Improving access to high quality occupational therapy services for rural people and places.
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You know how it is almost impossible to get occupational therapists in rural areas? My research examines where the occupational therapists in Australia actually are, the types of things that attract them to go there, and how we can get more to go rural. In fact, I am building a profile of the type of person that thrives in rural areas, and the knowledge and skills they have, so we can target the right students and teach them the right things to not just go rural, but to succeed and stay.
September 2008 - February 2018
- Strategic organisational development and education role with the functions to: - Support HNE Health Executive team and senior managers to develop and implement capability development programs - Consult at state level on policy implementation (specifically in mandatory education) - Provide management coaching - Team development programs - Develop, provide, share, and evaluate face-to-face and online education - Change management consulting
October 2006 - August 2008
- Work with GNC Executive, Managers, and Staff to design, develop and deliver strategic and targeted workforce development programs which provide measurable business outcomes.
April 2006 - September 2006
- Project Officer
- Management of the Smoking Cessation Project including training and supporting clinicians in implementation of best practice smoking cessation treatment within the community setting
Introduction: Regional, rural, and remote people represent nearly half the world’s population, yet experience disproportionally higher disease, mortality, and disability rates, coupled with limited healthcare access. Occupational therapy has committed to occupational justice, yet no descriptive framework of services provided by occupational therap...
Introduction/Rationale: Despite approximately 50% global population living in non-urban spaces and experiencing higher incidence of disability and poverty, occupational therapy is poorly represented outside of urban centres and services provided in non-urban spaces is unexplored. Objectives: Synthesise the evidence describing occupational therapy...
Introduction/Rationale: There are a variety of terms that have described occupational therapy practice in non-urban urban spaces, however, the terms used are often indeterminate and vague, and vary according to language and study aims and methodologies. Objectives: We present an alternative to overcome the challenge to describing the global contex...
Introduction/Rationale: As climate change progresses, natural disasters are becoming more common and increasingly impacting population centres, particularly in regional and rural areas. As more natural disaster occur, occupational therapists and their communities will require strategies for resilience and recovery. Objectives: To reflect on the re...
Social context has been largely studied to understand the use of human capacity (i.e. occupations) to shape surroundings and ways of living. Yet, the intertwined relation of human capacities and natural features (i.e. physical geographies) received little or no attention within occupational science. We argue that harmful Western notions of producti...
Are you feeling tired? Constant technology access and pandemic induced working from home has blurred our work/home lives more than ever. The feeling of always working and being available for others can lead to exhaustion, apathy, and stagnation, and definitely not good teaching or general wellbeing. This session will explore psychology and neurosci...
Objective: The objective of this review is to complete a global synthesis of the evidence on occupational therapy services provided in non-urban areas. Introduction: Worldwide, non-urban populations experience higher levels of disease, mortality, and disease risk factors, yet most health services, including occupational therapy, are disproportion...
This quick talk will reflect on increasing student engagement using Team-Based Learning™ (TBL). Student interest in the topic & personal self-regulation have been correlated with cognitive, emotional engagement and engaged behaviours (e.g. responding/participating).1This means that engaging students with dry, theoretical material may be reliant on...
Engaging students with dry, theoretical material is often very challenging and occupational therapy theory and processes is no different. Team-based learning offers the advantages of engaging students in completing the content pre-work before they come to class, challenging them to apply the knowledge in class, and developing critical thinking and...
Investigated the nature and extent of occupational therapy ambulatory care services in 2000 in Australia
Worldwide, non-urban populations experience higher burden of disease and less access to health services including, occupational therapy services. Preparing students during undergraduate education for rural practice may increase intention to practice, recruitment, and retention of occupational therapists in non-urban areas, however, the type of occupational therapy services provided to non-urban populations remains unclear. This project aims to better understand the services provided by occupational therapist in non-urban areas.