Dr Rosie Bruce

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Dr Rosie Bruce


Teaching areas

  • OCC201 Occupational Therapy Theory
  • OCC312 Enabling Occupation: The Older Person
  • OCC101 Concepts in Human Occupation
  • OCC202 Therapeutic Skills
  • OCC321 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Research areas

  • sensory modulation use for inpatient and rehabilitation settings
  • mental illness lived experience and stigma effects on occupation
  • effective use of multidisciplinary teams in mental health services
  • children of parents who have a mental illness
  • mental health service systems
  • how mental health policy and legislation development affects our clients' occupational needs
  • older persons and mental health
  • oncology, occupation and emotional well-being
  • needs of tertiary education students who have autism spectrum disorder


Dr Rosie Bruce PhD has completed a PhD in the field of Science and completed an honours degree in the field of Science (Class I) and also a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, has experience in research, lecturing and worked in occupational therapy clinical practice for 14 years. Rosie also has experience as a senior level mental health occupational therapist, supervised occupational therapist clinicians, provided consultation to local district mental health services in relation to occupational therapy services and contributed to the establishment of the public health sector Health Practitioners Award Levels through work as a Senior Mental Health Workforce Officer.

She has also worked as a Project Manager, Senior Legislation and Policy Officer and worked in statewide mental health service clinical reform in the public health sector. In her clinical experience, she has worked with clients who have a variety of conditions including: mental illness, chronic respiratory conditions, diabetes, cardiac conditions, arthritis, intellectual disability and substance abuse and addiction. Her work has involved working closely with families/significant others to support clients to achieve better health and wellbeing.

She has also worked in the areas of mental health residential rehabilitation services, acute care mental health services and aged care. Rosie was a Delta Pet Partner Program Accredited Pet Assisted Therapy volunteer with her dog Bentley between 2004 until 2009 and they visited various inpatient units at the Royal Children’s Hospital when it was based in Herston.

In 2017 Rosie was nominated twice (a student and a staff nomination) for a USC learning and teaching Advance Award.

New projects from 2017 onward, include research partnerships focused on improving clinical practice and applied research in the areas of: brief family therapy for child and youth mental health, falls prevention for older persons with complex mental and physical health conditions, recovery-oriented service delivery and the consumer and carer peer support workforce.

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