Associate Professor Melissa Nott

Associate Professor Melissa Nott

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy) Hons; PhD; GradCert (Learning & Teaching)

Melissa is a regionally based occupational therapist working with rural communities, health service users, families, health professionals and service providers. She has a strong background in collaborative and partnership-based research that focuses on translating evidence into healthcare practice, supporting health professionals to build sustainable research networks, co-design and co-production with community stakeholders, and evidencing impacts of healthcare initiatives.

Melissa has undertaken extensive research and occupational therapy practice development focusing on context-specific, person-centred approaches to clinical assessment and intervention. She has successfully supervised Higher Degree Research students from Honours to PhD, covering a wide range of research methodologies. She is an author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, including journal articles, book chapters and texts. She is a member of the Occupational Therapy Australia Scientific Committee and is committed to leading and supporting best research practice within the profession. Melissa provides mentoring to clinicians and early career researchers.

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Melissa joins Three Rivers from Charles Sturt University’s School of Community Health, where she taught and led research focusing on rural health, healthy ageing, management of chronic conditions and neurorehabilitation.

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Melissa has extensive experience in quantitative and mixed-methods research, including action participatory research approaches. She seeks to include stakeholders in collaboratively designed research with a focus on co-production and evaluation.

Her current research projects focus on:

  • Healthy ageing in rural communities
  • Early intervention for dementia
  • Telehealth and virtual care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Translational research
  • Cultural safety of healthcare with First Nations peoples.

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Professional memberships:

  • Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered occupational therapist

Research networks:

  • Ageing Well Research Group – Charles Sturt University
  • Occupational Performance Coaching Network
  • International PRPP Network (Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform)

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