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Professor Ellie Fossey is Head of Occupational Therapy in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.
Professor Ellie Fossey completed her professional qualification in occupational therapy at Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy (now part of Oxford Brookes University) in England in 1980; graduated from City University, London with a Master degree in Health Psychology in 1993; and completed a Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Melbourne in 2009. She has worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services in London (UK), New Zealand and Australia, predominantly in community teams, supported housing and employment programs. Her academic career in occupational therapy began at the University of South Australia and includes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research at Coventry University and La Trobe University, prior to joining Monash University in 2015.
She is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Mental Health Academics (ANZOTMHA) Steering Group; The Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand (TheMHS) Network; and the National Mental Health Achievement Awards Assessment panel.
Ellie's research is predominantly directed towards understanding participation and disability, experiences of everyday living with mental health issues, and the ways in which people's participation in occupations of daily life may be impacted by ongoing health conditions. She is particularly interested in qualitative, collaborative and participatory approaches to undertaking research.
Her recent funded projects have focused on tertiary education experiences and support of students with disabilities, implementation and evaluation of recovery-oriented practices in mental health care, and evaluation of Prevention and Recovery Care services in Victoria; and typically involve interdisciplinary and interagency collaborations.
Professor Ellie Fossey currently supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. Recent completed supervised research projects include:
- Constructing recovery through occupational engagement: a participatory Photo-Voice study with people experiencing persistent mental health issues (PhD thesis)
- Moving clients forward: a grounded theory study of employment specialists’ views and practices (PhD thesis)
- Work participation after spinal cord injury in Bangladesh and the usefulness of the Worker Role Interview (PhD thesis)
- Capable and different: A grounded theory of studying at university for students with mental ill-health (PhD thesis)
- Perspectives of student disclosure of mental illness in postsecondary education (PhD thesis)
- Factors influencing participation in the workforce: Perspectives of people with upper limb loss (ClinScD thesis)
- Play matters: Evaluation of a schoolyard based group intervention (ClinScD thesis)
- Implementing recovery-oriented practices in primary mental health care (Masters thesis)
- Use of CAPE in Early in Life Mental Health Services to evaluate the occupational participation (Masters thesis)
- Implementing the Action over Inertia program: perspectives of adults experiencing persistent mental illness and occupational therapists (Masters thesis)
- Program evaluation of vocationally-focused workshops to assist consumers with mental illness in their journey to employment (Masters thesis)
- Time use and occupational engagement of adults with intellectual disability in supported living (Masters thesis)
- A consumer and staff collaboration initiative in a community mental health service (Masters thesis)
- Mixed methods investigation of weight stigma and occupational engagement (Honours thesis)
PhD, University of Melbourne
Award Date: 22 Aug 2009
Health Psychology, Master of Science (Health Psychology), City University London
… → 1993
Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University2015 → …
Honorary Research Associate, University of Melbourne2007 → …
Allied health use of iSAP for case-based and theoretical learning: Effectiveness for student learning outcomes, staffing and resource efficiency
29/05/18 → 31/03/20
A scoping review of the use of co-design methods with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to improve or adapt mental health servicesO’Brien, J., Fossey, E. & Palmer, V. J., Jan 2021, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 29, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
Meadows, G., Aadam, B., Buchanan-Hagen, S., Cugnetto, M., Daya, I., Farhall, J., Fernbacher, S., Fossey, E. M., Johnson, C. L., King, R., Mahboub, L., Minas, H., Petrakis, M., Roper, C., Sareen, N., Scanlan, J. N. & Wand, T., 5 Nov 2020, Mental Health and Collaborative Community Practice: An Australian Perspective. Meadows, G., Farhall, J., Fossey, E., Happell, B., McDermott, F. & Rosenberg, S. (eds.). 4th ed. Australia: Oxford University Press, p. 315-379 65 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (Book) › Other › peer-review
Barriers and facilitators to work participation for persons with lower limb amputations in Bangladesh following prosthetic rehabilitationStuckey, R., Draganovic, P., Ullah, M. M., Fossey, E. & Dillon, M. P., Oct 2020, In : Prosthetics and Orthotics International. 44, 5, p. 279-289 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Beyond Employment: A Broader Vision Linking Activity and Participation to Health, Well-Being, and RecoveryKrupa, T., Moll, S. & Fossey, E., 1 Sep 2020, In : Psychiatric Services. 71, 9, p. 956-958 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Other › peer-reviewOpen Access
Housing and Support Narratives of People Experiencing Mental Health Issues: Making My Place, My HomeFossey, E., Harvey, C. & McDermott, F., 10 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10, 14 p., 939.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Graham Meadows (Speaker), L Brophy (Organiser), Frances Shawyer (Speaker), Joanne Enticott (Speaker), Ellie Fossey (Speaker), C Thornton (Speaker), P Weller (Speaker), Elisabeth Wilson-Evered (Speaker), Vrinda Edan (Speaker) & Mike Slade (Speaker)10 Apr 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Contribution to conference