Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019





Grounded in over 25 years of being an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom and Canada, Dr. Alison Gerlach’s research and scholarship aims to reveal, disrupt, and address issues of social injustice and health inequities that effect young children who experience intersecting, structural forms of marginalization. During much of her career, Alison has been privileged to have, and continues to be humbled by her relationships with Indigenous communities, families, organizations, and colleagues in Canada. These relationships have had a profound impact on her thinking and doing in relation to occupational therapy and occupational science.

Alison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her current program of interdisciplinary and community engaged research is grounded in relational knowledges and informed by critical theoretical perspectives and critical scholarship in the areas of health equity and disability studies. In taking a critical stance, Alison is committed to advancing the potential of rehabilitation, health care, and early intervention to disrupt the pathways which link children’s early experiences of structurally-rooted adversity with subsequent higher risks of health and social inequities. Alison is extremely honored to deliver a keynote speech at the 28th Occupational Therapy Australia national conference that will bring an equity lens to the conference theme of ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’.



Dr Natasha Lannin is an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy at Alfred Health (Melbourne) and La Trobe University, and Honorary Research Fellow at the John Walsh Institute for Rehabilitation Research at The University of Sydney and the Florey Neurosciences at The University of Melbourne. Working within the Alfred Health hospital network, she conducts clinical trials and translation research and works alongside clinician researchers to build the evidence-base underpinning occupational therapy and rehabilitation. She has published widely in leading journals such as Stroke, Journal of Epidemiology, and Clinical Rehabilitation, and has received competitive research grants from federal government (including NHMRC), state government (including the Transport Accident Commission) and philanthropic organisations (including the National Stroke Foundation). Natasha represents the profession on the Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, and currently holds a Heart Foundation Future Leader fellowship dedicated to improving the translation of research into stroke rehabilitation.


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