Occupational Therapy Board members

Dr Mary Russell

Dr Mary Russell

PhD, Grad Cert Public Health, MAppSc(OT), GDip Health Science (OT), BAppSc(OT)

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.

Dr Mary Russell is Chair and a practitioner member from South Australia.

Mrs Amanda Bladen

Mrs Amanda Bladen

Amanda Bladen is a highly motivated and experienced occupational therapist, demonstrating experience at a senior level with a strong commitment to the profession and healthcare service delivery. Amanda has actively contributed at board level to the occupational therapy profession for over a decade.

Since completing her degree in occupational therapy in 1981, Amanda has worked within health and community-based services. Amanda is currently the Senior Manager of Clinical Services at the Australian Community Support Organisation Inc. Amanda has extensive experience in the area of occupational therapy within the context of public health. For over 14 years she fulfilled roles as an Occupational Therapy Manager at Austin Health, originally being employed as the Chief Occupational Therapist in Mental Health. Prior to this, Amanda was employed as the Statewide Senior Occupational Therapist with the Statewide Forensic Health Service, at the Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry centre, for approximately six years.

Throughout her career Amanda has maintained a strong commitment to the provision of optimal client care; ethical and professional service delivery, staff development and support, including supervision and mentoring; student education and the development of evidence, based in practice and the development of quality based services.

Amanda Bladen is a practitioner member from Victoria.

Ms Julie Brayshaw

Ms Julie Brayshaw

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 occupational therapy operational management, is a representative on a range of internal and external committees and co-ordinates department research activities.

Julie Brayshaw is a practitioner member from Western Australia.

Mr James Carmichael

Mr James Carmichael

Jim Carmichael is a Senior Director with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the workplace health and safety regulator in Queensland. He has 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 Board member of the Occupational Therapists Board of Queensland in 1992 and has been the appointed chair of that Board since 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 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 Carmichael is Deputy Chair and a practitioner member from Queensland.

Mrs Louise Johnson

Mrs Louise Johnson

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, and has recently completed a Masters in Regulatory Studies through the Monash University Law faculty. Louise is a former Chairperson and current Council member of Women’s Health Victoria.

Louise Johnson is a community member from Victoria.

Dr Katherine Moore

Dr Katherine Moore

B.App.Sc.(Occ Therapy); M.App. Sc.(Occ Therapy); Doctorate in Health Services Management

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.

Dr Katherine Moore is a practitioner member from New South Wales.

Mrs Louisa O’Grady

Mrs Louisa O’Grady

G. Dipp. App. Fin. (Sec Inst)

Louisa O’Grady 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 O’Grady is a community member from South Australia.

Mrs Terina Saunders

Mrs Terina Saunders

Terina Saunders is an occupational therapist who has worked in Darwin for over 30 years. Since 1991 this has been in private practice as Senior Occupational Therapist and Director of Total Health & Rehab. Terina was awarded NT Telstra Business Woman of the year in 1999.

Terina has over 10 years of experience on the Northern Territory Occupational Therapy Board prior to her appointment to the national board in July 2011. She has been a member of the Occupational Therapy Council since 2007 ( formerly COTRB) and has been involved in the assessment of overseas trained occupational therapists and accrediting 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 Saunders is a practitioner member from the Northern Territory.

Mr Andrew Taylor

Mr Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor received a Bachelor of Theology in 1997 and a Bachelor of Laws with honours in 2000. He has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland since 2001 and has been in private practice since.

Since 2004 he has been a legal member of the Occupational Therapy Board of Queensland having the pleasure of serving the occupational therapy profession in this capacity.

Andrew specialises in contract drafting, contract advice and legislative interpretation. He acquired Toogoods Lawyers in April 2006. As a firm it has provided continuous legal services since 1986. Since 2003 Andrew has provided legal and commercial strategic advice to the Board of Montserrat Day Hospitals. His previous roles also include Director of two autism service provider organisations, F.A.N. Worldwide Limited (Fund Autism Now) and the AEIOU Foundation. Andrew was also previously Director of the Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics. He has authored many published articles on wide-ranging topics, such as aged-care and clinical governance, to access to assisted reproductive technology.

Andrew Taylor is a community member from Queensland.