Emma Grimes
B Hlth Sci (OT) (Hons)

Occupational Therapist
08 8947 4780

Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) (Honours)
Master of Public Health 


Emma is an experienced occupational therapist who has practiced across a range of acute, rehabilitation and community health care settings in Canberra, East Arnhem Land, and Darwin. She has provided both inpatient and community-based rehabilitation services, including therapy for clients with neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. She has successfully case managed clients with a range of complex care needs

Emma has special interest and experience in remote and cross-cultural primary health care. Her experience in this area includes managing the East Arnhem Remote Aged and Disability Program across remote communities and homelands in East Arnhem Land. Emma completed a Master of Public Health through Menzies School of Health Research and spent four years living in West Timor, Indonesia, where she completed her Master’s research project examining the impact of maternal health care policies.  


Emma’s awards and research include:

  • 2016: Val Asche Award, Menzies School of Health Research for Academic Excellence. 
  • 2016: Grimes, Emma (2016). Change and continuity: the influence of policy on the practice of a traditional birth attendant in Eastern Indonesia.
    Master of Public Health Thesis,  Charles Darwin University. 
  • 2014: Participatory Action Research Group Facilitator; People with Disabilities Australia, Self-Directed Disability Support (University of New South Wales, 2014) 
  • 2006: OT Australia NSW Prize for the Best Performance in the Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) Course. 2006
  • 2006: Grimes, Emma (2006). Health Service Delivery in Remote Areas of Australia: An exploration of the experience of Occupational Therapists.
    Honours Research Thesis, Charles Sturt University.