Dr Danielle Hitch

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

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

Contact

dani.hitch@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78642

Biography

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


 

Affiliations

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


 

Knowledge areas

Occupational Therapy

Mental Health

Knowledge Translation / Implementation Science 

Conferences

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Awards

December 2016 - Allied Health Fellowship, Melbourne Health 

September 2016 - Yulgibar Post Doctoral Excellence Award

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
 

Publications

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2020

Teacher educators and the pedagogical and curriculum complexity of Teach For All in Australia

Julianne Moss, Trevor Mccandless, Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Mary Dixon, Danielle Hitch, Kate Johnstone, Jill Loughlin

(2020), pp. 1-24, Examining?Teach For All: International Perspectives on a Growing Global Network, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Doing, being, becoming and belonging at the heart of occupational therapy: an analysis of theoretical ways of knowing

Danielle Hitch, Genevieve Pepin

(2020), pp. 1-13, Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Engaging patients and families in communication across transitions of care: An integrative review

T Bucknall, A Hutchinson, M Botti, L McTier, H Rawson, D Hitch, N Hewitt, R Digby, M Fossum, A McMurray, A Marshall, B Gillespie, W Chaboyer

(2020), Vol. 103, pp. 1104-1117, Patient Education and Counseling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Reflective practice facilitation within occupational therapy supervision processes: A mixed method study

Lauren Guy, Kathryn Cranwell, Danielle Hitch, Carol McKinstry

(2020), pp. 1-10, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Occupational therapy driver assessments with mental health consumers: A mixed-methods study

C Dun, J Swan, D Hitch, V Vlachou

(2020), Vol. 67, pp. 330-340, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

The transition to higher education: applying Universal Design for Learning to support student success

D Hitch, Petra Brown, Susie Macfarlane, Janet Watson, Mary Dracup, Kate Anderson

(2019), pp. 84-100, Transforming higher education through universal design for learning: an international perspective, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Evaluating a wayfinding video

Nicole Shaw, Danielle Hitch, Nikki Lyons, Khalid Alharthi, Briony Grant, Ben Laupert

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 226-231, Clinical teacher, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) preparing occupational therapy undergraduates for practice education: a novel application of a proven educational intervention

Helen Larkin, Danielle Hitch

(2019), Vol. 66, pp. 100-109, Australian occupational therapy journal, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The capacity of the BATCH as a predictive tool for discharge planning for people with neuropsychiatric disorders

Kathryn Miller, Serafino Mancuso, Mark Tacey, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis, D Hitch

(2019), Vol. 66, pp. 193-200, Australian occupational therapy journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Evaluating the benefits and challenges of owning a pet dog at a residential psychiatric rehabilitation facility from the perspective of staff and clients

Jade Rothschild, Pam Maroney, D Hitch

(2019), Vol. 35, pp. 92-107, Occupational therapy in mental health, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Longitudinal evaluation of a knowledge translation role in occupational therapy

D Hitch, Kate Lhuede, Vernon Lindsay, genevieve Pepin, Karen Stagnitti

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-12, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Cortisol responsivity to social play in children with autism: a systematic review

K Alagendran, D Hitch, C Wadley, K Stagnitti

(2019), Vol. 12, pp. 427-443, Journal of cccupational therapy, schools, and early intervention, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

An integrated literature review of the current discourse around universal design in the built environment - is occupation the missing link?

Valerie Watchorn, Danielle Hitch, Cathryn Grant, Richard Tucker, Kathryn Aedy, Susan Ang, Patsie Frawley

(2019), pp. 1-12, Disability and rehabilitation, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Setting up an exercise physiology clinic in youth mental health: staff and student perspectives

G Woodhead, D Hitch, J Watson, K Bolton, D Albiston, E Killackey

(2019), pp. 1-13, Advances in mental health, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Development of the translating allied health knowledge (TAHK) framework

Danielle Hitch, Genevieve Pepin, Kate Lhuede, Sue Rowan, Susan Giles

(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 412-423, International journal of health policy and management, Kerman, Iran, C1

journal article

An evaluation of a sensory room within an adult mental health rehabilitation unit

Emma Dorn, Danielle Hitch, Christopher Stevenson

(2019), pp. 1-14, Occupational therapy in mental health, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Pilot study of client outcomes from exercise physiology in a youth mental health service

G Woodhead, D Hitch, K Bolton, D Albiston, E Killackey

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 734-739, Early intervention in psychiatry, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The pan occupational paradigm: development and key concepts

D Hitch, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 27-34, Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Professional development for sessional staff in higher education: a review of current evidence

D Hitch, P Mahoney, S Macfarlane

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 285-300, Higher education research and development, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Connections, communication and collaboration in healthcare's complex adaptive systems comment on "using complexity and network concepts to inform healthcare knowledge translation"

T Bucknall, D Hitch

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 556-559, International journal of health policy and management, Kerman, Iran, C1

journal article

Experiences and perceptions of facilitators of The WORKS

Jade Curtin, Danielle Hitch

(2018), Vol. 59, pp. 607-616, Work, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Meaningful occupation with iPads: experiences of residents and staff in an older person's mental health setting

Jodie Swan, Danielle Hitch, Ruth Pattison, Angela Mazur, Samantha Loi, Alissa Westphal, Kate Bolton

(2018), Vol. 81, pp. 649-656, British journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Evaluating universal design in built environments - a scoping project

Valerie Watchorn, Cathryn Grant, Richard Tucker, Danielle Hitch, Patsie Frawley, Susan Ang, Kathryn Aedy, Apeksha Gohil

(2018), Vol. 256, pp. 689-695, UDHEIT2018 : Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education : Proceedings of the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress, Dublin, Ireland, E1

conference
2017

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

K Nicola-Richmond, B Butterworth, D Hitch

(2017), Vol. 73, pp. 117-124, World Federation of Occupational Therapists bulletin, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

D Hitch, K Nicola-Richmond

(2017), pp. 1031-1045, Advances in health sciences education, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

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

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 975-988, Higher education research & development, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

Keeping occupation front and centre to address the challenges of transcending the individual

D Hitch

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 494-509, Journal of occupational science, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

An evaluation of a vocational group for people with mental health problems based on The WORKS framework

D Hitch, J Robertson, H Ochoteco, F McNeill, A Williams, K Lhuede, A Baini, A Hillman, E Fossey

(2017), Vol. 80, pp. 717-725, British journal of occupational therapy, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Use of touchscreen tablet technology by people with dementia in homes: a scoping review

Danielle Hitch, Jodie Swan, Ruth Pattison, Rachel Stefaniak

(2017), Vol. 4, pp. 1-4, Journal of rehabilitation and assistive technologies engineering, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

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

journal article

Perceptions of fieldwork in occupational therapy

K Ingwersen, N Lyons, D Hitch

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Educating mental health clinicians about sensory modulation to enhance clinical practice in a youth acute inpatient mental health unit: a feasibility study

J Blackburn, B McKenna, B Jackson, D Hitch, J Benitez, C McLennan, T Furness

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 517-525, Issues in mental health nursing, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

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

Emma Dorn, Danielle Hitch

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 33-37, Mental Health Practice, C1

journal article

Students' attitudes to universal design in architecture education

H Larkin, K Dell, D Hitch

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 18-34, Journal of social inclusion, Nathan, Qld, C1

journal article
2015

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2014

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

book chapter

"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

Sophie Goldingay, Danielle Hitch, Juliana Ryan, Dennis Farrugia, Norah Hosken, Greer Lamaro, Claire Nihill, Susie Macfarlane

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 43-53, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE FIRST YEAR IN HIGHER EDUCATION, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2013

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. 267-289, Higher Education: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Outlook, B1

book chapter

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

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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

D Hitch, M Taylor, G Pepin, K Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 17, International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, C1-1

journal article

Promoting Health and Wellbeing for People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: An Occupational Perspective

Danielle Hitch, Negar Lavasani, Genevieve Pepin, Karen Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 11, INTERNET JOURNAL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES AND PRACTICE, C1

journal article
2012

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, C1

journal article

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, C1-1

journal article

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

Danielle Hitch, Sophie Goldingay, Norah Hosken, Greer Lamaro, Susie Macfarlane, Claire Nihill, Juliana Ryan, Dennis Farrugia

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. A29-A41, JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LANGUAGE AND LEARNING, C1

journal article

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 Journal, C1

journal article

A multidimensional framework for embedded academic skill development : transition pedagogy in social work

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

(2012), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2010

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

conference
2009

Experiences of engagement in occupations and assertive outreach services

D Hitch

(2009), Vol. 72, pp. 482-490, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, C1-1

journal article

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

Danielle Hitch

(2009), Vol. 8, pp. 95-104, ADVANCES IN MENTAL HEALTH, C1-1

journal article
2007

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, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

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

Dr Danielle Hitch

  • 2013: $2,433

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Julia Mason

Thesis entitled: Occupational Therapists' Practice with Complex Trauma: A Profile and Perspectives

Master of Applied Science (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development