Connections Summer 2021

Summer 2021

This is ot

This edition of Connections is focused on the theme of 'This is OT', celebrating the achievements, developments and reflections that are a part of OT Week, 2021. Including insights from members on what it means to be an OT. Inside the Summer 2021 edition you will find:

  • OT Week 2021 highlights
  • Student Careers Forum recap
  • Updates from OTA President and CEO
  • Update from WFOT

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Our Featured Contributors

Thank you to our featured contributors, including the below.

Harley Hayes

Harley Hayes is an occupational therapist and behaviour support practitioner at Everyday Independence. Harley is passionate about supporting people living with disabilities to reach their potential through creating enabled and accessible environments. Harley was recently awarded the: • 2019 Early Career Clinician of the Year – Australian Allied Health Awards • 2020 Rising Star – Victorian Rural Health Awards • 2020 City of Greater Bendigo Young Australian of the Year

Angela Berndt

Dr Angela Berndt Is a graduate of the UniSA / SAIT program, class of 1987. She is UniSA Occupational Therapy Program Director, recently Acting Dean of Allied Health, was past President of the Occupational Therapy Australia Board of Directors and was awarded the Honorary Life Membership of OTA in 2021.

Jessica Moretti

Jessica Moretti has been a practising occupational therapist for 14 years. She is working as an occupational therapist for JK Corporate Resourcing and Changing Ways Consulting. An F45 training tragic, South Sydney supporter and lover of true crime podcasts, Jess is kept on her toes by her wonderful children Ava and Alex. JK Corporate Resourcing is a member of ARPA in Queensland and NSW, providing workplace rehabilitation services to the injured worker community.

Adam Lo

Adam Lo has 19 years of experience as an occupational therapist and mental health clinician. He is the WFOT delegate for OTA and a board member. Adam works across the spectrum of mental healthcare from promotion to complex clinical care. He is a strong advocate for consumers and their families, and works hard to champion for the profession, with a keen interest to work collaboratively with fellow occupational therapists across the world.

Renelle Harrison

Renelle Harrison is an occupational therapist from Wagga Wagga, NSW. She uses the principles of her practice in clinical work, health writing and in forging strategic transdisciplinary partnerships to see occupational therapy take shape in new ways. Her interests are in paediatrics and ageing, public health and in implementing evidence into practice through effective knowledge translation.

Helen Linder

MACA is a registered charity dedicated to advancing the rights of children with disabilities and medical conditions to safe and accessible transport. Chief executive Helen Lindner has an early childhood and policy background, and has worked in road safety and the transport sector for a decade.

Karen Maurer

Karen Maurer is the founder of Capable Spaces, a community occupational therapy service in Newcastle, NSW, supporting people with progressive neurological conditions and spinal cord injuries to access assistive technology and home modifications. Capable Spaces offers practical solutions to maximise independence in everyday life, and online training for community occupational therapists.

Vicki Strelan

Vicki Strelan has worked as an occupational therapist, hand therapist and educator for more than 30 years. Based in Townsville, North Queensland, Vicki runs her private practice Arm to Palm Upper Limb Clinic and is actively involved in creating pathways for occupational and physiotherapists to become accredited hand therapists with the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

In 2021, there have been numerous challenges to the way OTs are able to work, but the value OTs have been able to provide to their communities has never been higher.

OT Week 2021 Highlights

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