Rachel Brough

Rachel Brough

Research Fellow, The Hopkins Centre

Professional Biography

Rachel has been an Occupational Therapist for 25 years. Through her roles as a Clinical Advisor at MASS (Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme), Queensland Health and Support Planner for NIISQ (National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland), Rachel has worked at the junction of individual clinical needs within the context of service delivery models of these statewide schemes responsible for funding assistive technology and other treatment, care and support for Queenslanders.

Research Expertise

Rachel completed a qualitative PhD exploring how mothers shape the context of young children’s play. More recently, she has contributed to a number of Hopkins Centre projects researching assistive technology use and the transition from hospital to home.

Research Area of Interest

As a clinical Occupational Therapist and qualitative researcher, Rachel is passionate about collaborating with people to ensure that research and clinical practices are relevant to real needs. She is especially interested in researching people’s lived experiences in the period of transition from hospital to home and in people’s experiences using assistive technology.

Before becoming a researcher, Rachel was a community OT working in the UK and South East Queensland. She continues to work across the clinical and research space in her roles at MASS, Queensland Health and The Hopkins Centre.

What do you do for fun/in your spare time? 

Rachel enjoys walking with family and friends, from short strolls to multi-day hikes. She is also a jigsaw puzzle fiend.


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