Staff Profile – Julie Brayshaw
Name: Julie Brayshaw.
Title: Clinical/Professional Fellow, Course Coordinator, Occupational Therapy.
School: School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
I commenced working at Curtin in September 2014.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
My substantive position was as the Deputy Head of Department, Occupational Therapy, at Royal Perth Hospital based at the Shenton Park Campus. I coordinated occupational therapy rehabilitation services for a range of clinical specialty areas including acquired brain injury, upper limb impairment, neurology, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic conditions and amputees. During the four months prior to commencing at Curtin, I was seconded to Fiona Stanley Hospital to work as a Senior Project Officer.
What do you like best about your role?
I love the diversity of my current role and the interaction with students. I am the Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Course Coordinator and enjoy facilitating student progression through their studies. I also really enjoy my teaching/unit coordinator roles in two GEM Occupational Therapy units.
Why did you choose your current career path?
Whilst my entry into occupational therapy was more good luck than good planning, it was an excellent choice! I have been very fortunate to have worked in a variety of positions in metropolitan and remote WA, England and Canada.
My first substantive position after graduation was at Irrabeena, now Disability Services Commission, working with school aged children. The ethos of this role provided an excellent foundation for my occupational therapy career.
I have enjoyed all my occupational therapy positions. I didn’t really enjoy my position counting stock in a hardware store whilst on an overseas travel holiday.
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
I was recently appointed to the position of Chair of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to occupational therapy regulation in Australia. The Board has a range of responsibilities including registering occupational therapists, developing standards/codes/guidelines for the profession, approving accredited programmes of study, and investigating notifications.
Your favourite place in the world and why?
On top of a mountain – the freedom, fresh air and view. Good for the soul.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
I like food, all food. And good wine.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Make the most of all opportunities.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
I rode a bicycle from south to north Vietnam.