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Biography

As an Occupational Therapist I have enjoyed empowering people to overcome emotional, physical, cognitive or social barriers in daily life. Since graduating in the mid-1970s I have worked in various settings including general rehabilitation; stroke rehabilitation; rheumatology; amputations; mental health (both acute and long-term stay); occupational rehabilitation; paediatrics; palliative care; orthopaedics; dementia; medico legal; policy development and management in Australia. I have also practiced with children and adults in both Fiji and China.

My endeavours in Fiji for the last thirty years have contributed to raising the profile of people with disability and changing the way they are perceived within Fijian society..

My endeavours in China have contributed to increased understanding and management of children with Autism. In many cases it has empowered parents to accept their children and provide the environments that assist these children to reach their potential.

As a teacher I have worked in both universities and high schools teaching communication; general English; scientific English, Educational Psychology, research skills and aspects of Occupational Therapy. Since training as a teacher I have taught at the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle; in Australia and in China; South Africa; Uganda and Kenya.

As a representative of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists I taught Occupational Therapy in northern..

I have a passion for teaching and my experience in various practice and educational settings allows me to assist students in many areas. I use mixed methods studies to validate my teaching and to enhance student learning. Findings from such research are generally presented at state, national international conferences.

Since joining the Occupational Therapy (OT) program in 2002, I have developed new courses in Occupational Science; Introducing Occupational Therapy; Paediatrics; transitioning into practice and communication. During this time I have lectured in Mental Health, Group work; Palliative Care, Intellectual Disabilities, Rural and Remote practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples health and occupations; transitioning into practice and developing relevant OT programs. I have been instrumental in supporting overseas students as they develop both their language skills and their competence to function in Australia. While teaching at UoN, my skill in teaching, my research and my experience have contributed to the transformation of many students as they discover their potential, overcome barriers of many kinds and become enthused by my commitment to bringing dignity and worth to all individuals. In recognition of my commitment to quality teaching, I received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support (2007).

I have had various publications including journal articles, book chapters and books, based upon current evidence. The second edition of Communication: Core interpersonal skills for health professionals (2012), a well-researched book is used in courses for health professionals around the world.

I have also jointly edited a ground breaking book Occupation Analysis in Practice (2011) with Lynette Mackenzie. This book presents a holistic analysis of occupation for practice which some consider a novel approach for Occupational Therapists.

I actively support colleagues in both Iran and China where particular relevant health professions are developing research knowledge and skill.

I have been part of three teams receiving grant funding from the UoN, Centre for Teaching and Learning to research and develop relevant resources for students and staff of the university.

I am currently developing programs for local primary schools to ensure all kindergarten children have the opportunity to reach their potential. I am however committed to assisting OT students reach their potential through research and quality teaching.

Qualifications

  • Master of Educational Studies (TESOL), University of Newcastle, 19/07/2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma of TEFL, University of Sydney, 28/02/1992
  • Diploma of Occupational Therapy, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, 15/03/1975
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 07/05/1981

Research

Research keywords

  • Cultural Competence
  • Enhancing Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Familiy/person-centred practice
  • Reflection

Research expertise

Communicating in Health practice

Enhancing student learning;

Characteristics of family/Person-centred practice;

Skills in developing cultural competence while communicating during practice.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130202Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development50
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified25
119999Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified25

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Occupational Therapy Australia

Collaboration

I have been a team member on various research projects with people from within the University of Newcastle staff including Public Health, Speech Pathology and staff from Wollotuka and the Family Action Centre. This research has promoted cultural awareness and competence along with encourgaing social inclusion within the university community.

I have also been involved in research with academics from Occupational Therapy programs from other universities in Australia, China and Iran.

I have also collaborated with staff across the School of Health Sciences to enhance student learning, develop relevant assessments and develop meaningful and relevant curriculum

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Course coordinating

Curriculum Development

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Accreditation

Professional Placement Supervision and Monitoring

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Communication
  • Group Process
  • Occupational Therapy in Practice
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychosocial Health
  • Transitioning to Practice

Teaching expertise

I have taught many subjects since joining the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Newcastle. These include:

Introductory OT, Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice; Paediatrics, Psychosocial Health/Mental Health, Group Process, Specialty Skills (Burns, Amputations, Oncology, Intellectual Disability), Transitioning to Practice, Occupational Science from an international perspective and OT Program Development.

I have also been responsible for supervision and organisation of Professional Placements for various year within the program.

Research Honours supervision is a regular part of my workload.

I have coordinated First Year, Third Year and Fourth Year of the OT degree as well as coordinating various courses within the degree across four years of the program.

I have consistently provided language and cultural support for Overseas OT students.

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Publications

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Book (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012O'Toole G, Communication : Core interpersonal skills for health professionals, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW, 369 (2012) [A4]
2011Mackenzie LA, O'Toole G, Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, 396 (2011) [A3]
2008O'Toole G, Communication: Core Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, NSW, 332 (2008) [A2]
2006O'Toole E, O'Toole G, O'Toole JM, Highlights! Teaching guide. Set 2, Blake Education, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 300 (2006) [A2]
2006O'Toole G, Highlights! Series Level 1, Blake Education, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 300 (2006) [A2]
2006O'Toole E, O'Toole G, O'Toole JM, Highlights! Teaching guide. Set 1, Blake Education, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 300 (2006) [A2]
2006O'Toole G, Highlights! Series Level 2, Blake Education, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 300 (2006) [A2]
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Chapter (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011O'Toole G, Ashby SE, Fussell MC, 'Dementia and occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 163-176 (2011) [B2]

Co-authors: SAMANTHA ASHBY

2011O'Toole G, 'Indigenous peoples and occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 195-204 (2011) [B2]
2011O'Toole G, 'Analysing the occupation components of self-care', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 99-114 (2011) [B2]
2011O'Toole G, 'Models to inform occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 25-34 (2011) [B2]
2011Mackenzie LA, O'Toole G, 'The relationship of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to occupation analysis', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 35-52 (2011) [B2]
2011O'Toole G, 'What is occupation analysis?', Occupation Analysis in Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 3-24 (2011) [B2]
2007O'Toole G, 'Can assessment of students attitudes assist both the teaching and learning process as well as ultimate performance in professional practice', Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment, Springer, Berlin 468-474 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Shafaroodi N, Kamali M, Parvizy S, Mehraban AH, O'Toole G, 'Factors affecting clinical reasoning of occupational therapists: A qualitative study', Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 28 (2014)
2012Bahramizadeh M, Mousavi ME, Rassafiani M, Aminian G, Ebrahimi I, Karimlou M, O'Toole G, 'The effect of floor reaction ankle foot orthosis on postural control in children with spastic cerebral palsy', Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 36 71-76 (2012) [C1]
2010Surjan Y, Chiarelli PE, Dempsey SE, Lyall DG, O'Toole G, Snodgrass SN, Tessier JW, 'The experience of implementing an interprofessional first year course for undergraduate health science students: The value of acting on student feedback', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 7 1-17 (2010) [C1]
2004O'Toole JM, O'Toole G, 'Specialist language style and supposedly adept monolingual science students', International Journal of Learning, 9 1201-1214 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: MITCH OTOOLE

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Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013O'Toole G, 'The reality or rhetoric of family/person-centred practice within Occupational Therapy service provision: A model to guide practice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, SA (2013)
2013Gill A, O'Toole G, 'Exploring the effects of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) upon family satisfaction and goal achievement for families /children aged 5-16 experiencing chronic neuromuscular physical conditions', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, SA (2013)
2013O'Toole G, 'Achieving professional writing in practice: What do students find difficult when learning about professional writing'', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, SA (2013)
2011O'Toole G, ''Every experience provides an opportunity for learning': Evaluating the role of Reflection in practice', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011O'Toole G, 'A pilot study informing the supervisory process: What does the supervisee value?', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2009O'Toole G, 'Reflecting cultural inclusivity in the curriculum and classroom', IAACS 2009, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2009) [E3]
2007O'Toole G, 'Using an intensive learning experience to expand monocultural perspectives', Learning Conference 2007: 14th International Conference on Learning. Abstracts, Johannesburg, South Africa (2007) [E3]
2005O'Toole G, 'Sensory integration: The theory', 2005 International Occupational Therapy Conference, Qingdao, China (2005) [E3]
2005O'Toole G, 'What do we need to be able to write?', 2005 International Occupational Therapy Conference, Qingdao, China (2005) [E3]
2005O'Toole G, 'Causes and cures: Overcoming apprehension toward fieldwork', 2005 International Occupational Therapy Conference, Qingdao, China (2005) [E3]
2005O'Toole G, 'Exploring the knowledge and needs of students before introducing the childhood occupation of play into the curriculum', 2005 International Occupational Therapy Conference, Qingdao, China (2005) [E3]
2005O'Toole G, 'Naughty or needy?: Assessment of and intervention for children with autism in Australia', 2005 International Occupational Therapy Conference, Qingdao, China (2005) [E3]
2004O'Toole G, 'Facilitating positive attitudes toward mental health in occupational therapy students', OT Australia NSW Conference 2004: Transforming Communities: Book of Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2004) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$2,800

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2007 (1 grants)

14th International Conference on LEARNING, Johannesburg, RSA, 26/6/2007 - 29/6/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mrs Gjyn O'Toole
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187782

2005 (1 grants)

The First International Conference on Enhancing teaching and learning through assessment, 13-15 June 2005$1,100
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Mrs Gjyn O'Toole
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,10020052005
GNo:G0185438
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Mrs Gjyn O'Toole

Work Phone(02) 4921 6312
Fax(02) 4921 7053
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOccupational Therapy
Office
HB04,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/gjyn-otoole