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Occupational Therapy Advisory Board

Our Occupational Therapy Advisory Board brings together experienced industry members with Deakin representatives. The board consults on teaching and research directions, ensuring our student experience involves practical learning and is applicable to real world occupational therapy settings.

Industry members

Associate Professor Lynne Adamson (Chair)

Lynne held the position of Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy with Deakin University between December 2004 and December 2020. During that time, she held several roles, including Course Director for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning, Chair, Academic Progress Committee and member, Faculty Admissions and Advanced Standing Committee. Prior to joining Deakin, Lynne held senior academic appointments at the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University.

In addition to her academic experience, Lynne has experience as a practitioner in diverse clinical roles including general medicine, neurology, mental health, rehabilitation and health services research and management. Lynne also has had many roles within the occupational therapy profession including a state council member, Australia’s delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and is currently the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd).

Ms Victoria Leckey

Occupational Therapist, TAC

Victoria graduated as an occupational therapist from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1984 and has worked as an occupational therapist in Neurological and Multi-trauma rehabilitation over the ensuing 35 years, with a particular interest in traumatic brain injury.

Victoria has practised at leading rehabilitation facilities in Australia and overseas, including Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre in Oxford, England, where she was involved in published clinical research on the reliability of The Barthel ADL Index. Victoria completed a Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences through La Trobe University in 1994, has held senior clinician roles within specialist rehabilitation facilities and has been involved in developing and delivering continuing education programs for clinicians working in the area of community rehabilitation.

In addition to providing clinical services to community-based clients, Victoria is a Clinical Consultant Occupational Therapist with TAC and WorkSafe and has a particular interest in achieving robust and sustainable independence and quality of life outcomes for severely injured clients and their families.

Michael Henry

Occupational Therapist, La Trobe Community Health Services

Michael Henry has been a member of the Deakin Occupational Therapy Advisory Board since his transition from student years into professional life in 2014/15. He has worked in various different occupational therapy roles including acute and sub-acute, physical and occupational rehabilitation, hand therapy, paediatrics, and the NDIS. He has also worked as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom.

Michael is currently an occupational therapist and practice director at Bright Eyes Therapy, a NDIS provider in Victoria. In addition to his participation on the advisory board, Michael has supervised honours students at Deakin, assisting students with their growth, placement experiences, learning and development by helping them identify what is meaningful and important to them, whilst supporting the teaching team.

Ms Nicole Shaw

Nicole Shaw is an occupational therapist and the Interprofessional Education Coordinator for the Clinical and Education and Training team at Barwon Health. This position is an organisation-wide position tasked with introducing, developing and facilitating interprofessional education as a means to improve interprofessional collaboration across Barwon Health.

Nicole holds a lecturing position at Deakin University with the Interprofessional Education (IPE) teaching team where IPE is delivered to the faculty of health. Previously Nicole has held positions as the Acting Manager of Occupational Therapy at Barwon Health, and Student Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Department at Barwon Health. Clinically Nicole worked as an occupational therapist in home-based rehabilitation teams and neurological rehabilitation.

Ms Helen Nelson

Helen has had over 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist, predominantly in the public health system and is currently working as a Grade 4 Occupational Therapist at Western Health, a large multi-site metropolitan health service located in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

With a Master of Health Science (Education), Helen has a strong interest in occupational therapy student and staff education, competencies and professional development. She is currently the Occupational Therapy Student Coordinator role at Western Health.

Ms Mel O'Keefe

Mel is a mother of six and grandmother of four who completed her degree as a mature -ged student. She began her career as a generalist occupational therapist working with NDIS participants, and is now working at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool assisting those who face challenges with their mental health.

Her interests include emotional regulation and sensory modulation to increase engagement in meaningful roles and activities.

Mr Reece Dumbell

Reece is a Jupagalk Minang man, the Co-Founder, and Managing Director of Cameron Wellness Centre a progressive and bespoke NDIS registered therapeutic provider offering Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology focusing on delivering best practice services to not only the indigenous community but all Australians.

Reece spent 11 years working in the manufacturing industry before transitioning to the health and fitness space where he has owned and managed fitness facilities for 15 years.

A member of differing First Nations business groups Reece has a real passion for empowering and giving mob every opportunity to succeed.

Ms Erin Paradisis

Deakin members

Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin, Discipline Lead, Occupational Therapy, HDR Coordinator

Professor Jenny Watts, Head of School, Health and Social Development

Valerie Watchorn, Course Director, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor Kirk Reed, Course Director, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Student representatives

Ms Stephanie Sorraghan

Ms Mae Williamson

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