Bachelor of Applied Science (occupational therapy) – Charles Sturt University; Master of Public Health (disease prevention and health promotion) – University of QLD
Rhiannon is an occupational therapist by background. In her clinical past (and occasionally still just to keep her hand in) she specialised in paediatric assessment and intervention. She still serves on the board of Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victoria/Tasmania chapter) and is a strong advocate for the importance of education and therapy in this integral time of child development.
Since 2017 Rhi began to shift from clinical roles to operational and service management which entailed supervision of therapy and intake staff, workload allocation, reporting and leadership meetings, community engagement strategy development and implementation. Soon after Rhi began research and teaching and has held teaching roles in University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining with HCA Rhi has been working with Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) on Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce issues. This perfectly reflects her rural background and on-going commitment to improving health services for rural people.
Rhiannon brings to HCA a broad range of experience working across the not for profit and public health sector in project delivery and management, research translation to practice, and teaching in the tertiary education sector.
Rhiannon is passionate about equity in access to healthcare and education for people with disability and the highlights of her career have been delivering projects to improve the quality and access of healthcare services for people with a disability. She has an interest in co-design methodology which sits well in this space as it ensures that the outcomes of the project truly meet the needs of the population you are working with.
Rhiannon lives in rural Victoria and enjoys the lifestyle that this offers, she is learning to stand up paddleboard and spends as much time out in nature as she can.