VIC Divisional Council

The Occupational Therapy Australia Victorian Divisional Council represents the interests and provides advice to support the members affiliated with the Division.   

The Council comprises OTA members from across the state 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 Tasmanian Divisional Council members, please contact us at OTA and we will be happy to forward your information to Council and/or Divisional Manager. 

Chairperson

Brynn Lewin

Occupational Therapy Department Manager and NDIS Transition Lead, Austin Health

Members

Assoc Prof Genevieve Pepin

Genevieve is the Discipline Lead of the Occupational Therapy courses at Deakin University. Genevieve is passionate about mental health and has always worked in this area of practice. Her expertise is in mental health practice, research and education, occupational therapy models of practice, especially the Model of Human Occupation, and eating disorders. She is interested in supporting carers and siblings of people with an eating disorder and innovative eating disorders interventions.

Alex Hillman

Alex is passionate about the role of OT in mental health, and has worked across varied mental health settings in Victoria including inpatient, residential, community, eating disorders services and private practice. Alex is currently the Chief Occupational Therapist at Inner West Area Mental Health Service. 

Rachel Knight

Rachel is an occupational therapist with expertise in mental health. She has worked in various positions across the mental health sector in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and has a particular interest in eating disorders. She is currently employed in two roles, as the Occupational Therapy Advisor at North Western Mental Health and an academic role at Deakin University.

She has been involved in leading service transformation, driving culture change and building workforce capability. Rachel is a systems thinker and has a particular interest in how the structure of health services impacts on a person’s ability to receive the right treatment at the right time. Currently, Rachel is completing her PhD exploring the acceptability of an integrated approach to eating disorders service delivery in Victoria.

Catherine Sambell

Catherine completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Latrobe University and her Master of Clinical Leadership at the University of Tasmania. She owns a rural based private practice, which specialises in the disability and aged care fields. Her vision is for local therapists helping local people in their own communities, and providing opportunities for connection, belonging, and participation. She also works as a Disability Liaison Officer at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.

Her clinical interests include rural health, assistive technology, home modifications and chronic pain.

Catherine joined the Divisional Council to contribute to the profession, and to provide a rural perspective to the work being undertaken.

Janice McKeever

Workforce Development and Innovation Lead Occupational Therapy Austin Health

Janice has a strong management background and over 15 years of clinical experience. Her interests include leadership development & high performing work practices for the occupational therapy and allied health sector.

Sarah Baker

Spending the past 20 years living and working in regional locations, Sarah Baker has a passion for rural health. She is currently the Chief Occupational Therapist at Western District Health Service, located in the regional town of Hamilton, Victoria, and prior to this worked in the private sector in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention. Such experiences, in addition to work in Community, Rehabilitation and Acute care settings have enabled Sarah to provide specialized Occupational Therapy Services and support to address a broad variety of clinical and client needs.

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