President Joan Crombie
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.
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
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.
Carol is a long term Darwin resident. She is a Registered Nurse with a work history and particular interest in orthopaedics. She has recently had to adjust her work commitments due to arthritis issues. She hopes her interest and experience in these topics will help her contribute to the organisation and work of the Board.
Janette recently joined AONT to help educate and spread awarness of rheumatoid arthritis and the impact it can have on a person’s quality of life. She hopes to advocate in assisting those affected by the disease in being the best version they can be despite the lows encountered by it. Janette was diagnosed with RA soon after her 2nd son was born two years ago at 33 years old. She is a mother to two cheeky and active boys and wife to a supportive husband who is also a physio. Janette has a Business degree and works in the public sector. She enjoys dancing Brazilian Samba which helps her move her body in a fun and active way. Wanting to share her story, Janette started blogging to share insights of her life with RA and also welcomes anyone affected by this disease to reach out for a cup of coffee and a chat. Please contact the office on
8948 5232 if you would like to get in touch with Janette.
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Her Honour the Administrator, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran
The Honourable Ken Vowles MLA