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Dr Susan Darzins Name: Dr Susan Darzins
Senior Lecturer (Occupational Therapy)
+613 9953 3149
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (VIC)
Building 403 - The Daniel Mannix Building (8-14 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 2-Room 403.2.35
Biographical Information

Susan is currently senior lecturer, course coordinator (Melbourne campus) and fourth year advisor for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program in the School of Allied Health. Susan graduated as an occupational therapist in South Australia during the 1980s. She worked in Newcastle, NSW, in a clinical occupational rehabilitation role where she came to love working with injured employees during their rehabilitation. She studied a Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Newcastle, investigating factors that influence heavy industry workers to use back protection behaviour. Susan then worked for several years at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in the area of vocational assessment. During this time she also gained experience as a problem-based learning tutor in the McMaster University Occupational Therapy program. Returning to Australia, Susan again worked in an occupational rehabilitation role before joining the school of occupational therapy at  La Trobe University as an academic in 2000. During her years at La Trobe University, Susan gained experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate-entry occupational therapy students, as well as post graduate occupational health and safety students. Susan has been employed as an academic in the School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University since November 2014. In 2016 she was awarded her doctoral degree. Her research focuses on validation of participatin-related otcome measures relevant to the practice of occupational therapy



Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M. (2016). Measurement of activity limitations and participation restrictions: examination of ICF-linked content and scale properties of the PC-PART and FIM instruments, Disability and Rehabilitation,

Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M., Radia-George, C. (2016). Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool: Clinical utility for inpatient rehabilitation, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy,

Fortune, T., Ennals, P., 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, 1470-1294 (online)

Prodinger, B., Darzins, S., Magasi, S., Baptiste, S. (2015). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): Revisiting its relevancy for Occupational Therapy, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 71:2, 108-114.

Darzins, S., Imms, C., Shields, N., Taylor, N.F. (2015). Responsiveness, construct and criterion validity of the Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART), Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 13:125.

Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M., Taylor, N., Pallant, J. (2014). Evaluation of the internal construct validity of the Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART) using Rasch analysis. BMC Health Services Research,14:543

Darzins, S., Imms, C., Di Stefano, M. (2013). Measurement properties of the Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART): a systematic review. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35 (4) 265-281.

Kunelius, A., Darzins, S., Cromie, J. (2007). Development of normative data for hand strength and anthropometric dimensions in a population of automotive workers, Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 28(3), 267-278

Darzins, P., Fone, S.  Darzins, S. (2006). Viewpoint: The international classification of functioning, disability and health can help to structure and evaluate therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 53, 127-131.

Mason, R., Darzins, S., Cromie, J. (2005). Workers&rsquo compensation insurance agents&rsquo satisfaction with occupational therapy activities of daily living assessments, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52, 225-231.

Quirk, M., Best, M., Darzins, S. (2004) An evaluation of the Victorian code of practice (manual handling) risk assessment worksheet, Occupational Health and Safety &ndash Australia and New Zealand, 20(4):359-369.

Stock, SR., Streiner, D., Reardon, R., Darzins, S., Dilworth, P., Tugwell, P., Lolsel, P. (1995)  The impact of neck and upper limb musculoskeletal disorders on the lives of affected workers:  development of a new functional status index. Quality of Life research, Vol 4 (491).


Susan's research focuses on validation and use of participation-related outcome measures relevant to occupational therapy practice. Susan is interested in research focused on measurement of the impact of occupational therapy services, particularly in inpatient health care settings. Her doctoral research focused on measurement properties of the Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART) when used in an inaptient rehabilitaiton setting.

Susan is also a co-investigator on an Australian Government Department of Health funded  randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of embedding simulation based learning into occupational therapy education as replacement of professional education hours.


Susan is an experienced academic with responsibility for developing and leading both large and small group-based curricula, Problem Based Learning, as well as Blended learning (face-to-face and online) study units. She has experience in developing and delivering Bachelor level programs and Graduate Entry Master Occupational Therapy programs.She has supervised Honours and Masters level research students.

Susan's teaching has touched on adult and older adult physical health and rehabilitation; assessment and measurement in occupational therapy; occupational rehabilitation; occupational health and safety; models relevant to occupational therapy practice; humans as occupational beings; and ageing and participtaion.

Professional Memberships

Registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Occupational Therapy Australia Limited.

World Federation of Occupational Therapists


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