Program Director Occupational Therapy
School of Allied Health Science and Practice
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
As an occupational therapist I am fascinated by the role and importance of occupation as a right for health and well-being. My research projects all explore the way we address health inequities among marginalised people and communities with a commitment to social and occupational justice. I have led and collaborated in research on national policy implementation, the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and the recovery from exploitation and modern slavery in Australia and India. In all of my research I am committed to learning more about occupational injustices (marginalisation, alienation, deprivation, imbalance, apartheid and dysfunction), the recognition and realisation of rights, and the response of allied health in order to promote equity and justice, culturally safe practice and trauma informed care.
I am happy for students to contact me to discuss potential research projects ideas and supervision.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
- Aboriginal childhood and culturally safe and responsive allied health service provision
- Equitable accessibility of health care for marginalised communities
- Addressing occupational injustices and promoting occupational rights
- Recovery from human trafficking and modern slavery
- Evidence based practice in occupational therapy
Current major projects:
- "Virtucare" - The VirtuCare project applies learnings from the role played by telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic to inform the co-design, piloting and evaluation of inclusive virtual healthcare and rehabilitation services in India. It will produce a model of care to address health and rehabilitation needs of people with disability who were often excluded in the rapid expansion of telehealth. This project is a collaboration with researchers from the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, E-Sanjeevani, The George Institute for Global Health, the Indian Institute for Public Health, Flinders University, Emmunuel Hospital Assocation and the University of Adelaide. Virtual Healthcare: Towards an Inclusive Future of Healthcare - Australia India Institute (unimelb.edu.au)
- "Critiquing the Occupational Justice Health Questionnaire" - Sexual slavery still exists in approximately 3000 villages in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh, where young girls are exploited in sexual slavery resulting in significant trauma and impacts on health and wellbeing. This includes high risks of communicable diseases, limited access to health care, poor nutrition, unwanted pregnancies, and social discrimination and isolation. Comprehensive, trauma-informed care is essential and occupational therapy can contribute to recovery. An occupational perspective draws attention to the rights of all people to engage in activities that have meaning and purpose. This includes opportunities for enrichment, choice, control, autonomy, balance, and cultural specificity. Founded on occupational justice, this project aims to explore how occupational therapy can be provided in culturally appropriate and responsive ways in India to support the recovery and healing of women escaping exploitation and in recovery. This project is a collaboration with the Indian Institute for Public Health, Good Sheperd Health, and the University of Adelaide.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Program Director - Occupational Therapy University of Adelaide 2020 - ongoing World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) 1st Alternate Delegate Occupational Therapy Australia 2019 - 2022 Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy University of Adelaide 2018 - 2019 Lecturer Occupational Therapy Flinders University 2016 - 2020 PhD Candidate - NHMRC Funded Scholarhip Flinders University 2015 - 2015 Lecturer: Equity University of South Australia 2012 - 2015 Lecturer Occupational Therapy University of South Australia 2011 - 2012 Lecturer: Equity, Indigenous Student Support University of South Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2020 Flinders University Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2013 - 2014 Flinders University Australia Master of Public Health 2010 - 2012 Flinders University Australia Master of Health and International Development 1998 - 2001 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (OT)
Year Citation 2023 Fisher, M., Harris, P., Freeman, T., George, E., & Baum, F. (2023). Universal and Targeted Policy for Health Equity in the Neoliberal Era. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 12(1), 2 pages.
2023 George, E. (2023). Reflecting on research at the interface of knowledge and the importance of decolonising transformational unlearning for non-Indigenous researchers. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11 pages.
2022 Fisher, M., Harris, P., Freeman, T., Mackean, T., George, E., Friel, S., & Baum, F. (2022). Implementing universal and targeted policies for health equity: lessons from Australia. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 11(10), 2308-2318.
DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC6
2021 Fisher, M., Mackean, T., George, E., Friel, S., & Baum, F. (2021). Stakeholder perceptions of policy implementation for Indigenous health and cultural safety: A study of Australia's 'Closing the Gap' policies. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 80(2), 239-260.
DOI Scopus10 WoS8
2020 Fairlie, L., Stanley, M., George, E., Sereda, B., & Mosewich, A. D. (2020). Navigating the shift from netballer to former netballer: the experience of retirement from elite netball in Australia. Sport in Society, 23(7), 1100-1118.
DOI Scopus1 WoS2
2019 George, E., & Stanley, M. (2019). Exploring the occupational injustices of human trafficking. Journal of Occupational Science, 26(3), 394-407.
DOI Scopus8 WoS7
2019 George, E., Mackean, T., Baum, F., & Fisher, M. (2019). Social determinants of indigenous health and indigenous rights in policy: A scoping review and analysis of problem representation. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 10(2), 27 pages.
DOI Scopus19 WoS18
2018 George, E., & Stanley, M. (2018). Occupational therapy and the fight against human trafficking. Norwegian Journal of Occupational Therapy: Ergoterapeuten, 61(4), 50-53. 2018 George, E., Tsourtos, G., & McNaughton, D. (2018). 'It's just about the crime, not the victim': critical insights from Australian service providers working with people who have been trafficked. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 30(1), 1-18.
2017 George, E., Schmidt, C., Vella, G., & McDonagh, I. (2017). Promoting the rights and responsibilities of children: a South Australian example. GLOBAL HEALTH PROMOTION, 24(1), 53-57.
DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC1
2017 George, E., McNaughton, D., & Tsourtos, G. (2017). An Interpretive Analysis of Australia’s Approach to Human Trafficking and Its Focus on Criminal Justice Over Public Health. Journal of Human Trafficking, 3(2), 81-92.
2014 George, E., Rosso, E., Burnard, K., & Drew, E. (2014). "Spark Awareness, Brighten Futures": Raising aspirations to tertiary education in disadvantaged communities through sport. Education and Health, 32(3), 80-84.
Year Citation 2021 Peart, A., George, E., Vogt, K., & Elliot, T. (2021). The role of occupational therapy in primary health care in Australia. In T. Brown, H. Bourke-Taylor, S. Isbel, R. Cordier, & L. Gustafsson (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Australia: Professional and Practice Issues (Second Edition ed., pp. 357-367). Milton Park, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK: Routledge. 2017 George, E., & Vogt, K. (2017). The role of occupational therapy in primary health care in Australia. In T. Brown, H. Bourke-Taylor, S. Isbel, & R. Cordier (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Australia: Professional and Practice Issues (pp. 311-319). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin. 2017 Gilbert Hunt, S., Sellar, B., Berndt, A., George, E., Thomas, K., & Foley, K. M. (2017). From Rhetoric to Reality: Community Development in Occupational Therapy Curriculum. In N. Pollard, & D. Sakellariour (Eds.), Occupational Therapy Without Borders: Integrating Justice with Practice (2 ed., pp. 561-573). United Kingdom: Elsevier.
Year Citation 2022 George, E. (2022). An occupational justice perspective in the fight against human trafficking: lessons learned from research and advocacy’. In https://www.traffickingconference.com/2022-conference. The University of Toledo, OHIO. 2022 George, E. (2022). Amplifying occupational justice and equity in occupational therapy through podcasting. In https://wfotcongress2022.org/. Paris, France. 2021 George, E., Mackean, T., Fisher, M., & Baum, F. (2021). Decolonising consultation and understanding power imbalances: Lessons learned from the implementation of the ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy in early childhood. In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. Online: Wiley. 2019 George, E. (2019). The role of occupational therapy in the fight against human trafficking. In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol. 66. Sydney, Australia.
2019 George, E., & Mackean, T. (2019). The power of occupation as a method for community engagement in decolonising research: a comparative case study on implementation of the ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy. In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol. 66. Sydney, Australia. 2019 Macken, T., FIsher, M., George, E. K., Friel, S., & Baum, F. (2019). Improving ‘Closing the Gap’ policy to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty and wellbeing’. In Lowitja Institute. Darwin, Australia. 2018 George, E. K., & Mackean, T. (2018). To what extent are Indigenous Rights recognised within the Australian government’s ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy in early childhood: an analysis of national policy documents 2009-2016'. In 25th World Congress of Political Science. online: IPSA. 2018 George, E. K., & Stanley, M. (2018). ‘Human Trafficking and Occupational Justice. In World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Cape Town, South Africa. 2017 George, E. K., & Mackean, T. (2017). Reflections on a decolonising approach in research at the interface of knowledge. In Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol. 64. Perth, Australia. 2014 George, E. K., & Ritchie, T. (2014). A New Chapter for Occupational Therapy in South Australia. In Indigenous Allied Health Australia. Adelaide, Australia.
Year Citation 2023 George, E., & Cook, B. (2023). Poster: Occupational therapy podcasts: what, how and why we engage in this occupation. Poster session presented at the meeting of Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. Cairns, Queensland. 2023 Lo, A., George, E., & Mackenzine, L. (2023). Poster: Insights and Perspectives into the WFOT (World Federation of Occupational Therapists) for Australian Occupational Therapists. Poster session presented at the meeting of Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. 2022 George, E., & Stanhope, J. (2022). A call for global evidence on the important role of occupational therapy in recovery from modern slavery. Poster session presented at the meeting of https://wfotcongress2022.org/. Paris, France. 2014 Denton, K., Pyman, A., & George, E. K. (2014). Process and Outcomes: Fostering a participatory community approach with Aboriginal youth. Poster session presented at the meeting of South Australian Occupational Therapy Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2023 George, E. (2023). WFOT Update. Connections: Spotlight on lived experience and co-design in mental health. 2023 George, E. (2023). WFOT Update. Connections: Enhancing accessibility for health, independence and participation. 2022 George, E. (2022). WFOT Update. Connections: Communication and Collaborations https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2022 George, E. (2022). WFOT Update. Connections: Spotlight on OTs in Mental Health. 2022 George, E., & Lo, A. (2022). WFOT Update. Connections: Where can technology take us? https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2022 George, E. (2022). WFOT Update. Connections: How important is Innovation in your Practice? https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2021 George, E. (2021). WFOT Update. Connections: From Theory to Practice https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2021 George, E. (2021). WFOT Update. Connections: Supporting our Communities https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2021 George, E. (2021). WFOT Update. Connections: Brighter Futures https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications. 2021 George, E. (2021). WFOT Update. Connections: This is OT https://otaus.com.au/member-resources/publications.
Year Citation 2020 George, E. (2020). Bandaid for a bullet wound”: the inconsistent recognition of Indigenous rights and social determinants of Indigenous health in ‘Closing the Gap’ policy implementation in early childhood. (PhD Thesis, Flinders University). 2014 George, E. (2014). Exploring Human Trafficking in Australia and the Implications for Service Delivery and Public Health. (Master's Thesis, Flinders University).
Year Citation 2023 Grills, N., McGuckin, M., Sood, S., Viggeswarapu, R., Kukkuru, M. G., Shanbhag, D. N., . . . Murthy, G. V. S. (2023). Virtual Healthcare: Torwards an Inclusive Future of Healthcare. 2020 George, E., & Stanhope, J. (2020). Optimising recovery with occupational therapy for people who have experienced modern slavery: A protocol for a scoping review. ResearchGate.
2023: Unnati Research Collaboration Grant, Australia India Institute. Project: Developing an enhanced model of care for survivors of exploitation. $29,700
2023: AIRS Fellowship, Australia India Institute. Project: Critiquing the ‘Occupational Justice Health Questionnaire’ for use with survivors of sexual servitude and exploitation in India. $6,200.
2022: Australia India Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Project: VirtuCare: co‐designing disability‐inclusive virtual healthcare and rehabilitation in India. $176,000.
2022: School of Allied Health Science and Practice Research Support Grant, The University of Adelaide. Project: VirtuCare: co-designing disability-inclusive virtual healthcare and rehabilitation. $4,900
2021: School of Allied Health Science and Practice Research Support Grant, The University of Adelaide. Project: Amplifying occupational justice in practice through podcasting as a research method. $2,490
2021: School of Allied Health Science and Practice Research Support Grant, The University of Adelaide. Project: Nature-based interventions in allied health: current practice, challenges and opportunities. $2,480
2016-2018: NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for Social Determinants and Health Equity (Flinders University) - PhD Scholarship $30,000 per year.
2016: Flinders University, School of Medicine, Seeding Grant, Student Investigator. Funds: $13,260
I am the Program Director for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).
I have experience teaching occupational science, public health, Aboriginal health, and supervising community based projects and placements.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): An exploration of how individuals and families access the scheme for the first time. Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Miss Jessica Lee Charlton
Date Role Membership Country 2020 - ongoing Member Australasian Society of Occupational Scientists Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Environmental Physiotherapy Association Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Occupational Therapy Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member World Federation of Occupational Therapists Australia 2011 - ongoing Member Indigenous Allied Health Australia Australia
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