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Dr Barclay is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She has been Course Coordinator of the Masters of Occupational Therapy by Practice Course since 2019. Dr Barclay has been involved in developing curriculum and has taught extensively in both the occupational therapy under graduate and Masters by Practice degrees in Occupational Therapy.

Dr Barclay has extensive clinical experience working with people with acquired disability, in particular spinal cord injury. Her research program focuses on maximising the community integration outcomes for people with spinal cord injury (SCI), specifically through facilitation of return to work and harnessing the role of peer mentors through appropriate training and service delivery. Other research interests focus on inclusion of people with lived experience of disability in currculum design and delivery, and the value of hospital-based occupational therapy services for older people being discharged from acute wards. She has been awarded a number of research grants by the TAC, including investigation of community integration models for people with SCI, and development of an integrated framework for spinal cord injury peer support in collaboration with industry partners AQA SPIRE.

Research interests

Facilitation of social participation and community integration following spinal cord injury, including return to work and study.

Collaboration with people with lived experience of disability in curriculum design and implementation.

Peer-led interventions for people with spinal cord injury including training of peer mentors.

Impact of occupational therapy on discharge and readmission of older people with chronic medical conditions.

Monash teaching commitment

Course Coordinator Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice. Unit coordinator OCC4030 and OCC4040. Teaches into OCC4010.

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Participation
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Disability


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