We are pleased to share the news that Leanne Healey, founder and director of Everyday Independence, has been appointed to the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).

OTA is the peak professional body representing the interests of OTs across Australia. They support lifelong learning, promote the future of OT and foster evidence-based practice.

OTA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by their members and through their Nominations Committee. On the 23rd November, they announced the 2020/21 Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting in which Leanne was a successful candidate.

“I feel really excited about the prospect of representing the occupational therapy profession on the OTA board” said Leanne.

“There’s never been a better time to be an OT than now. With the move to consumer driven care, there’s a real opportunity for OTA to demonstrate the value occupational therapy can offer for the people we support and the broader community”

Leanne has over 34 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She founded Everyday Independence in 1997, which today has over 450 team members (over 200 Occupational Therapists). In 2018 Leanne was awarded OT of the Year at the inaugural Australian Allied Health Awards and in 2020 received the Medium and Large Business award in the Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards.

“What I’ve learned from growing an organisation from 40 to 400 team members is that you can achieve so much more when you combine the talents, attributes and skills of a large number of people who all share the same purpose and vision.”

Congratulations on your appointment Leanne!