ACT Divisional Council

Occupational Therapy Australia is pleased to announce that nominations of members who ordinarily reside in Australian Capital Territory are sought for members of the Divisional Council, ACT. The term of office is two years. There are four Divisional Council positions available in ACT.

Do you have:

  • a keen interest and knowledge of the Occupational Therapy profession;
  • a commitment to improving the practice of occupational therapy
  • the ability to provide input on a wide variety of matters affecting the profession, both at a local and national level.

As Australia's professional association for occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) fosters evidence-based practice, enables lifelong learning and promotes the future of occupational therapy. OTA exists to support occupational therapists to support their community. OTA is seeking a passionate, engaged, strategic thinkers in our community who want to enhance their career and make a positive difference in and to their profession.

Members who are interested in becoming part of the Australian Capital Territory Divisional Council are encouraged to review the Occupational Therapy Australia Constitution and By laws which guide the business and operations of OTA and the Divisional Councils (available here) Please discuss any queries they may have with the Divisional Council Chair in the first instance. In order to facilitate this, you are encouraged to send an email to the Divisional Manager ( outlining the questions that you have and your preferred method of contact from the Divisional Council Chair.

The Chair will provide background to issues raised and discussed during their tenure as Chair and the commitment required to Council as well as the expected benefits members can gain from being a Councillor.

The Divisional Manager will provide nominees with information about the focus of recent Divisional Council meetings and can advise administrative details including meeting frequency and duration.

Submit your nomination by 2 April, 2020 through the online form here.

Jennifer Lochard (Chairperson)

Jennifer is currently working as a Principal Advisor Return to Work and Rehabilitation in the ACT Injury Management team. Previously she worked in ACT Health supporting inter-professional collaborative practice and in a senior OT advisor role Central and Northern Queensland with the Education Department. With adventure and learning in mind she worked overseas for 13 years as an OT in Sweden and Saudi Arabia in community based teams. Jennifer is always amazed how versatile and creative OT’s are around the world and feel empowered by seeing the core beliefs and practices of OT's with people to reach their goals and dreams.


Leanne Broad                 

Leanne has worked in a variety of hospital and community based positions in NSW and the ACT and is currently working at Housing ACT. Areas of interest for Leanne include aged care, vision impairment, access to public spaces and environmental modifications.


Asimina Peristeri​​​​                 

Asimina has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including with people in community based occupational rehabilitation and general rehabilitation, prescribed home modifications, specialist aids and equipment. Asimina has an interest in health policy, especially as it relates to community services. She has been employed by the Commonwealth Government in policy and program management positions with Comcare, (Commonwealth Government’s worker’s compensation insurer), the National Health and Medical Research Council as manager in the area developing evidence based health clinical guidelines, the Commonwealth Government’s Office for Women, and the Commonwealth and ACT Departments of Health in primary health policy areas.


Alison Hartigan                 

Alison is an Occupational Therapist, a Navy veteran, a Mum of three and a member the ACT Divisional Council. She completed the Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra as a mature age student. Alison is employed by Open Arms (Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service) in a mental health role. Initially she joined the Divisional Council as a student and continues to enjoy being part of the council to connect with and support the ACT Occupational Therapy community. She has a passion for supporting people to overcome barriers, to support participation, and improve their capacity to achieve their goals and live their best life.


For further information or to contact a member of the Divisional Council, please contact OTA.

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