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Dr Natasha Layton is an occupational therapist practicing, researching and teaching in the areas of assistive technology (AT), disability, and outcomes. She works locally and nationally in Australia with a range of consumer groups, government and the non-profit sector. Dr Layton consults globally to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Co-Operation on AT Initiative, and has represented Australian Standards as the Australian expert to ISO TC173/Sc2/WG12 Assistive Products, for the last decade. She is a founding member of the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO) on behalf of Australia’s peak body for AT, ARATA.

Dr Layton's PhD study concerned the costs and outcomes of disability supports in Australia. Her research interests include the relationship between practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice, and the nexus between research, policy and practice. Experienced in mixed methods, inclusive and co-designed research, she re-developed several research tools to access hard-to-reach populations. Over the last decade Dr Layton has worked on research grants worth almost $500,000 and publishedover  30 peer reviewed publications including a dozen book chapters, many in collaboration with consumers. 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Assistive Technology Solutions as Mediators of Equal Outcomes, Deakin University

Award Date: 9 Oct 2014

External positions

Adjunct Industry Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

2020 → …

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