Our Reference Group

The Reference Group has been developed in order to provide online support to health professionals and health services in the Pacific Islands and all of our partner organisations. Participants are Australian and New Zealand based professionals who support our work by providing voluntary, expert advice in a range of speciality areas.

Find out how you can join our Reference Group and volunteer your experience.

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Andrew Congdon

Andrew Congdon is an Occupational Therapist with over 15 years’ experience working in the field of wheelchairs, seating and assistive technology. He has worked in a number of different urban, rural and remote settings in Australia and has provided voluntary…
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CTRG member Natasha Layton

Dr Natasha Layton

Natasha Layton is an occupational therapist practicing, researching and teaching in the areas of assistive technology, disability, and outcomes. Natasha is currently senior research fellow with the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre at Monash University, and a researcher…
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Camille Mewett

Camille is a Physiotherapist with over 10 years experience primarily in the disability sector; the past 7 years working in paediatric disability, currently within the education system at a special developmental school in Victoria. She previously lived and worked in…
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Michelle Ishack

Michelle is an Occupational Therapist who has been practicing in Montreal, Canada for more than 10 years. She has chosen to specialise in seating & mobility over the past 5 years, working with adults & seniors with neurological & musculo-skeletal…
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CTRG member Chris Dent

Chris Dent

Chris Dent has been a Physiotherapist for over 15 years, specialising in Spinal Cord Injury Management, and Wheelchair and Seating prescription. He currently works as a Wheelchair and Seating consultant with ILS Rehab in Northern NSW. Other recent roles have…
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Karen Wilson

Karen is a rehabilitation physiotherapist who has been working in rehabilitation and with amputees for the last 13 years including senior physiotherapist at the Auckland Artificial Limb Centre NZ since 2006. Karen has worked closely at the Artificial Limb Service…
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Beth Sheehan

Beth Sheehan is an exercise physiologist with a special interest in amputees and children with disabilities. Beth has worked in Malawi, Africa in a prosthetic and orthotic setting service. As an exercise physiologist she utilises exercise to assist in empowering…
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Iain Brown

Iain Brown is a professional Rehabilitation Engineer working in the field of wheelchairs, seating and assistive technology. He manages Assistive Technology & Seating NSLHD (NSW Health), one of two public wheelchair seating clinics in NSW. He works with clients in…
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Jarrod Cahir

Jarrod has extensive experience working in the Prosthetics & Orthotics industry, particularly in rural and remote settings within the Northern Territory and South Australia. He has mentored students and clinicians in Australia and abroad. With a Masters of Clinical Prosthetics…
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Nina Murray

Nina Murray is an occupational therapist who has an invested interest in delivering rehabilitation to all corners of the globe. Nina has a passion for working with adults with neurological conditions such as acquired brain injuries and stroke. This passion…
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Shelley Kennedy

Shelley Kennedy is an occupational therapist who has worked in a variety of leadership and clinical settings including disability, mental health and rehabilitation. Most recently Shelley and her family lived in Suva, Fiji where she volunteered for Frank Hilton Organization…
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Jane Alver

Jane Alver is currently the Associate Research Program Manager for Gender at ACIAR. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra. Jane has been a gender equality advocate for more than 25 years, at the local,…
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