NT Divisional Council

The Occupational Therapy Australia Northern Territory Divisional Council represents the interests and provides advice to support the members affiliated with the Division. The Council comprises OTA members from across the Territory who bring a diversity of skills and experience to the Association.

Council members welcome and value member input and feedback. If you would like to connect with any of our NT Divisional Council members, please contact OTA and we would be happy to forward your information.

2022-2023 NT Divisional Council Members


  • Deborah Roe

Divisional Council Members 

  • Shannon Hallatt
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Katie Moore
  • Tannille Anderson
  • Carmen Lai

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.

Shannon Hallatt

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 Smith

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 10 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 self- employed working with NDIS participants in Darwin.

Katie Moore

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 Lai

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 has experience working in a wide variety of settings not limited to inpatient mental health, aged care, private practice and non for profit organisations. Carmen is currently working as a mental health clinician at Darwin Head to Health. The centre provides walk-in support, without the need of a prior appointment, to individuals experiencing distress or crisis. 

Tannille Anderson

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. In 2021 Tannille completed 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 mental health and disability fields in public and private practice. She utilises dialectical behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy and other healing tools in her practice. Tannille established her own private therapy service in early 2021, Marigold Therapy. Marigold Therapy is based in Alice Springs and surrounding Aboriginal communities across Central Australia, supporting people across the lifespan with a range of mental health diagnoses, cognitive diagnoses and physical disabilities primarily through the NDIS.

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