Connections Spring 2021

Spring 2021

brighter futures

This edition of Connections is focused on the theme of 'Brighter Futures', how occupational therapy facilitates brighter futures for its clients, and how the profession itself is growing. Submissions were taken from a range of OTs, and included in this edition is:

  • OT Week 2021 Poster
  • 2021-23 Strategic Plan
  • More on the Reconciliation Action Plan
  • 2021 National Conference and Exhibition Recap

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Our Featured Contributors

Thank you to our featured contributors, including the below.

Laura Irvine-Brown, Rachelle Coe, Rosemary Signorelli

Laura Irvine-Brown, Rachelle Coe, Rosemary Signorelli are convenors of the Occupational Therapy Australia Refugee Settlement Interest Group and have a range of experience working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Seb Della Maddalena

Seb Della Maddalena is an occupational therapist and manager at Perth-based disability provider Mosaic. Seb has worked in the Western Australian disability sector for 15 years.

Lisa Copland

Lisa Copland is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She has worked across public and private settings and is now working in Queensland Health. Lisa is passionate about clinical outcomes that benefit all consumers, and led the telehealth project during Covid-19.

Dr Jessica Hill

Dr Jess Hill is an Associate Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland and has seven years’ experience working with children and adolescents in private practice. Jess has completed additional education in personal training to facilitate her understanding of how occupational therapists might be able to facilitate increased engagement in physical activity with clients to support their mental health and well-being.

Jan Erven

Jan is the Director of OTC and Chair OTC OQAC, the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (OTC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to ensure standards of education, training and assessment of occupational therapists are maintained and developed so the public is assured of safe and proper practice.

Toni Heinemann

Toni Heinemann is a Senior Occupational Therapist who works in stroke rehabilitation at Osborne Park Hospital in Perth. Toni has worked across multiple tertiary and secondary hospitals as a clinician across Perth and also completed her masters of public health. She is passionate about the crucial role Occupational Therapy plays in many of the hidden symptoms of stroke – (cognition, fatigue, perception) and how to provide evidence based care for stroke survivors returning to their valued important occupations in rehabilitation.

… members can expect OTA to represent the profession with strength and fortitude on issues that matter

Samantha Hunter


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