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Occupational Therapy Industry and Tertiary Sector Leaders Share their Leadership Journey with Aspiring Students


College residents and invited students had the unique privilege of engaging with leaders in the field of Occupational Therapy (OT) at the networking dinner held recently at Durack College. Students mingled with invited guests before moving to the dining room for the formal part of the evening, where college resident Tiegan Jackson, first year OT student at Australian Catholic University (ACU), emceed the evening.

Students, industry leaders, course coordinators and lecturers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and ACU, which all offer OT in South East Queensland, attended the evening. The purpose of the networking dinner was to connect, build relationships and for future OTs to learn from the current leaders in their field.

“This was a unique opportunity for aspiring OT students and our goal as we mature as a college is to grow our mentoring and graduate entry pathways for our college residents,” said Dr Armstrong.

Guest speakers Anna Young and Penny Power, inspirational leaders who both job share in the statewide role of Directors Occupational Therapy & Music Therapy at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, provided insight into their leadership journey. Both women share a unique passion for leadership development by engaging and empowering their staff; something which was critical to the merging of staff from different hospitals and cultural contexts to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

“Both Anna and Penny are leading the way in collaborative transformational practices and are inspirational leaders to the next generation of health professionals. Their speech ignited much discussion and provided a platform for students to seek insight into the future of the profession,” said Dr Armstrong.

“An essential part of the Student Success Program comes from women living, learning and working in close association with women peer leaders who mirror values our young women can aspire to. Our program aims to educate our collegians, giving opportunities for reaching potential and the empowerment and transformation this brings. This event highlights the commitment the college has to enhancing our students’ professional development and through working with organisations to expand its offerings through strong institutional ties,” said Dr Armstrong.