Dr Kieran Broome

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Dr Kieran Broome


Teaching areas

  • OCC202 Occupational Therapy Skills
  • OCC422 Occupational Therapy Thesis

Research areas

  • professional issues in Occupational Therapy
  • ageing wellness
  • diabetes and chronic disease
  • ergonomics
  • clinical evaluative research


Dr Kieran Broome joined the USC occupational therapy team in 2009 as a Lecturer. Kieran balances his part-time university appointment, with clinical practice and project management. He currently works two days per week in the public sector, working within a cardiac, respiratory and diabetes service. He also runs a private practice.

Kieran is highly motivated to providing high quality university teaching, as evidence by student feedback. He has a passion for innovative, engaging, captivating and creative teaching and learning. His mission as a university educator is to enable graduates to feel confident and competent in core professional skills that are fundamental to all areas of practice.

He maintains a strong research focus for the university, and embeds this in his teaching and practice. Leading the development of the current Occupational Therapy Honours pathway, he takes on the key role of Occupational Therapy Honours Coordinator. He mentors aspiring Honours and Masters research students to develop their research skills and tackle important clinical questions asked by the occupational therapy profession. He also continues his own research agenda in two key areas; ageing wellness and chronic disease (primarily diabetes) self-management. His accessible transport studies follow-on from his Doctoral studies where he both developed and evaluated age-friendly guidelines for public buses and their effect on the travel and social participation of older adults.

Prior to joining the University of the Sunshine Coast, Kieran had a diverse and varied career incorporating university teaching, research, and practice in areas such as community health, hospital-based rehabilitation, workplace rehabilitation, aged care, palliative care and prison health.

Kieran is a strong advocate of practice scholarship and continued professional development through both formal training and reflective practice. He is a registered Occupational Therapist in Queensland. He is also an active member of his professional association, and is currently Chairman of the Queensland Division of Occupational Therapy Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, with a focus on the health of circus performers.


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