Dr Alana Hewitt
Name: Alana Hewitt
Title in Occupational Therapy Department: Lecturer
Phone number: +613 9904 4171
Dr Alana Hewitt is a registered Occupational Therapist with a clinical background in community health and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Alana academic career has involved undergraduate curriculum development, teaching and research in foundational first year occupational therapy units; research design, evidence based practice and the role of occupational therapists working with older adults.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2015, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2017, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Australia
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) / Ergonomics, 2006, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia.
- Registered Occupational Therapist (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
- Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
- Member of Australian Association of Gerontology
- Older adults
- Retirement transition
- Life and occupational transitions
- Lifestyle Redesign
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Health Sciences Education
Joosten, A., Bray, P., Pepin, G., Darzins, S., & Hewitt, A. (2017.) Occupational Therapy Practice Contexts. In T., Brown, H., Bourke-Taylor, S., Isbel, R., Cordier (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Australia: Professional and Practice Issues. Melbourne: Allen and Unwin.
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
Muskett, R., Bourke-Taylor, H.M., & Hewitt, A. (2017). Intra-rater reliability of the Health Promoting Activities Scale. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.021162
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. and Feldman, S. (2010). Retirement: What will you do? A narrative inquiry of occupation-based planning for retirement: Implications for practice. Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(1), 8-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00820.x
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2017, 21st-24th June). Women’s voluntary retirement decisions: A conceptual framework. Paper accepted to be presented at Honouring our past. Shaping our future, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2016, 7th November). Retirement: An important time point to support individuals’ transition to a healthy older age. Invited to present at Faculty of Health Sciences and Institute for Health and Ageing Symposium titled: Emerging themes and emerging researchers in ageing research, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Australia.
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2015, 1 – 3 July). Making a decision to retire: What are the issues for women? What is the role for occupational therapy? Paper presented at Occupational Therapy Australia 26th National Conference, Melbourne, Victoria. (Oral presentation)
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2013, 25 – 26 November). Moving towards the unknown: Enabling active ageing in retirement. Presented at Enabling active ageing, 12th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference, Sydney, New South Wales. (Oral presentation)
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2013, 24 – 26 July). Is there a role for occupational therapy in supporting women’s decisions to retire? A grounded theory study. Paper presented at Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference, Adelaide, South Australia. (Oral presentation)
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. & Feldman, S. (2012, 6-9th June). Understanding women’s retirement decisions: Expanding the occupational therapy profession? Paper presented at Occupations and Practice through time, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Quebec City, Quebec (Oral presentation)
Hewitt, A., Howie, L. and Feldman, S. (2006). Retirement planning, meaningful occupations and successful ageing. What do these have in common? World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Sydney, Australia. (Poster presentation)