President Joan Crombie (appointed May 2018)
Joan has a professional background in Occupational Therapy and brings to the Board of AONT a therapy focus and a general holistic health approach relating to arthritis and osteoporosis issues. Joan enjoys providing support to the “team”. However work responsibilities mean that support has some limitations. Joan says: “I am impressed by the knowledge of our team and the willingness to share that knowledge with the community. I am proud to be with AONT.” Joan was appointed President In May 2018 subsequent to Peg Gellert’s interstate relocation.
Outgoing President Peg Gellert
After leaving primary school teaching nearly 20 years ago, Peg decided direct her energies in a totally new direction by volunteering for AONT. At first her work was largely as an office volunteer with a focus on putting the quarterly newsletter together. Window displays, brochure design and many of the association’s publications have been devised by Peg. Several years ago Peg joined the Board to contribute even more to the association. Having relocated interstate Peg has maintained her volunteer commitment with newsletter production and Faceboook maintenance.
Vice President Margaret Murray
As an osteoarthritis sufferer Margaret wanted to work with Arthritis and Osteoporosis NT to help others with the same problems. She first came to the NT in 1972, working as a Government employee in both Nhulunbuy and Darwin. After some time in Melbourne she returned to Darwin permanently in 2011.
Treasurer/Public Officer Ruth Garden
Since joining AONT in 1998 Ruth has been involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, as well as serving a stint as Health Educator. Her interest is helping people make decisions to improve their own management of their health. While now more involved with financial and management issues, manning information stands, facilitating pain management courses and giving presentations, Ruth has also assisted in delivering a wide range of programs, including self-management courses and physical activity sessions, meeting many current and past members along the way. She first joined the Board in 2006.
Secretary Hilary Fowler
Hilary was a high school science teacher, retiring in 2008. After suffering osteoarthritis in her knees she got involved as a volunteer with AONT, joining the Board in 2010.
Ordinary Board Members
After a number of years in management in the tourism industry in the Kimberly WA and Katherine Region NT, Mary returned to law firm management, undertaking university studies along the way and completing a degree part time. A misspent youth playing competitive squash has left her knees a mere shadow of their former self. Mary first became involved with AONT, participating in the warm water exercise program, and came to value all the work done by the organisation. Mary says, “My deteriorating health has prevented me from making a bigger contribution to the Board. I urge any member, new or old, to consider whether they are able to make a commitment, whatever it is, to AONT.”
A PhD student at Charles Darwin University, Mitzi is currently investigating the link between physical activity and non-communicable diseases. Her research studies are in Alice Springs and Whitehorse, Canada.
Fiona Park is an executive in the Northern Territory Government. She has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. She has worked in many countries around the world including Myanmar, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. She is also an experienced company director. At the Department of Primary Industry and Resources she leads a team seeking international investment for the Territory’s next generation of energy and minerals projects. She is an experienced Board Director and enjoys serving on non-profit boards and committees as a way to give back to the community she lives in, and to maintain her skills.
Shilpi joined Arthritis and Osteoarthritis NT in January 2018 as a Board Member. Before moving to the NT in December 2014, she studied Masters in Research from Middlesex University, London. Shilpi completed a Doctor of Medicine degree in Russia and is in the process of sitting for the Australian Medical exam. She joined AONT in order to be a part of the Australian community. Shilpi has found a lot of support from other Board Members, everyone is cooperative and ready to teach her new things.
Her Honour the Administrator, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran
The Honourable Ken Vowles MLA