ACT Divisional Council

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.


Dr Stephen Isbel (Vice Chairperson)                 

Steve is Course Convenor for the Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. Prior to this he worked for many years in ACT Health mainly in Aged Care and Rehabilitation. He enjoys serving on the ACT Divisional Council, representing the local members at a national level and assisting the Council with CPD and social events throughout the year.


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.


Nina Birkl                 

Nina graduated from the University of Canberra with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Following graduation she gained employment in her chosen field within community services. Currently she is working with the YWCA as a part of the Supportive Tenancy Service providing advocacy and support to those at risk of homelessness. She aims to combine her skills gained through occupational therapy and community services with my love of the outdoors to provide dynamic programs that promote personally meaningful occupation.


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

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