Ms Helen Larkin



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 522 78337


Helen is a senior lecturer in the occupational science and therapy program at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Prior to commencing at Deakin University, Helen worked for over 30 years in a range of occupational therapy clinical, management and consultancy positions with a particular interest in the area of disability and related research.

Helen has received recognition for her teaching through a number of awards at both University level and nationally through the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and the Office for Learning and Teaching.

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Research interests

Helen's specific research interests are based around the scholarship of teaching and learning; specifically curriculum development and review, reflective practice, work integrated learning and inter-professional education particularly in the area of universal design practice.


Higher Education & Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

Australian Occupational Therapy Association

Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Teaching interests

Helen is a Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the School of Health and Social Development and her teaching responsibilities focus primarily in third year of the occupational therapy program. Helen also teaches into first and second year units within the School of Architecture and Built Environment, where the focus is on universal design of built environments and their role in promoting the participation of all people within their communities


2013 OLT Award for Teaching Excellence

2012 Smart Geelong Network Researcher of the Year Award (Living with a Disability Category)

2011 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2011 Deakin University Faculty of Health Award for Innovation

2010 Deakin Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

2010 Deakin Vice Chancellors Award for Distinguished Teaching

2010 School of Health and Social Development Award for Teaching Excellence

2010 HERDSA Conference University of Sydney, Institute of Teaching and Learning Creative Presentation Award



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Transformation from student to occupational therapist : using the Delphi technique to identify the threshold concepts of occupational therapy

Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond, A/Prof Genevieve Pepin, Ms Helen Larkin

(2016), Vol. 63, pp. 95-104, Australian occupational therapy journal, London, Eng., C1


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

Dr Danielle Hitch, Kelsey Dell, Ms Helen Larkin

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


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

Ms Helen Larkin, Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Valerie Watchorn, Ms Susan Ang

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


Inclusive practices in academia and beyond

Ms Helen Larkin, Ms Claire Nihill, Prof Marcia Devlin

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 147-171, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Bingley, United Kingdom, C1


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

Ms Valerie Watchorn, Ms Helen Larkin, Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Susan Ang

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


Creating high challenge/high support academic environments through constructive alignment: student outcomes

Ms Helen Larkin, Dr Ben Richardson

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 192-204, Teaching in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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

Ms Helen Larkin, Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Valerie Watchorn, Ms Susan Ang, Prof Karen Stagnitti

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


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

Ms Valerie Watchorn, Ms Helen Larkin, Ms Susan Ang, Dr Danielle Hitch

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


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

Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Ms Helen 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

Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Helen Larkin, Ms Valerie Watchorn, Ms Susan Ang

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


Changes and challenges in higher education : what is the impact on fieldwork education?

Ms Helen Larkin, Ms Valerie Watchorn

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 463-466, Australian occupational therapy journal, Richmond, Vic., C1


An interprofessional approach to architecture education : collaboration between architecture and occupational therapy.

Ms Susan Ang, Ms Helen Larkin, Ms Valerie Watchorn

(2011), pp. 398-406, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Geelong, Vic., E1


"But they won't come to lectures..." the impact of audio recorded lectures on student experience and attendance.

Ms Helen Larkin

(2010), Vol. 26, pp. 238-249, Australasian journal of educational technology, Figtree, N.S.W., C1


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

Ms Susan Ang, Mr Stephen Segrave, Ms Helen Larkin, Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Valerie Watchorn, Prof Hisham Elkadi, Ms Merrin Mccracken, Dr Dale 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


But they won't come to lectures ... : the impact of recorded lectures on student experience and attendance

Ms Helen Larkin

(2009), pp. -, HERDSA 2009 : 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience, Darwin, N.T., E1


Adults with cerebral palsy benefit from participating in a strength training programme at a community gymnasium

Nicholas F Taylor, Karen J. Dodd, Ms Helen Larkin

(2004), Vol. 26, pp. 1128-1134, Disability and rehabilitation, London, England, C1-1


Strength training can be enjoyable and beneficial for adults with cerebral palsy

Jenni Allen, Karen J. Dodd, Nicholas F Taylor, Helen McBurney, Ms Helen Larkin

(2004), Vol. 26, pp. 1121-1127, Disability and rehabilitation, Abingdon, England, C1-1



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Associate Supervisor

Liyana Mohamed Yusof

Thesis entitled: Universal Design and Professional Practice Obligations in Malaysian Domestic Housing

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment