehabilitation and community roles in both Darwin and remote Top End communities. Currently a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University exploring validity, clinical utility and cultural safety of The Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform Assessment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Rebecca is employed as a lecturer in occupational therapy at Charles Darwin University.
Katie completed her undergraduate occupational therapy degree (with first class honours), through Curtin University, Perth, in 2014. She has worked across many varied settings and contexts over her career so far, including urban and remote, disability and health, and the community services and higher education sectors. She has clinical experience in paediatrics, disability, and remote generalist services across the lifespan. Katie has also had experience internationally, through her volunteer work as a community occupational therapist in India.
Katie is passionate about facilitating positive outcomes for everyone she works with, but has a particular interest in rural and remote health care. Having grown up in country WA, and worked across the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA, and now remote Northern Territory, Katie has an understanding of living life remote, and the rewards and challenges that it brings. She is passionate about sustainable service delivery for people who would otherwise not have access to the support they need. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Rural Generalist Practice, to continue refining her skills as a remote practitioner. Katie is currently working for the East Arnhem Regional Council, based in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. As the first role of its kind in NT local government, Katie is working on program development for sustainable occupational therapy services across East Arnhem Land.
Carmen completed her Masters of Philosophy in 2015 (University of Cambridge) and Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2020 (Swinburne University). Carmen lived in many places growing up including, Malaysia, Switzerland, UK and Australia. She has a strong understanding for working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially those living in rural and remote areas. Carmen understands that working in the Northern Territory can sometimes be professionally isolating. For this reason, she is passionate about connecting and supporting early career OTs working in the Northern Territory. Carmen is currently working as a sole Occupational Therapist at Darwin Private Hospital’s inpatient Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Unit. This team is the first and only private mental health facility in the Northern Territory.
Tannille is a registered occupational therapist and yoga teacher. In 2017 she graduated from a Bachelor of Health Science/ Masters of Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University. She is currently completing a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work through The University of Melbourne. Tannille is passionate about working with people across the lifespan whom have experienced trauma, and or have diagnosed mental illnesses. Tannille has worked in numerous roles within the mental health and disability fields. She utilises dialectical behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy and other healing tools in her practice. Tannille is currently working in two roles, one is to provide mental health intervention and therapy to remote communities across Central Australia. The other is providing occupational therapy to National Disability Insurance Scheme participants, primarily within the fields of paediatrics and mental health. Tannille established her own private therapy service in 2021.