Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Trina Phuah

 Trina Phuah

BA, BOccTher(Hons), MOT and Grad.Cert (Learn&TeachHigherEd)

Trina joined the occupational therapy team at Charles Sturt University in 2013 after ten years of clinical practice.
Prior to CSU, Trina was based in Melbourne and worked for Yooralla's ComTEC service for several years. She has expertise in the selection and support of complex computer access, environmental control and communication technology options. Trina's role at Yooralla also included developing and delivering workshops for Assistive Technology Learning - the education arm of the Independent Living Centre and ComTEC.
Clinically, Trina has also worked in paediatric roles in community settings and at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne where she has provided services to children with diverse occupational issues arising from both acquired and congenital impairments. Her various roles encompassed areas such as orthopaedics, neuromuscular conditions, rheumatology, prosthetic training with children with limb deficiency and implementing time-limited, goal-directed intervention within the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. Trina has presented at several national and international conferences and has completed post graduate studies including a Masters of Occupational Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Positions and Roles
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy representative on the School of Community Health Curriculum Learning and Teaching Committee

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Teaching

Subjects Delivered
  • OCC204 Enabling strategies: Environmental adaptation and assistive technologies
  • OCC300 Enabling strategies: Working with individuals
Innovations in Teaching

Use of collaborative documents, Google forms, social media and other digital tools to support student learning and engagement.

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Research and Publications

Research interests include the selection and support of digital assistive technology, particularly high tech communication devices and complex computer access; clinical reasoning and knowledge translation.

Trina is also interested in the use of social media for student engagement, professional learning and networking and can be found Tweeting at @TrinaOT.

List of Publications
  • Phuah, T. & Turnbull, H. (2015, May). Hashtags, Tweets and more. Poster presented at the AGOSCI Conference, Brisbane, QLD.
  • Layton, N., Steel, E., Friesen, E. & Phuah, T. (2015). ARATA's response to the NDIA's assistive technology discussion paper.
  • Phuah, T. (2014, November). May the forms be with you: Google Forms in teaching. CSUEd, Albury-Wodonga, NSW.
  • Friesen, E.L., Phuah, T. & Comino, E.J. (2014). Writing conference abstracts: a guide for Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology practitioners
    Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technologies, 2: 23233.
  • Phuah, T. (2013, November). Teaching in the cloud. CSUEd, Bathurst, NSW. Phuah, T. & Turnbull, H. (2014, May). Hashtags, retweets, tweetchats and more: Welcome to the wonderful world of twitter. Paper presented at the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • Cook, B., Pennman, M., Hamilton, A., Coolhaas, L., Phuah, T. & Sullivan, A. (2013, July). Social Media in the Contemporary CPD Climate. Poster presented at the OT Australia 25th National Conference, Adelaide, SA.
  • Phuah, T. & Harraway, D. (2013, May). Social media and AAC: What are the options, how do they work? Paper presented at the AGOSCI National Conference, Sydney, NSW.
  • Phuah, T. (2012, August). Bridging the GApp: A Rating Scale For Voice Output App Selection. Paper presented at the Australian Rehabilitation Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) National Conference, Sydney, NSW.
  • Phuah, T. (2012, May). Avoiding the technolusion: What does it really take for success with technology? Paper presented at the Spectronics Inclusive Technologies Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • Phuah, T. & Harraway, D. (2011, May). Mounting systems: Taking your AAC to the streets and beyond. Paper presented at the AGOSCI National Conference, Adelaide, SA.
  • Phuah, T. (2010, December). Complex Integrated Systems: A Model for Service Delivery and Support. Invited keynote presentation at the Information Technology Resource Centre forum, Lives without borders: Information and Communication Technology for People with Disabilities; Hong Kong.
  • Phuah, T. (2010, August). Complex Integrated Systems: A Model for Service Delivery and Support. Paper presented at the ARATA National Conference, Hobart, TAS.
  • Phuah, T. & Harraway, D. (2010, May). Why Mount? Mounting systems for positioning and access. Paper presented at Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference, Surfer's Paradise, QLD.
  • Phuah, T. (2003, April). Cancellation of older drivers' licences: The experience of occupational therapy driver assessors. Paper presented at the OT Australia 22nd National Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

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Community Engagement

Memberships and Affiliations
  • Current President of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA, see arata.org.au).
  • Founding member of the Albury-Wodonga paediatric occupational therapist special interest group.
  • National Secretary of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)
  • Co-moderator of #anzOTalk – A regular chat for occupational therapists and other allied health professionals on Twitter
  • Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA): arata.org.au
    #anzOTalk blog – anzotalk.wordpress.com

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