Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019

It is a privilege to be holding the Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019 on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and pay respects to Elders, past and present. We also recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' diverse language groups, kinship structures and cultures. In the spirit of reconciliation, we are committed to growing stronger partnerships and working respectfully with all knowledge systems, to promote health and wellbeing through occupations for all Australians.

The theme for the 2019 National Conference and Exhibition is “Together towards tomorrow”. The theme is designed to reflect the dynamic nature of contemporary occupational therapy practice.

“Together” focuses attention to the many ways in which occupational therapists work together and partner with consumers, communities and colleagues to support optimal occupational performance, health and well-being. Partnerships take on a multitude of different forms, including: working together to grow a resilient and skillful workforce; working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support self-determination; working with consumers and communities to co-design innovative solutions to emerging challenges in a range of contexts; working in cross-disciplinary teams for practice, entrepreneurship, education, and research; and many more.

“Towards tomorrow” encourages us to be forward looking. The future brings a range of opportunities, but also challenges. How can we best respond to the changing needs of the populations we work with, how do we practise most effectively in changing contexts and how can we grow the collective impact of occupational therapy? In looking towards the future, we must also reflect on and learn from our past.

Join us at the Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019 to share, learn and work… “together towards tomorrow.”

Conference Management Committee and Conference Scientific Program Committee
Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019



  • Mandy Stanley

    Conference Convenor

  • Justin Scanlan

    Conference Scientific Program Chair

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    Samantha Hunter

    Occupational Therapy Australia Chief Executive Officer

  • Lindsay Vernon

    Occupational Therapy Australia National Adviser: Learning & Professional Development

  • Danni Hocking

    Board Representative

  • Courtenay Harris

    ANZCOTE Representative

  • Chontel Gibson

    National Representative

  • Eliza Bambridge

    Local Representative

  • Nataya Branjerdporn

    New Graduate Representative


  • Dr Justin Scanlan

    University of Sydney, Conference Scientific Program Chair

  • Dr Samantha Ashby

    University of Newcastle

  • Grace Branjerdporn

    University of Queensland

  • Associate Professor Reinie Cordier

    Curtin University

  • Priscilla Ennals

    La Trobe University

  • Dr Nerida Hyett

    La Trobe University

  • Laura Joliffe

    La Trobe University

  • Associate Professor Karen Liu

    Western Sydney University

  • Dr Meryl Lovarini

    The University of Sydney

  • Rachael McDonald

    Swinburne University of Technology

  • Dr Carol McKinstry

    La Trobe University

  • Melissa Nott

    Charles Sturt University

  • Tamara Tse

    La Trobe University

  • Kylie Wales

    University of Newcastle

  • Dr Shelley Wright

    University of South Australia


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    Rebecca Meyer

    National Manager, Conference Events and Business Development

  • Alison Armstead

    Conference Events Manager

  • Brigitte Kelly

    Conference Events Manager

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    Jenny Lanigan

    Conference Events Manager

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