Health Sciences

Susan Darzins, PhD in Allied and Public Health

"My studies focus is on investigating the validity, and clinical utility of the Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART). There is worldwide recognition of the need to develop practical measures of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health’s concept of  ‘participation’, defined as a person’s involvement in a life situation. This research is needed to establish the PC-PART’s value as a clinical outcome measure.

"I commenced my studies at a different university, and transferred to ACU in 2012, so that I could continue my studies with Professor Christine Imms as my primary supervisor. Christine moved to ACU at the end of 2011 to take up the new professorial position in Occupational Therapy here at ACU. Christine is everything a student could ever want in a supervisor…really! She is highly professional, very clever, collaborative, diligent, constructive in her feedback and always responsive to students’ needs. So for me, coming to ACU was an easy decision as a student!

"For the short time that I have been a student at ACU, I have found all the staff I have come into contact with to be very helpful and friendly. The ACU staff made the transition of my studies to ACU so easy. I have been really impressed by the range of learning opportunities that have already been presented to me.

One thing I’ve noticed at ACU so far is the extent to which on-line learning and video-conferencing is used to bring ACU staff and students together, from the different campuses. Another thing that has struck me about the ethos of ACU is an overt focus on respect and dignity towards people of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, and the focus on working ethically to promote change in our community, professions and industries."

Info on Doctor of Philosophy (Allied and Public Health)