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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. Tracy is a Fellow of HERDSA - the Australasian scholarly society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education. In 2013 Tracy 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, teaching scholarship in HDR students, internationalisation & global citizenship, mental health & wellbeing through occupation. Tracy actively reviews manuscript submissions for discipline and higher education journals and is Associate Editor - HERD Journal.

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 mental health occupational therapists and her PhD was an ethnographic study of acute inpatient mental health environments for older people.

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