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Personal profile


Dr Alana Hewitt is an occupational therapy lecturer in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Faculty Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Alana’s academic career has involved undergraduate curriculum development, teaching and research in foundational first year occupational therapy units, evidence based practice, research design and the role of occupational therapists working with older adults. Prior to moving into academia Alana worked as an occupational therapist in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and community health.


Alana is a current member of the following professional associations:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Australian Association of Gerontology

Research interests

Alana's research interests include:

  • Healthy ageing
  • Life and occupational transitions, such as retirement transition
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Lifestyle Redesign
  • Health services research
  • Health education research

Supervision interests

Dr Alana Hewitt currently supervises honours research students. Recently completed projects include:

  • Ageing carers’ experience of planning housing transition for their adult child with a disability: A qualitative study.
  • Healthy behaviours, self-reported health and the impact of caring on women over 50 years.
  • Use of the Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART) for pre-discharge planning in sub-acute health care: Predictive validity and measurement of clinically relevant change.
  • Nothing to lose: A phenomenological study of upper limb nerve transfer surgery for individuals with tetraplegia.
  • Evaluation of the Intrarater reliability and other psychometrics of the Health Promoting Activity Scale.

Monash teaching commitment

Alana coordinates units across the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice programs including: OCC2022: Skills for evidence based practice 1; OCC3041: Skills for evidence based practice 2 and OCC4020: Humans as occupational beings.


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