Mrs Emma George

Privately Funded Scholarship Holder

Student Administration Services

place Student Centre (N216)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a registered Occupational Therapist with postgraduate qualifications in Public Health. My clinical experience includes primary health care, community and international development, paediatrics, and mental health. My research interests are in the social determinants of health, health equity, policy, and occupational science. All of my experiences have allowed me to develop clinical and academic skills where occupation is at the heart of what I do. Even in public health research, I cannot help but “think like an OT” and this is a strength in my research and teaching. I have drawn on my commitment to occupation in research methodology, community engagement, and promoting meaningful activity as a tool for connecting with people cross-culturally.


Flinders University, Master of Public Health (Research), 2013-2014

Flinders University, Master of Health and International Development, (2012-2012)

University of South Australia, Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 1998-2001

Honours, awards and grants

PhD Scholarship, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for Social Determinants and Health Equity

Flinders University, Golden Key Society 2014

University of South Australia, Dean's List 2001-2002

Research expertise
Indigenous health
Policy and administration
Public health and health services
Research interests

I am interested in research on the social determinants of health, health equity, policy, and occupational science.

I am a PhD Candidate in the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity. My research is within the Centre for Research Excellence for Social Determinants of Health Equity. I am researching policy implementation of the ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy in early childhood. I am a member of Southgate’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Network.

My Master of Public Health thesis is entitled: Exploring human trafficking in Australia and the implications for service delivery and public health.

Teaching interests

I am passionate about health equity and addressing injustice. The social determinants of health are a foundation for understanding occupation in a social, cultural and political environment. From an occupational science perspective, there is much to learn from occupational justice as a framework for understanding health equity.

Topic coordinator
OCCT8002 Occupational Science
OCCT2001 Introduction to Occupational Science
AGES1011 Enhancing Life with Meaningful Activity

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