Helen Bourke-Taylor

Assoc Professor

1995 …2021

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Helen Bourke-Taylor is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Helen worked as an occupational therapist in paedatrics and with adults in neurorehabilitation in both Melbourne and Chicago USA. 

Helen is a Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy. Helen’s research interests include participation and education issues for children and young people with disabilities, support for families, maternal health and wellbeing, and psychometrics related to scale and outcome tool development. Helen is author of 80 peer reviewed publications and substantial grant funding in high impact community activities.

Helen is co-author and co-presenter of the evidence-informed Healthy Mothers Healthy Families workshop, which aims to empower women who have additional family care responsibilities, towards better health and wellbeing.  The site is freely available here: https://healthymothers-healthyfamilies.com/. Online and other training for health practitoners who wish to include health promoting activty coaching is now available (see website). 

Helen has four psychometrically sound assessment tools including the Health Promoting Activities Scale, the Child’s Challenging Behaviour Scale, the Assistance to Participate Scale and the MyFACE (My Families Community Accessibility and Engagement).

Helen is second editor on the first occupational therapy specific text book in Australia. The second editon of the textbook was publsihed in 2021. Helen has served as Associate Editor, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; Editorial Board Member of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics; in a Research Consultancy role with the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, (Melbourne Australia) and the Association for Children with a Disability Victoria to upscale delivery of the Healthy Mothers program. Helen has advised and contributed to numerous projects at an Australian Federal Government level including new criteria for carer payment carer allowance (carer income support); education modules for the Carer Gateway; young carer bursary payment and school education resources for students with type one diabetes.

Research Interests and specific skills:

Evidence based practice in occupational therapy, particularly paediatric practice

Outcome tool development

Packaging interventions online and for face to face delivery including embedding outcome measures 

Maternal health and wellbeing

Family focused research

Online teaching and learning

Occupational therapy curriculum

Advancement of occupational therapy and allied health research

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Online Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate certificate, Governors State University

Award Date: 12 Apr 2011

Occupational Therapy, PhD, La Trobe University

Award Date: 24 Oct 2010

Occupational Therapy, Master of Science, University of Indianapolis

Award Date: 4 Jun 2001

Occupational Therapy, BAppSc, La Trobe University

Award Date: 18 Apr 1990

External positions

Research and consultancy, Cerebral Palsy Education Centre

4 Apr 2010 → …

Research area keywords

  • mothers
  • childhood disability
  • Families
  • outcome measures
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy, Emotional/Social
  • Evidence-Based Practice


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