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Ms Karen Long


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3592
Mobile: 0407 686 410
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.256  

Karen is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Her teaching roles include student placement coordinator and also lecturing in Hand Rehabilitation.   

Current Teaching

  • OCT2203 Applied Kinesiology
  • OCT2108 Clinical Science 4
  • OCT3108 Clinical Science 5
  • OCT4213 Clinical Science 6
  • OCT4214 Clinical Science 7


Karen has worked as an occupational therapist for over thirty years and has been involved with teaching occupational therapy students for the last ten years.   Karen has worked in teaching hospitals in Perth and Darwin and has also worked within community based private practice settings. Her teaching experiences include a focus upon fieldwork education, hand and upper limb rehabilitation, splinting and kinesiology.

Professional Associations

  • Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Member of Occupational Therapy Australia, Western Australia
  • Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Member of the Hands Interest Group WA
  • Registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA)

Awards and Recognition 

  • 2015 Western Australia Occupational Therapy Association Lorna Sherlock Award
    For nurturing abilities and encouragement of colleagues
  • 2013 Unijobs Lecture of the Year Award
    Voted fifth best lecturer at Edith Cowan University
  • 2010 Unijobs Lecture of the Year Award
    Voted fifth best lecturer at Curtin University
  • 2010 awarded best member contribution
    For clinical case study published in the Australian Hand Therapy member publication.
  • 2009 Premier Service Award Sir Charles Gairdner
    Awarded as a staff member of the Occupational Therapy Hand Clinic
  • 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award Curtin University
    Awarded as a member of the Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Team

Research Areas and Interests

  • How to effectively prepare students for placement
  • Using simulation in teaching
  • Splinting and hand rehabilitation


  • Postgrad Diploma in Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, 2000.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1982.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Liddiard, K., Batten, R., Wang, Y., Long, K., Wallis, A., Brown, C. (2017). Job Club: A Program to Assist Occupational Therapy Students' Transition to Practice. Education Sciences, 7(3), Article no. 70.
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