Ms Valerie Watchorn



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Research interests

Valerie's areas of research interest include how environmental design, in particular Universal Design, and assistive technology influence people's occupational performance, health and social participation. Valerie is particularly interested in how Universal Design can be applied to the design of built environments and how his can be evaluated.

Units taught

Valerie is Unit Chair of the following units:
HSO206 Occupation Across the Lifespan

HSO303 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 2

HSO403 Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology

Research groups

Valerie is a member of the Deakin University HOME Research Hub


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

V Watchorn, D Hitch, C Grant, R Tucker, K Aedy, S Ang, P Frawley

(2021), Vol. 43, pp. 1-12, Disability and Rehabilitation, England, C1

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What are the perceptions of staff who work in, and professionals who advise on the design of, Australian aged care facilities on the value and use of handrails in corridors?

N Swan, V Watchorn, C Grant

(2021), Vol. 40, pp. e62-e69, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Australia, C1

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Housing at the fulcrum: a systems approach to uncovering built environment obstacles to city scale accessibility and inclusion

Richard Tucker, David Kelly, Louise Johnson, Ursula De Jong, Valerie Watchorn

(2021), pp. 1-19, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Making it real: the development of a web-based simulated learning resource for occupational therapy students

Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Valerie Watchorn

(2018), Vol. 34, pp. 13-26, Australasian journal of educational technology, Tugun, Qld., C1

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Changing places, changing lives

Alexandra Martin, V Watchorn, Cathryn Grant

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 5-21, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1

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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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

H Larkin, V Watchorn

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

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

S Ang, H Larkin, V Watchorn

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


Advocacy via human rights legislation : the application to assistive technology & accessible environments

V Watchorn, N Layton

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 117-138, Australian journal of human rights, Sydney, NSW, C1

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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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

My Active Life Program Evaluation

Ms Valerie Watchorn, Dr Kate Anderson, Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Joanne Watson, Mr Pearse Fay, Ms Sally Logan

Solve Disability Solutions Inc

  • 2022: $300
  • 2021: $68,965


No completed student supervisions to report