Keynote Speakers

Carolyn-Portrait-for-web-300x291Carolyn Webster

“External Influences that Drive Change – A Professional Responsibility to Respond”





Carolyn graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1963. Over the course of her career, Carolyn has worked in a variety of settings and roles, including:

  • Working in various acute and long term rehabilitation facilities.
  • Lecturing at the School of Occupational Therapy
  • Setting up new and expanded OT services at QE 11
  • Working in social policy and human services consultancies across the public sector.
  • Running a NGO in Kenya
  • Working in Community Development in rural local government.

Carolyn’s professional skills have developed over the course of her career, and she continues to build on the qualifications from her undergraduate degree.

Over the years Carolyn has committed significant time and dedication to professional associations at local, state and international levels. She has always acted as an advocate for Occupational Therapy to be politically astute, and for it to be prepared to take on new and evolving services and to enhance its graduate opportunities.

Carolyn believes that Occupational Therapy has enriched her working and private life beyond measure, and is very pleased to be someone who is prepared for change and will continue to always look for opportunities that will entrench OT into the lives of those in need of our intervention.

DSC6550-248x300Ruth Jodrell

“The Bravest Agents of Change”

Ruth graduated in 1973 from the Western Australian Institute of Technology. Her first employment was as the sole occupational therapist for the Department of Community Welfare working at a maximum security treatment and research centre for delinquent adolescents. After her release she was employed at RPH on general medical and burns and plastic surgery wards. After some overseas travels, Ruth returned home and was appointed the inaugural Director of the Independent Living Centre, a position she held for three years. At the age of 27 Ruth became the Superintendent OT at RPRH Shenton Park for four years prior to starting a family.



Over the ensuing years, Ruth combined motherhood with various part time positions including:

  • Educating Taxi drivers how to support the transport needs of people with disabilities.
  • Lecturing in the pathology of aging
  • Independent consulting in special projects
  • Managing the Equipment and Assistive Technology Clinic at the Cerebral Palsy Association
  • Home modification and Architectural consulting with the Department of Housing and Works

During this time Ruth commenced some medico legal consultancy work which quickly blossomed and she gradually relinquished her part time work to set up her own business and now works exclusively in medico legal work with five colleagues.

Despite threatening to retire for several years, the magic of OT remains too strong and Ruth still remains an enthusiastic member of the profession.