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.
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.
Elizabeth McHugh graduated from UniSA in 2010. Her practice interest and background lays in adult mental health having worked across community services pre and post integrated teams and in psychosocial programs. She is currently working in the Older Persons Mental Health sector and loves working with older people specifically living in the community with complex comorbid psychiatric and aging related challenges including cognitive impairment. From this work she has a rapidly developing passion for dignity in risk in OT practice; exploring the ecology and advocacy for clients wishing to remain in the community.
Lisa Greene is an OT experienced in working across government, NGO and private sectors over the past 10 years. She has extensive experience working with youth and adult populations living with mental health and disability diagnoses. Lisa has a special interest in service development and is supporting the roll out of National 360 across South Australia and Western Australia.
As an Allied Health Regional Manager with extensive skills across private, government and NGO sectors Lisa has worked in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Most recently she has had responsibility for establishing the SA/WA branch for National 360, working primarily in the NDIS space. She has extensive experience in service development and operational oversight related to youth and adult mental health services holding numerous leadership roles in service implementation, marketing, clinical operations and personnel management.
Ellice Willcourt is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Flinders University in the Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science programs. She graduated in 2003 from James Cook University in North Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Ellice has spent most of her clinical career working in adult mental health services across adult services in crisis, community, inpatient, and community residential settings within Southern Adelaide and Central Queensland. Ellice has worked at Flinders University since 2012. She is currently course coordinator of the master’s program and completing a Master of Health and Clinical Research. Ellice looks forward to working with the OTA Association as a member of the SA Divisional Council to support the occupational therapy profession into the future.
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 OTs 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 for them to better be able to promote this message in our wider community.