Nicole Shaw, Chair
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mel is a mother of six and grandmother of four who completed her degree as a mature aged 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.
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.
Stephanie is a recent Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) graduate, completing her degree in 2022. At Deakin, Stephanie studied under the Vice Chancellor’s Professional Excellence program and was a student member of the Occupational Therapy Advisory Board. For her Honours project, Stephanie produced a thesis titled Inclusion in sport and recreation: Perceptions of people with disabilities and their supporters.
Stephanie has previously worked as a support worker and paediatric allied health assistant. She currently works as a graduate occupational therapist in a multidisciplinary clinic in regional Victoria. In this role, Stephanie will build her skills across numerous occupational therapy roles, including home modifications, assistive technology, and mental health care. She hopes to pursue work with individuals with mental illness and is particularly interested in forensic mental health care, an area in which she hopes to work or research in the future.
Lynne was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. She is married and has one son. Lynne has spoken to Deakin’s fourth-year occupational therapy students for the past 10 years about Assistive Technology Equipment, sharing how and why she uses this equipment.
Lynne is also a member of V/Line’s Accessible Reference Group, discussing ways to make trains/trams more accessible, and is part of the community for the annual VALID Conference, held annually at Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront Campus. VALID is for people with disabilities and the public to see what is around in the disability sector. Lynne is often asked to appear at functions as a motivational speaker. Her motto is ‘there is no such word as can't’.