Dr Alana Hewitt

Name: Alana Hewitt

Researcher Profile

Title in Occupational  Therapy Department:

Phone number
: +613 9904 4171
Email: alana.hewitt@monash.edu

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.

Professional Associations:

  • Registered Occupational Therapist (Australian  Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
  • Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Member of Australian Association of Gerontology

Research Interests:

- Older adults
- Retirement transition
- Life and occupational transitions
- Lifestyle Redesign
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Health Sciences Education


Book chapters:

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

Conference Presentations

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)