Dr Danielle Hitch



Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Master of Science, University of Plymouth, 2006
Master of Arts, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2014


+61 3 522 78642


Dr. Hitch qualified as an occupational therapist from LaTrobe University in 1998, and has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom. During her clinical career, she has worked in a range of mental health settings, and also in private practice. 

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Research interests

Mental health and wellbeing (particularly mood disorders and psychosis)

Occupation and occupational therapy

Knowledge translation / brokerage in allied health

Fieldwork Education

Pan Occupational Paradigm



1996 - Present OT Australia (Victoria)

2011 Present Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc.

1999 - 2009 British Association of Occupational Therapy

Teaching interests

Inclusive teaching practices

Supervision of Honours students





December 2015 - Special Commendation for Research Excellence (School of Health and Social Development) 

November 2015 - Smart Geelong Early Career Innovator Award

April 2013 - OT Australia Victoria Research Grant

October 2012 - Smart Geelong Awards (Living with a Disability and Commendation)

May 2012 - Deakin University Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellent Contribution to Equity and Diversity

May 2011 - Deakin University Faculty of Health Award for Innovation

December 2010 - Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 2007 - OT Australia Research or Quality Improvement Project Grant

January 2005 - HSA Charitable Fund Major Scholarship


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Patient and therapist experiences of the SaeboFlex: a pilot study

L Andriske, D Hitch, D Verikios

(2017), Vol. 2017, pp. 1-6, Occupational therapy international, Cairo, Egypt, C1


Attitudes of mental health occupational therapists toward evidence-based practice

D Hitch

(2016), Vol. 83, pp. 27-32, Canadian journal of occupational therapy, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Perceptions of fieldwork in occupational therapy

K Ingwersen, N Lyons, D Hitch

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-5, Clinical teacher, London, Eng., C1


Does universal design education impact on the attitudes of architecture students towards people with a disability?

D Hitch, K Dell, H Larkin

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 26-48, Journal of accessibility and design for all, Catalunya, Spain, C1


What factors contribute to failure of fieldwork placement? Perspectives of supervisors and university fieldwork educators

K Nicola-Richmond, B Butterworth, D Hitch

(2016), pp. 1-8, World Federation of Occupational Therapists bulletin, London, Eng., C1


Occupational therapy in forensic psychiatry: Recent developments in our understandings (2007-2013)

D Hitch, Q Hii, I Davey

(2016), Vol. 79, pp. 197-205, British journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1


Achieving occupational goals with the TAPit: a case study

D Verikios, D Hitch, L Andriske

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 189-196, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, London, Eng., C1


Transforming roles to support student development of academic literacies: a reflection on one team's experience

S Goldingay, D Hitch, A Carrington, S Nipperess, V Rosario

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 334-346, Reflective practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Reflections on a yearly camp at an adult mental health rehabilitation unit

E Dorn, D Hitch

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 33-37, Mental health practice, Harrow, Eng., C1


Instructional practices for evidence-based practice with pre-registration allied health students: a review of recent research and developments

D Hitch, K Nicola-Richmond

(2016), Vol. In Press, pp. 1-15, Advances in health sciences education, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Australian social work academics' perceptions of their teaching roles within higher education

S Goldingay, G Lamaro, J Ryan, D Hitch, S Macfarlane

(2016), Vol. 36, pp. 1-15, Higher education research & development, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Occupational therapy with people with depression: using nominal group technique to collate clinician opinion

D Hitch, M Taylor, G Pepin

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 216-225, Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1


Occupational therapists' experiences of career progression following promotion

H Nelson, S Giles, H McInnes, D Hitch

(2015), Vol. 62, pp. 401-409, Australian occupational therapy journal, London, Eng., C1


Working with policy and regulatory factors to implement universal design in the built environment: the Australian experience

H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, S Ang

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 8157-8171, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Evidence for mental health occupational therapy: trends in the first decade of the new millenium (200-2013)

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-12, SAGE open, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


The impact of leisure participation on mental health for older people with depression: a systematic review

D Hitch, K Wright, G Pepin

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 336-345, Physical and occupational therapy in geriatrics, London, Eng., C1


Supporting safe driving practices among consumers of mental health services: guidelines for assessment

C Dun, B Bull, D Hitch, K Lhuede, V Vlachou, J Swan

(2015), Vol. 66, pp. 536-538, Psychiatric services, Washington, D.C., C1-1


Research priorities in mental health occupational therapy: a study of clinician perspectives

D Hitch, K Lhuede

(2015), Vol. 62, pp. 326-332, Australian occupational therapy journal, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Inclusive pedagogy in Australian universities: a review of current policies and professional development activities

D Hitch, S Macfarlane, C Nihill

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 135-145, International journal of the first year in higher education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


'The university didn't actually tell us this is what you have to do': Social inclusion through embedding of academic skills in first year professional courses

S Goldingay, D Hitch, J Ryan, D Farrugia, N Hosken, G Lamaro, C Nihill, S Macfarlane

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 43-53, International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


In the footsteps of Wilcock, part one : the evolution of doing, being, becoming, and belonging

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 231-246, Occupational therapy In health care, New York, N. Y., C1


In the footsteps of Wilcock, part two: the interdependent nature of doing, being, becoming and belonging

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 247-263, Occupational therapy In health care, New York, N. Y., C1


A case study of knowledge brokerage in occupational therapy

D Hitch, S Rowan, K Nicola-Richmond

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 389-396, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, England, London, C1


The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action (ITEA) method: a procedure for helping practitioners translate theory and research into action

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2014), Vol. 77, pp. 592-600, British journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1


Achieving eating independence in an acute stroke ward: Developing a collaborative care plan

J Payne, K Stagnitti, E Hooke, D Hitch

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 111-117, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, C1


Promoting participation through the universal design of built environments: making it happen

V Watchorn, H Larkin, D Hitch, S Ang

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 65-88, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1


The development of inquiry methods in mental health occupational therapy: Looking to the past to inform the future

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2014), pp. 135-192, Advances in occupational therapy research, Hauppage, N.Y., B1


Strategies and effectiveness of teaching universal design in a cross-faculty setting

V Watchorn, H Larkin, S Ang, D Hitch

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 477-490, Teaching in higher education, London, Eng., C1


Engagement in activities and occupations by people who have experienced psychosis : a metasynthesis of lived experience

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 76, pp. 77-86, British journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1


Readiness for interprofessional learning : a cross-faculty comparison between architecture and occupational therapy students

H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, S Ang, K Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 413-419, Journal of interprofessional care, London, England, C1


Promoting health and wellbeing for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: an occupational perspective

D Hitch, N Lavasani, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, Internet journal of allied health sciences and practice, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, C1


Meeting the challenges of providing quality work integrated learning experiences for allied health: A case study

D Hitch, K Nicola-Richmond, H Larkin

(2013), pp. 267-290, Higher education : recent trends, emerging issues and future outlook, New York, NY, B1


Community mobility in the context of universal design : inter-professional collaboration and education

D Hitch, H Larkin, V Watchorn, S Ang

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 375-383, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1


Better access to mental health : mapping the evidence supporting participation in meaningful occupations

D Hitch

(2012), Vol. 10, pp. 181-189, Advances in mental health, Maleny, Qld., C1-1


Academic skills and beyond : a resource based approach to support student success in higher education

D Hitch, S Goldingay, N Hosken, G Lamaro, S Macfarlane, C Nihill, J Ryan, D Farrugia

(2012), Vol. 6, Journal of academic language and learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1


Better access to mental health program : influence of mental health occupational therapy

M Kohn, D Hitch, K Stagnitti

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 437-444, Australian occupational therapy, Richmond, Vic., C1


Evidence based guidelines to improve engagement and participation for people experiencing depression

D Hitch, M Taylor, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 1-22, International journal of psychosocial rehabilitation, Norfolk, England, C1-1


Enriching student experience and inter-professional learning of inclusive design with Second Life

S Ang, S Segrave, H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, H Elkadi, M McCracken, D Holt

(2010), pp. 1-8, ANZAScA 2010 : On the border : architectural science in theory & practice : Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


Experiences of engagement in occupations and assertive outreach services

D Hitch

(2009), Vol. 72, pp. 482-490, British journal of occupational therapy, London, England, C1-1


A survey of occupational therapists providing services under the Better Access to Mental Health initiative

D Hitch

(2009), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, Australian e-journal for the advancement of mental health, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1


A review of the selection for occupational therapy outcome measures in a community mental health rehabilitation setting

D Hitch, T Hevern, M Cole, C Ferry

(2007), Vol. 54, pp. 221-224, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1-1



Industry and Other Funding

Building capacity amongst occupational therapy clinicians for EBP: The Super Moth Project

Dr Danielle Hitch

  • 2013: $2,433


No completed student supervisions to report