Dr Sandra Mortimer

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (W405)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sandra Mortimer works full time as a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Flinders University. She is a registered occupational therapist and has a clinical doctorate in Public Health. Sandra has spent most of her career working with young children and families in community settings in Adelaide and rural New South Wales. She enjoys the challenge of bringing her extensive clinical wisdom and a passion for innovative, reflective, client centred practice to her teaching.


2021 Doctor of Public Health, Flinders University

1996 Grad. Cert. Management, University of Western Sydney

1988 B.App.Sc (OT), University of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants

2016 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award 6: Enhancing Therapeutic Communication Skills for Occupational Therapy Students. (Team award, awarded jointly with Ellice Willcourt.)

2020 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Vice President and Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award: For strong leadership and collaboration in leading the response to COVID-19 that resulted in a significant redesign of OCCT9013

2021 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching: For developing an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching therapeutic communciation that responds to industry needs and produces confident, practice ready occupational therpay graduates.(Team award, awarded jointly with Ellice Willcourt.)

2021 Vice Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

For thesis entitled: Examining health care practices for young children with complex feeding difficulties and their families: What’s the problem represented to be?


Teaching interests

Therapetic Communication Skills

Working with children and families

Occupational Science

Cultural Responsiveness

Early Childhood Development

Interprofessional Practice

Clinical Education: currently working in H2Go Interprofessional Paediatric Clinic

Topic coordinator
OCCT8002 Occupational Science
OCCT9013 Transition to Contemporary Occupational Therapy Practice
OCCT8005 Occupational Therapy Practice 4
Topic lecturer
OCCT8001 Occupational Therapy Practice 1
OCCT8003 Occupational Therapy Practice 2
REHB8101 Interprofessional Practice