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Occupational Therapy Board members

Rebecca Singh - Occupational Therapy Board Member

Ms Rebecca Singh

Chair and practitioner member from South Australia

  • B.App.Sc (Occ Therapy), Grad Cert Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation, GAICD

Ms Rebecca Singh is a Director of Praktis Allied Health a private allied health practice in Adelaide. Prior to this she was the Director of the Integrum program at the Royal District Nursing Service in South Australia which provided support to people with complex chronic condition management at risk of hospital admission. She was also the Director Services at the Lifetime Support Authority which supports people who have sustained catastrophic injuries in vehicle accidents.

Ms Singh graduated from the University of South Australia in 1997 and has postgraduate qualifications as an occupational therapy driver assessor. Her main experiences within occupational therapy are in adult physical and cognitive rehabilitation, acute services and driving, as well as leadership experience on professional and community committees.

Ms Singh has long been committed to promoting the profession and enhancing the quality and safety of the services provided.

Kate Andrews, Practitioner member for OTBA

Ms Kate Andrews

Practitioner Member from Victoria.

  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy, Masters Biomedical Science (Occupational Therapy)

Ms Kate Andrews has 22 years of sector leadership and clinical experience in clinical and community mental health services within a Victorian context. Kate completed her masters by research in 2016 investigating "Pension-level Supported Residential Services and their influence in Occupational Participation and recovery of residents with mental illness". Kate is currently the Principal Clinical Advisor in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division in the Victorian Department of Health. The primary purpose of this role is to facilitate the design, implementation and evaluation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission through a clinical and operational lens.

Kate is passionate about building and supporting service cultures and environments that are psychologically safe and affirming as this fosters innovation and high-quality care.

Darryl Annett

Mr Darryl Annett

Community member from Victoria

  • Qualifications: B.Juris, LL.B, AAICD

Mr Darryl Annett has had a diverse and successful legal career in the private and public sectors, as well as in Not For Profit Social Enterprise legal practice. His career has tended to focus on criminal law, including senior roles with the Office of Public Prosecutions, and criminal advocacy and a management role with Robert Stary and Associates, one of Victoria's preeminent criminal defence practices.

Mr Annett has a strong commitment to social justice, nine years ago launching the Urban Justice Centre, a legal support service integrated into a suite of health and social support services in the Melbourne CBD for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, the marginalized, those with a mental illness and people displaced and dispossessed.

Jennifer Morris

Ms Jen Morris

Community member from Victoria

  • B.A, B.S, GradDip

Ms Jen Morris is a member of the Safer Care Victoria Academy, and an academic staff member within the Law and Public Health Unit at the University of Melbourne School for Population and Global Health. Ms Morris is also an award-winning debate adjudicator and member of the Debaters Association of Victoria, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne Law School and Deakin University Medical School.

Ms Morris has substantial experience working in the health and disability sectors, with a focus on governance, service improvement, quality and safety. Ms Morris is a member of the Victorian Clinical Council, and holds consumer representative positions with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner. She has been a member of advisory and decision-making bodies within health services, professional organisations, educational institutions, regulatory bodies and government. She is also a former member of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service Board of Management.

Ms Morris holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University.

Claire Pearce

Dr Claire Pearce (PhD)

Practitioner member from the Australian Capital Territory

  • Qualifications: B.App.Sc.(Occ Therapy), M.Sc.(Health Science), PhD

Dr Claire Pearce is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. Claire has extensive experience as an occupational therapist having worked in adult acute and rehabilitation services in Australia and the UK. She also has experience as a multidisciplinary team manager and has undertaken health service evaluation, development and project policy roles. Prior to taking up her role at UC, Claire was the Director of Allied Health for the Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol & Drug Services and Profession Lead for Occupational Therapy for Canberra Health Services. Claire was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2020.

Justin Scanlan

Associate Professor Justin Scanlan

Practitioner member from New South Wales

  • BOccThy, GDipMentalHlthSc, GCertEdStud, MHM, PhD

Associate Professor Justin Scanlan is a senior lecturer and Course Director for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at The University of Sydney. His research focuses on occupational therapy practice in mental health as well as workforce issues for occupational therapists and the mental health workforce more broadly. Dr Scanlan is the co-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Mental Health Academics (ANZOTMHA) network.

From 2007 to 2016, Associate Professor Scanlan was Professional Senior for Occupational Therapy at the mental health service of Sydney Local Health District. Since leaving that role, he has retained a connection with the local health district and supports allied health staff to design and complete clinically-based research.

Associate Professor Scanlan has worked in a variety of clinical positions in community and inpatient mental health services.

Angela Thynne

Ms Angela Thynne

Practitioner member from Queensland

  • Qualifications: BOcc.Thy. (Hon)

Ms Angela Thynne is the Director of Scar Care, an occupational therapy private practice for scarring and oedema, with her main clinical interests in the area of post traumatic, surgical and burns rehabilitation. She is a credentialed private practitioner to the Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and is a clinical lecturer in scar and oedema management at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons.) in 1990.

Ms Thynne is a past president of OT-Australia Qld; past Board member of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association; and past Board member of the Occupational Therapists Board of Queensland. She has acted as a professional advisor to both the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. She is the co-coordinator and a course director of the Burns Rehabilitation Course of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association.

Page reviewed 3/03/2015