Dr Tracy

Dr Tracy Fortune

Entry Level Courses Coordinator, Occupational Therapy, Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health

HS3-416, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Living with Disability Research Centre

Qualifications

BAppSc(Occ.Ther) (La Trobe) MSc (East Lon) PhD (U Syd) Grad Cert Higher Ed (La Trobe)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Higher Education Research and Development, Australasia; OTAustralia. (Associate Fellow)

Area of study

Occupational Therapy

Brief profile

Tracy is Entry Level Courses Coordinator, Discipline of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University.  Tracy's primary teaching responsibility sits within the Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Program. She is actively involved in onging curriculum development.  Beginning her academic career in 1996, Tracy had responsibility for developing, teaching and later managing the undergraduate occupational therapy program at Charles Sturt University.

Tracy is interested in supporting academics and students to grow as scholars. She also has a particular interest in how students develop a social justice and political 'mindset' and this interest informs her research and curriculum development work.   Tracy is currently leading an LTU funded, institution wide research and teaching project focussed on develop global citizenship capabilities among students.

Tracy 's research has utilised qualitative approaches to understand occupation. Her Master's degree focused on her interest in the area of occupation and clinical reasoning;  her dissertation explored the extent to which British occupational therapists working in child and adolescent mental health drew from an occupational paradigm to inform their professionl reasoning.  Tracy's  PhD involved an ethnographic exploration of the occupational environment of acute inpatient mental health facilities for older people.  

Tracy is committed to exploring innovative approaches to teaching and learning, the development of health promotion and project management skills among occupational therapists, and in enabling occupational therapists within inpatient mental health facilities to work more collaboratively and with influence.

Tracy is a recipient of an OLT National Teaching Citation.  In 2013 she was awarded a Faculty of Health Sciences and a La Trobe University Teaching Citation for developing an engaging, student-directed, project-based learning program that enables occupational therapy students to practise capabilities critical to influencing change in the broader health system.

 

Teaching units

OCT5MSP: Macro Stategies for Professional Practice

OCT5OTF: Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice

OCT5OTA - Occupation: Foundations in Occupational Science and Therapy

Tracy supervises Higher Degree Students.

Recent publications

Peer reviewed publications

Peseta, T., Fortune, T., Jones, A., Barradell, S. & Kennedy-Jones, M. (2017) Returning history to the educational formation of health professionals in Australia. Teaching in Higher Education (accepted 17/5/2017).

Carra, K., Kohn, H., D’Cruz, K., Fortune, T. Ennals, P. (2017) Being and becoming an academic: Reflections on identity reconstruction among occupational therapy academics. British Journal of Occupational Therapy (accepted 21/2/2017).

Fortune, T., Ennals E., Bhopti, A., Neilson, C., Darzins, S. & Bruce, C. (2016) Bridging identity ‘chasms’: Occupational therapy academics’ reflections on the journey toward scholarship. Teaching in Higher Education. 21, 3, 313-325. DOI:10.1080/13562517.2016.1141289

Ennals, P., Fortune, T., Wlliams, A.E. & D'Cruz, K. (2016)  Shifting occupational identity: Doing, being, becoming and belonging in the academy. Higher Education Research & Development. 35, 3, 433-446.

Doroud, N., Fossey, E., & Fortune, T. (2015) Recovery as an occupational journey: a scoping review exploring the link between occupational engagement and recovery for people with enduring mental health issues. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62. 378-392.

Whatley, E, Fortune T., Williams, A. E. (2015) Building community to enable occupational participation and social inclusion: An ethnographic exploration. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62 (6) 428-437..

Fortune, T. & Kennedy-Jones, M. (2014) Occupation and its relationship to health and wellbeing: The threshold concept for occupational therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 61 (5) 293-298.

Kennedy, J. & Fortune, T.  (2014) Women's experience of being in an acute psychiatric unit: An occupational perspective. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 77 (6) 296-303.

McKinstry, C. & Fortune, T. (2014) Realising our social and occupational value: Could a graduate oversupply push occupational therapy in the right direction.Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 (4) 284-286.

Fortune, T., Ennals, P. & Kennedy-Jones, M. (2014) The hero’s journey: Uncovering threshold barriers, dispositions and practices among occupational therapy students.  In C. O'Mahony, A. Buchanan, M. O'Rourke & B. Higgs (eds). Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of Practice. NAIRTL: Cork, Ireland (e-publication). pp.56-61.

Wood, R., Fortune, T. & McKinstry, C. (2013) The perspectives of occupational therapists working in primary health promotion. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 60, 161-70.

Fortune, T., Ryan, S. & Adamson, L. (2013) Transition to practice in supercomplex environments: Are occupational therapy graduatess adequately prepared? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal60, 217-220.

Fortune, T. & McKinstry, C. (2012) Project-based fieldwork: Perspectives of graduate entry students and project sponsors. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59, 265-275.

Fortune, T. (2012) Should higher education curriculum develop political acumen among students? Higher Education Research and Development, 31 (4), 611-613.

Fortune, T. (2010) Invited Commentary [Occupational therapy in the modern adult acute mental health setting: A review of current practice by C. Lloyd, & P. Williams.] International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17, 489-493.

Smith, B. Hassett, A. Harrington, S. Fortune, T. (2010) A profile of inpatient admissions to an aged psychiatric service in Victoria. Australasian Psychiatry, 2. 146-151.

Fortune, T. & Fitzgerald, M.H. (2009) The challenge of interdisciplinary collaboration in acute psychiatry: Impacts on the occupational milieu. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 56, 81-88.

Hassett, A, Fortune, T and Smith, B. (2007) Mental health care for our ageing Australian population. Australasian Psychiatry. 15, 480-483.

Fortune, T., Ryan, R., Garlick R. & Farrell, J. (2007) Touching their lives: North-Western Mental Health’s approach to practice development in Aged Persons’ Mental Health. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.16, 147-155.

Fortune, T., Maguire, N. & Carr, L. (2006) Older consumers’ participation in the planning and delivery of mental health care: A collaborative service development project. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 54, 70-74.

Fortune, T., Farnworth, L. & McKinstry, C. (2006) Project focused fieldwork: Core business or fieldwork fillers? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.53, 233-236.

Fortune, T. (2000) Occupational therapists: Is our therapy truly occupational or are we merely filling gaps? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 225-230.

Conference presentations

Fortune, T., Ennals, P.,Neilson, C.,Bruce, C.  & Bhopti, A. Collegiality, kindness and care in the measured university: Huh?  Academic Life in the Measured University: Pleasures, paradoxes & politics. 5th International Academic Identities Conference, Sydney, July 2016

Fortune, T., Barradell, S., Peseta, T. Being and becoming a professional: Restoring history to the education of health professions. Academic Life in the Measured University: Pleasures, paradoxes & politics. 5th International Academic Identities Conference, Sydney, July 2016

Lynch, C., Fortune, T. & Barrett, C. (2015) Sexuality as an occupational issue: Perceptions of occupational therapists in practice. Changes, Challenges, Choices. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62, p. 74. O159.

Doroud, S. N., Fossey, E. & Fortune, T. (2015)  Changes, Challenges, Choices:26th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Melbourne , July 1-3rd. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62, p. 42, O36

Ennals, P., Williams, A., Kohn, H., Darzins, S., Neilson, C., McKinstry, C.  & Fortune, T. (2015) Growing scholarship by researching an academic community of practice. Changes, Challenges, Choices: 26th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Melbourne , July 1-3rd. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62, p. 90, O223.

Carra, K., Kohn, H., D’Cruz, K., Fortune, T. Ennals, P. (2015). Being and becoming an academic: Reflections on identity reconstruction among occupational therapy academics, Changes, Challenges, Choices: 26th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Melbourne , July 1-3rd. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62, p. 45, O45

Ennals, P., Fortune, T., D’Cruz, K., Williams, A. & Kohn, H. Growing scholarship by researching an academic community of practice, Doing well together: 6th Asian Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress, Rotorua, NZ 14-17th September.

Fortune, T., Barradell, S., Kennedy-Jones, M. & Jones, A. Understanding threshold concepts: The importance of disciplinary history. In, Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference. Threshold Concepts in Practice. Durham (U.K.) 9-11th July, 2014. 

Fortune, T., Ennals. P. & D'Cruz, K.  Shifting occupational identity: envisioning ourselves as scholars. In Proceedings of the 4th International Academic Identities Conference. Screaming in a 20-mile zone: Academic Identities in 2014. Durham (U.K.) July 8-9, 2014.  

Fortune, T., Ennals, P. & Kennedy-Jones, M. The hero’s journey: Uncovering threshold barriers, dispositions and practices among occupational Therapy students In Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference: From personal practice to communities of practice, Trinity College, Dublin, June 27-30, 2012.

Morgan, S., Fortune, T., & Menz, H. Increasing occupational engagement and falls reduction in sedentary older adults: An evaluation of the NoFalls Exercise Program. (Poster presentation) In Proceedings of the 14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Sydney, 23-28th July 2006.

Fortune, T. Project management competencies for allied health professionals. In, Proceedings of the 6th National Allied Health Conference Melbourne, February 2005.

Stoker, L & Fortune, T. Training, workforce and organisational development needs of youth services and youth workers: A NSW perspective. In, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Drugs and Young People. Sydney, May 2002.

Fortune, T. & Hanson, T. The Youth Services Training Project: Building capacity to respond to drug and alcohol issues in young people. In, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Drugs and Young People. Sydney, May 2002

Older publications

 Fortune, T. (1999) Students' fieldwork stories: Reflecting on supervision. In Thinking and reasoning in therapy: Narratives from practice, eds, S. Ryan & E. McKay, Stanley Thornes: Cheltenham.  

 Fortune, T. (1996) The proto-occupation/occupation interface: An exploration of human occupation and its symbolic origins. Journal of Occupational Science, Australia , 3 , 86-92.  

Fortune, T ., Ryan, S. (1996) Applying clinical reasoning: A caseload management system for community occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 59, 207-211.    

Conference Presentations

Fortune, T. Wilding, C. & Adamson, L. Contemporary practice issues: Preparing undergraduates for graduate realities. In Proceedings of the 20th AAOT National Conference, Canberra, 1999.  

Fortune, T., Brown, G., McKay, E. & Coe, R. Clinical reasoning: Transforming teaching, learning and practice.  In, Proceedings of the 12th WFOT International Congress, Montreal, Canada 1998.  

Fortune, T. & Kettlewell, L. Caseload weighting for community occupational therapists. In Proceedings of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, National Conference, Edinburgh 1995.      

Research projects

Current Projects

LTU SOTL Project Lead with Dell Horey & Toula Nicolacopoulos: Building Academic Excellence in Global Citizenship Education.

Chief Investigator: Global citizenship and social justice: Exploring higher education discourse - with Dell Horey, Emiko Kashima, Toula Nicolacopoulos & Bernice Mathisen.

Chief Investigator: The conceptions and practices of occupational therapy practitioners regarding sexuality; with: Claire Lynch (Clin Doc Candidate); Catherine Barrett (Associate Investigator). 

Co-Investigator: Growing Scholarship: An action research inquiry into developing identity and practice among occupational therapy academics. with: Priscilla Ennals & Colleagues.

Associate Investigator: Goal setting and recovery among people living with mental illness: with Nastaran Doroud (PhD candidate); Ellie Fossey (Chief Investigator)

Associate Investigator: with Jill Maglio (Masters Candidate); Carol McKinstry (Chief Investigator).

Recent Past Projects

Chief Investigator: The Schoolyard Participation Project; with: Allison Cox (Clin Doc Candidate); Ellie Fossey (Associate Investigator) & Elspeth Froude (Associate Investigator).

Chief Investigator: Supporting Social Inclusion in Community Gardening: The role of the occupational environment; with Elise Whatley (Masters Candidate) & Anne Williams (Associate Investigator).

Chief Investigator: The experience of community based health workers in primary health promotion: An occupational perspective; with: Rebecca Wood (Honours Candidate) & Dr Carol McKinstry (Associate Investigator).