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Associate Professor Tracy Fortune Head of Dept, OT, Soc Work & Soc Policy, Off Allied Hlth,Human Svc&Sport

Tracy is Head of Department: Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Before joining La Trobe in 2003, Tracy taught in and later managed the occupational therapy program at Charles Sturt University. Her academic practice has traversed teaching and course leadership and has incorporating research into learning, teaching and academic identity. In 2013 she was awarded an OLT National Teaching Citation / Award for innovative work related to project based learning.

Tracy is interested in supporting academics and students to grow as scholars. With her colleagues and higher degree students, she is currently immersed in research exploring: project based learning in higher education, internationalisation and global citizenship, mental health and wellbeing through occupation.

Tracy 's own higher degree research utilised qualitative approaches to understand occupation. Her Master's degree focused on the professional reasoning and identity among British child & adolescent occupational therapists. Tracy's PhD involved an ethnographic exploration of acute inpatient mental health environments for older people and the extent to which these environments enabled or constrained the occupations of people (both service users and providers) within them.

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