Dr Elaine Hart

Dr Elaine Hart is Manager, Allied Health Professional Workforce and Staff Development, with the Tasmanian Health Service. She is a clinical psychologist with teaching and clinical practice experience in the mental health field.

She began her career as a clinician working with Mental Health Services in Tasmania, followed by a number of years teaching in the postgraduate program of the School of Psychology at the University of Tasmania and overseeing its student placement program and training clinic.  More recently she has been involved in workforce development across a range of health care settings and teaching on topics such as clinical supervision in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania.

Her research interests have included the areas of suicidal behaviour, disordered eating, eating disorders and body image, and clinical and professional supervision.

She has held positions on various committees of Australian Psychological Society including its national ethics committee, the Workplace Issues National Advisory Group and the national committee of the College of Clinical Psychologists.  She is a founding member and current chair of the Tasmanian Allied Health Advancement Committee, which sponsors annual awards for excellence in allied health professional research and practice and organises the biennial Tasmanian Allied Health Professional Symposium, a forum showcasing local research activity and innovation.

Catherine Back

Catherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). Since this time Catherine has worked in the both the public and private hospital systems in NSW, worked in community health, run several successful private practices and became Allied Health Manager at Delmar Private Hospital, a part of the Macquarie Hospitals group, in NSW. Catherine also then took on the role of Corporate Rehabilitation Manager for the 11 hospitals in the Macquarie Hospitals and Independent Private Hospitals of Australia (IPHoA) Group before relocating to Tasmania in 2013. Since 2013 Catherine has been the Tasmanian State Manager of APM – a Vocational Rehabilitation Provider, where she manages a multi-disciplinary Allied Health team.

Catherine has been a member of the Tasmanian Branch Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association for the past 2 years and was elected as the Tasmanian President of the APA and commenced her term in 2017. Catherine also sits on the National Advisory Council for Physiotherapy and is a member of the APA Pain special interest group.

Mary Fraser

Mary graduate in 1971 in library studies from Robert Gordon Institute, Aberdeen University.  Her first medical library role was setting up a nursing library in Gartnaval College of Nursing, Glasgow.  From there she went to Nigeria as a volunteer to set up a hospital library in Kaduna State Northern Nigeria.  After four exciting years she returned to the UK where she worked for the King Edward’s Fund.  She then moved to Inverness where she ran the Highland and Island Hospital Library Services for a few years.  In 1984 she landed in Tasmania and the rest is history. After many adventures in other sections of the government service, Forestry, Housing, Mental Health, and Disability Services, she eventually became the manager of the Wingfield Library, part of the library services for the Tasmanian Health Service and Department of Health and Human Services.

Paula Hyland

Paula Hyland was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Allied Health for the Tasmanian Health Service in June 2017.  Paula has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and a Masters in Health Science (Speech Pathology) from Sydney University, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management from Edith Cowan University.  Paula’s clinical practice interests include rehabilitation, dysphagia, laryngectomy , tracheostomy and teamwork generally.  In 2016, Paula led the development of a model of Care for Rehabilitation in Tasmania and associated Business Case.  More recently, Paula has led the development and implementation of an in-reach rehabilitation model in small rural hospital.

Paula commenced her career as a Speech Pathologist in North West Tasmanian in 1998, and worked in various clinical, and managerial roles in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.  This is the third Allied Health Professional symposium steering committee Paula has been an active member of.

Cindy Hollings

Cindy Hollings is the acting Director of Allied Health in the Northern region of Tasmania.  An Occupational Therapist by profession, Cindy has been working in the Director role on and off for about 7 years. Originally from WA, Cindy graduated from WAIT in 1984, and her clinical experience has been mainly around acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation and community home visiting. She has a Post Grad qualification in Health Services Management, and has held various roles in her professional association over the years.

Cindy moved to Tasmania in 2000 to take up the role as Occupational Therapy Manager in the small department of 8 staff. Cindy has focused on building and developing services across Rehabilitation, including initiating the Outpatient Rehabilitation service which provides multi-disciplinary rehab follow-up to people following an acute admission. Cindy has extended her interest in multi-disciplinary teams by a major redevelopment of Allied Health, both changing the physical environment and the work culture within Allied Health in this region. She hopes to continue to support quality and safety and research activities, and further foster a safe, supportive and patient focused work culture. This, she thinks, will be especially exciting as the state moves to a clinical stream model of service delivery within the Tasmanian Health Service (THS). The major projects at present are assisting THS in the roll out of NDIS,  and supporting the changes in equipment provision via TasEquip.

Cindy with her partner has a teenage daughter, 2 dogs, a productive garden, and can often be found cooking pizzas on the weekend in her volunteer role in a local eatery.

Kendra Strong

Kendra Strong was appointed as the Chief Allied Health Advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services for 12 months from January 2017.  Kendra has a Bachelor of Podiatry with First Class Honours from Latrobe University, a Masters in Health Service Administration from Charles Sturt University and is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association.  Kendra’s clinical practice interests include diabetes and managing the High Risk Foot.  Kendra’s Honours Research examined differences in patient satisfaction and quality of life between two treatment options for offloading diabetic foot ulcers.  This research was published in the UK Diabetic Foot Journal in 2010.  Kendra also collaborated with a fellow Podiatrist and Arthritis Tasmania to develop the ‘Fit Feet with Arthritis’ educational resource for health professionals in 2004-05.  More recently, Kendra has led the changes to the Poisons Act 1971 to enable Podiatry prescribing in Tasmania.

Kendra commenced her career as a Podiatrist at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2004, and worked in various clinical, project and managerial roles before crossing over to work in the Department on the Tasmanian Health Organisations Act in 2011.  Since then, Kendra has worked in policy and government relations and been the Manager, Strategy and Projects for the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, Policy and Regulatory Services, DHHS.  Despite her diverse career, Kendra maintains clinical practice by working as a Podiatrist for a Residential Aged Care Facility in Hobart.  Kendra co-chairs the Allied Health Professional Symposium steering committee with Dr Elaine Hart.


Barbara Moerd

Barbara Moerd is Acting Director of Allied Health for the THS southern region for both acute and community based services.  Barbara is a Social Worker and was previously Discipline Lead for Social Work in the THS-S.  She has a background both in the UK and Australia in statutory work with children and families and mental health and has worked clinically at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Aged Care Services.  Barbara is completing a Masters degree in Business at UTas and has an interest in allied health service delivery, values and frameworks and how they co-exist in a business environment with support services increasingly moving out of Government provision in to private and NGO sectors.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission - Monday 14 August 2017
Early Bird - Friday 27 October 2017
Symposium - Friday 10 November 2017


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