Dr Mary Russell
PhD, Grad Cert Public Health, MAppSc(OT), GDip Health Science (OT), BAppSc(OT)
Chair and practitioner member from South Australia
Dr Mary Russell is an occupational therapy educator and researcher who completed her PhD as an NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Scholar. Her clinical background spans acute hospital, rehabilitation and community settings and she has worked in private practice in vocational rehabilitation. She has consulted to government on implementation of chronic health condition management strategies and hospital demand management.
In July 2011 Mary was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. She served as a member of the Occupational Therapy Board of South Australia from 1993–2001 and again from 2007. She was the Presiding Member of the Occupational Therapy Board of South Australia from 2009.
Mary was a member of the Occupational Therapy Council (Aust & NZ) from 2009–2011 and Deputy Chair from 2010–2011. During this time she was also a member of the Overseas Qualification Assessment Committee and chaired the Academic Review Committee. In 2010 she led a review of the assessment processes used by the Occupational Therapy Council (Aust & NZ) for overseas qualified occupational therapists.
Mary was reappointed as Chair of the National Board in July 2014 for a second term.
Ms Julie Brayshaw
Practitioner member from Western Australia
Julie Brayshaw is the Occupational Therapy Campus Co-ordinator at Royal Perth Hospital, Shenton Park Campus (Rehabilitation), in Western Australia. She graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science Occupational Therapy in 1989, and subsequently completed a Master of Science Occupational Therapy (Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation) in 2003.
Julie has worked for more than 20 years as an occupational therapist in the health and disability sectors in rural and remote, overseas (UK and Canada) and metropolitan settings. This has included working as an occupational therapist in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia, and in the metropolitan occupational therapy departments of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital.
Julie is involved in the operational and strategic management of occupational therapy services, is a Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Master Trainer, actively contributes to a range of state and national committees, and co-ordinates department research activities.
Julie was appointed to the National Board in July 2011 and was reappointed in July 2014 for a second term.
Mr James Carmichael
Practitioner member from Queensland
Jim Carmichael is Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Division at The University of Queensland (UQ). He has responsibility for general occupational health and safety, radiation safety, biological safety and compliance regimes for the genetically modified organism and quarantine regimes at UQ. He also oversees UQ's workers' compensation self-insurance system. Prior to this, he was a Senior Director with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the workplace health and safety regulator in Queensland. Here, he had responsibility for the operational areas of the organisation, including the inspectorate, workforce capability/development, engineering, occupational hygiene, major hazard facilities, coronial support and licensing functions.
Jim graduated from The University of Queensland in 1987 and has postgraduate qualifications in occupational health and safety as well as health science. He has occupational therapy experience in industrial rehabilitation, ergonomics, risk management and occupational health and safety.
Jim was appointed as a member of the Occupational Therapists Board of Queensland in 1992 and was appointed chair of that Board in July 2004. Jim was elected the national President of the Ergonomics Society of Australia between 2000 and 2002. He was awarded that Society’s President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Society in 1998, largely for his work in developing the competency-based standards for ergonomists in Australia and New Zealand. He has also been a member of the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) since 2004, and chair of this body between January 2009 and September 2011.
Jim was appointed to the National Board in July 2011 and was reappointed in July 2014 for a second term.
Mrs Louise Johnson
Community member from Victoria
As Chief Executive Officer for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (previously the Infertility Treatment Authority) since 2005, Louise is involved in administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. This includes: conducting public education about assisted reproductive treatment, the health and welfare of children born as a result of treatment and research into the causes and prevention of infertility; administration of a registration system; monitoring infertility research and the use of assisted reproductive treatment within and outside of Victoria; and approval of the import or export of donor eggs, sperm or embryos containing donor eggs or sperm into or out of Victoria.
Louise has over 20 years of management experience in the health sector, including seven years as Executive Officer for OT Australia Victoria. Louise has used the services of paediatric occupational therapists extensively for her own children, and worked with organisations involved in occupational rehabilitation to provide marketing and return to work services.
Louise has a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Diploma in Management, Masters in Regulatory Studies and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Louise is a former Chair of Women’s Health Victoria and a current member of the NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee.
Louise was appointed to the National Board in May 2012.
Ms Kate MacRae
Practitioner member from Victoria
Kate MacRae is Advisor to Chief Executive Affairs at Monash Health – the largest public health organisation in Victoria. Prior to this Kate was the General Manager of Monash Health Community, a program that encompasses non bed-based clinical services provided by an Allied Health, Nursing and Medical workforce.
Kate has worked in private, not-for-profit and recently public health systems. Her clinical expertise has spanned three separate careers commencing in neurology, then changing to psychiatry and vocational rehabilitation for disadvantaged clients, before moving into health management.
She is strongly aligned to a social model of health and is particularly interested in how population health is interpreted and facilitated within public health systems. She promotes work that embeds interdisciplinary evidence-based care across care continuums and supports seamless transitions of care within the patient journey.
Kate was appointed to the National Board in July 2014.
Ms Roxane Marcelle-Shaw
Community member from New South Wales
Roxane Marcelle-Shaw has a keen professional and personal interest in the delivery of effective regulatory arrangements, and in the protection of the public in the delivery of health services. Her professional background is in the statutory regulation of health privacy, health professions and human rights as well as the quality and safety of service delivery in the health, disability, aged care, housing and community sectors. She has worked in a variety of statutory agencies in Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in senior roles involving standard setting, performance assessment, complaint handling, investigation, community engagement and service improvement functions. Roxane has also held positions on the governing bodies of community legal services and not-for-profit support services.
Roxane holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, Juris Doctor, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and recently completed an International Human Rights Law Summer School at the University of Oxford.
Through her experience as a person with a disability, as a health services and occupational therapy user and from her engagement with consumer advocacy organisations, Roxane brings a good understanding of the health issues and service needs of communities.
Roxane was appointed to the National Board in July 2014.
Dr Katherine Moore
B.App.Sc.(Occ Therapy); M.App. Sc.(Occ Therapy); Doctorate in Health Services Management
Practitioner member from New South Wales
Dr Katherine Moore is the Director of Clinical Governance in the Sydney Local Health District. She has held a number of roles within the profession of occupational therapy including president of the NSW Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the university accreditation panel, and as a previous member of the overseas qualifications assessment committee.
Katherine has worked as an occupational therapist in aged care rehabilitation, and has managed occupational therapy departments in acute and subacute settings. She has also been a Director of Allied Health and a Community Health Director in the former Sydney South West Area Health Service. Katherine has been a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) since 2002 and has a particular interest in quality and safety in healthcare.
Katherine was appointed to the National Board in July 2011 and was reappointed in July 2014 for a second term.
Ms Louisa Scott
G. Dipp. App. Fin. (Sec Inst)
Community member from South Australia
Louisa Scott has a background in management, research, marketing, corporate relations and investor education, with roles working for the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and a major South Australian stockbroking firm, Day Cutten Sharebrokers (now Macquarie Private Wealth). It was in her capacity as an Assistant National Manager at ASX that she was nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. Her postgraduate qualifications are in Finance and Investment, with primary qualifications in Psychology and English.
From 1999 to 2005 Louisa served on the Occupational Therapists Registration Board of South Australia. She has also served on the Board of Advice for two financial planning businesses.
Louisa was appointed to the National Board in July 2011 and was reappointed in July 2014 for a second term.
Mrs Terina Saunders
Practitioner member from the Northern Territory
Terina Saunders is an occupational therapist who has worked in Darwin for more than 30 years. Since 1991 this has been in private practice as Senior Occupational Therapist and Director of Total Health & Rehab. In recognition of her achievements in business, Terina was awarded Northern Territory Telstra Business Woman of the year in 1999.
In March 2014 the practice was acquired by IPAR Rehabilitation, a leading national vocational rehabilitation provider, and Terina continues in the role of Darwin Branch Manager.
Prior to the National Scheme, Terina had more than 10 years experience on the Northern Territory Occupational Therapy Board. She was a member of the Occupational Therapy Council from 2007–2011 (formerly COTRB) and was involved in the assessment of overseas trained occupational therapists and accreditation of Australian occupational therapy training programs.
Terina has been active in professional association activities throughout her career and maintains a key interest in furthering the aims and aspirations of occupational therapists through practical involvement with students and mentoring colleagues.
Terina was appointed to the National Board in July 2011 and was reappointed in July 2014 for a second term.