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
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
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.
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.
I am an associate member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (since 2011)
Through research and community engagement I support ‘Joining Hands and Minds’ a southern Adelaide based network who create opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together to build relationships, share resources and to work in collaboration with one another.
Outside of my academic role, I have been the Sports Chaplain to the Adelaide Thunderbirds (2011-2014, 2017-2018).
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