SA Divisional Council
The role of the South Australian 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 SA 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 SA 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.
Hello, my name is Elizabeth McHugh. I am very excited to be joining and chairing the OT SA Divisional Council for the next 2yrs to continue to build up the valuable work of previous council members to explore, collaborate, articulate and advocate around contemporary practice issues facing the profession in the changing es. I see my role as being one to facilitate bridging the voices of therapists at the coal face through the Divisional Council and association to be heard at the table of the decision makers through strong lobbying and practice-based evidence.
To share a bit about me; I graduated from UniSA in 2010. My practice interest and background lays in adult mental health having worked across community services pre and post integrated teams and in psychosocial programs. I am currently working in the Older Persons Mental Health sector and love working with older people specifically living in the community with complex comorbid psychiatric and aging related challenges including cognitive impairment. From this work I have a rapidly developing passion for dignity in risk in OT practice; exploring the ecology and advocacy for clients wishing to remain in the community. In my spare time; I love to cook and share a table with my nearest and dearest, sometimes this is just with my greyhound Freya! I am currently working on ‘Mastering the Art of Weekending’ – my own activity scheduling program to spend more time exploring our great city and regions and doing things that make me smile and feed the soul on weekends…the housework can wait.
Susan Gilbert Hunt is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of South Australia. She has a strong commitment to education and learning through practice based or clinical placement opportunities. The Association has so much to offer students and new graduates and over the next two years she hopes to develop closer links with this cohort to inform some of the activities the Association offers.
I have worked as an OT in South Australia since 1984. I completed a Masters of Health Science degree in OT in 1999. Since 1988 I have worked in the area of pain management and return to work services. I have worked in private practise in this area at the Complex Injury Group (formerly the Memorial Hospital Pain Unit) since 1991. Since 2003 I have also provided activities of daily living assessment services for medico-legal purposes. I completed the OT Driver Assessment course in 2004 and have done driver assessments regularly since that time. I was the recipient of the Les Brazier Research Award in 2014, undertaking research in evaluating the effectiveness of Graded Activity Programs for people with chronic pain.
I hope to bring to council experience of working as an OT in the private sector, and of being self-employed, with all the benefits and problems that go along with this, including negotiating with insurers and regulated bodies. I look forward to learning about how the council works and hope that I can make a valuable contribution.
I have worked nationally and internationally in acute, inpatient and community rehabilitation. I am now Acting Head of the OT discipline at Flinders University and work clinically in the driving clinic at Repatriation General Hospital My specific goal for the Association is to support the profession to take advantage of the opportunities brought about from the policy changes across all sectors of practice.
Sarah McMullen-Roach is a UniSA lecturer in the occupational therapy program and has experience in a range of practice areas including adult neurology, healthcare management, aged care, complex injury management, acute care, vocational rehabilitation and seating and postural management. Sarah has spent a significant portion of her career working in New Zealand and has developed competence in the delivery of culturally adaptive Occupational Therapy. During her time in New Zealand, Sarah was able to develop models of practice that supported the implementation of Occupational Therapists in the emergency setting to promote holistic health outcomes and reduced length of hospital stay.
She is a strong advocate for the practical application of Occupational Therapy Models of Practice to enable a holistic and occupationally focused perspective in health.
My name is Hannah and I completed the Bachelor of Health Science/Principles of OT at Flinders in 2019 and am transitioning into the Master of Occupational Therapy in 2020. I have recently become a course representative within my university and look forward to providing a student perspective from Flinders to the SA Divisional Council. I love that OT’s are trained to problem solve with optimism to find solutions to barriers or challenges that clients may be facing, providing hope whilst also facilitating growth. I also love how diverse our profession is and I hope that through this role I may be able to learn more about what it means to be an OT. I would also like to improve students understanding of OT in order for them to better be able to promote this message in our wider community.