Staff profile - Danielle Hitch

Dr Danielle Hitch

Position: Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78642 +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. 


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


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


Conferences and seminars


Awards and prizes

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


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


Research page



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