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Johanne is a lecturer in the Occupational Science and Therapy Program, within the Faculty of Health and is situated at the Waterfront campus.
Johanneís main responsibilities at Deakin are: to manage and teach within two Level 2 units; supervise OT students during fieldwork placements; and build internationalism within the OT Program by liaising with relevant stakeholders, such as OT staff and students, relevant international partner organizations and Deakin International staff. In addition, Johanne has teaching responsibilities in other units and year levels within the OT Program.
Previous to 2008, Johanne held clinical positions in the field of Occupational Therapy, predominately in the area of physical rehabilitation, with a particular interest in rehabilitation post stroke. This experience has equipped her with an excellent knowledge of the rehabilitation process and appropriate evidence-based interventions for clients requiring neurological occupational therapy.
Unit Chair: HSO207, Neuroscience and HSO206, Occupational Development, Disability and Adaption B
Deakin Fieldwork Supervisor: HSO205, HSO206
International Liaison: OT Program
Johanne is keenly interested in the brainís plastic capacity, especially following a neurological incident, so research interests include exploration of occupational therapistsí ability to facilitate and harness this capacity, within clinical and health promotion settings.
Research projects relate to the facilitation of constraint-induced movement therapy and other evidence-based techniques into clinical practice and an exploration of the experience of using a novel cognitive program with a healthy older population.
Walker, J. (April, 2012). Sponsored guest lecturer, OT Program, VIA University College,
Aarhus & Holstebro Campuses, Denmark. Topic: Occupational Therapy and Brain
Walker, J. (2004 - 2008). Australian Government Rural and Remote Health Professionals
Scholarship. (For professional development education - Master in Occupational
Walker, J. (2007). Certificate of Achievement, Barwon Health Quality Improvement
Award: Introduction of evidence-based somatosensory discrimination retraining to
community OT neuro-rehabilitation service, McKellar Centre. Barwon Health,
Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Peer reviewer for Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Walker, J. (2012). Evidence-based Techniques in Stroke Rehab: Meeting the Challenges. Oral presentation given to Hamilton Health Allied Health Staff, Hamilton Hospital.
Walker, J. (2011). Facilitating neuroplasticity: Evidence-based novel interventions for occupational therapy practice. Oral presentation given at the National Occupational Therapy Conference, Gold Coast.
Walker, J. & George, R. (2010). Barriers and Enablers.
The use of constraint induced movement therapy within Victorian occupational therapy practice. Oral presentation given at the Australian State Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne.
Walker, J. & Carey, L. (2008). Predictors of success following generalized
somatosensory training in the hand following stroke. Oral poster
session presented at the Australian National Occupational Therapy
Conference, Melbourne, Victoria.
Walker, J. (2007). Characteristics influencing success following generalized somatosensory training in the hand following stroke. Oral presentation given at the Allied Health Forum, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria.
Walker, J. & Wild, D. (2003). Forced use: Does it force recovery? Poster session presented at the Australian National Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne.