Karina Dancza (Temme) currently works for The Royal College of Occupational Therapists in the United Kingdom as the Professional Advisor for Children and Young People. This involves providing advice, information and developing products to support best practice in occupational therapy for children, young people and families and acting as an advocate for children’s occupational therapy services working with relevant government and other key stakeholders.
After receiving her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) degree from UniSA, she worked for Inclusion SA before relocating to England where she worked as a children's occupational therapist at Colchester Primary Care Trust and The Dyscovery Centre, University of Wales. She transitioned into academia, taking up a position as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University, before moving into her current position.
She gained her Master's degree in Education (Special Educational Needs) in 2008 and her PhD in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland in 2016.
Karina has collaborated in publishing numerous occupational therapy papers and has presented at occupational therapy conferences in Australia, Japan and Europe. Recently she was thanked by Government Ministers for her contribution towards a Government policy in documents tabled in both the House of Lords and the Commons.