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Welcome OTA New Team Members

We are excited to announce that three new faces are joining the OTA team! Elise Halloran, Miriam Hobson and Eddie Ripard will be your new managers supporting members in VIC/TAS, SA/NT and NSW/ACT respectively.

Elise Halloran

Elise has come from a strong financial services background, with both software and association experience. She spent 7 years delving into self-managed superannuation software capabilities, followed by Membership and Business Development Manager for an accounting peak body.

Her most recent experience is within a private occupational therapy company. Her fields of expertise are around Business Development, Relationship Management and Membership. Working within the Allied Health Sector has become a strong passion and interest.

Elise prides herself on building and maintaining relationships with members by maintaining a high level of outreach and engagement to maintain a solid understanding of member needs and required actions.

Elise looks forward to meeting members and industry professionals at networking events. She will be based in our Victorian office in Fitzroy and please feel free to reach out at any time via elise.halloran@otaus.com.au

Miriam Hobson

Miriam Hobson is an allied health qualified professional with over 15 years’ experience ranging from clinical practice, through project delivery and more recently in developing continuing education programs, social policy campaigns and member services.

Miriam’s qualifications include a double Bachelor of sociology and contemporary politics, a post-graduate Bachelor of social administration and post-graduate Diploma of people management. Her experience in the allied health space started in London in the 1990’s working in a range of allied health settings including hospitals, community emergency response teams and local government project teams. During this period, she provided case management for clients from early intervention child protection through to long-stay geriatric chronic-care hospital discharge management.

Her capacity in cultivating member capacity through stakeholder engagement and campaign management is well proven. Miriam’s knowledge of the processes and governance frameworks of membership based organisations comes from over 5 years leading regional programs within nationally embedded frameworks.

Miriam’s achievements include establishing inaugural stakeholder partnerships to recognize best standard clinical practice throughout South Australia, coordination of specialist practice symposiums, targeted social policy campaigns - resulting in legislative papers - and career development workshop facilitation. Her practice approach is underpinned by recognition of the importance of close collaboration with professional advisory groups and a drive towards best practice methodology. Her ongoing specialist interest is sustainable organisational development.

Eddie Ripard

Eddie Ripard has considerable experience in member organisations across a number of sectors and industries, including managers, veterinarians, accountants and marketers.

Eddie says ‘My philosophy is simple, an engaged member is a retained member, so I look forward to meeting many members over coming weeks and months and ensuring your voice, opinion and feedback (good or bad) is heard.’

He's also keen to hear from members about the services and benefits they want from their professional association, that allows him to work with his colleagues to create and further member services and benefits.

On a personal note, Eddie's daughter is finishing her HSC this year and is considering becoming an OT, so he has a level of personal interest in his job too!

If you have any burning issues that you want to raise, please contact Eddia via eddie.ripard@otaus.com.au 

Eddie hopes to meet many NSW and ACT members at the forthcoming national conference in July at the ICC in Sydney.

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