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Miss Wendy Milgate Name: Miss Wendy Milgate
Lecturer (Occupational Therapy)
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (QLD)
Saint John Paul II Building(Bldg.212 - 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 2-Room2.26
Biographical Information

Wendy joined the school of allied health, bachelor of occupational therapy program in 2016 as a lecturer in occupational therapy.  She is the course coordinator as well as the professional practice coordinator for the Brisbane campus.

Wendy graduated as an occupational therapist in 1997 from the University of Queensland and has worked in hospital and acute settings for government and non-government agencies.  She is passionate about assistive technology, home modifications, rural, regional and remote services, indigenous health, working with adults and the older person and working with students with diverse learning needs.

She has further qualifications in driving assessment and rehabilitation, e-healthcare has a Masters in business administration and a graduate certificate in higher education.

She is currently undertaking her PhD investigating the student experience of failing a professional practice experience.

Roxburgh R, Hughes J, Milgate W. (2024). Using time diaries to inform occupational therapy practice for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An exploratory study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi:10.1177/03080226241249279
Milgate, W., Copley, J., & Hill, J. (2023). Failing professional practice placements in allied health: What do we understand about the student experience? A scoping review. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract.
Jonge, D., & Stevens, W. (2016). Capturing the True Value of Assistive Technologies to Consumers in Routine Outcome Measurement. Technologies, 4(4), 35.

Wendy regularly supervises research projects for the honours program with the following projects now completed:

Assistive Technology:

  • The impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on occupational therapy professional practice education placements in private practice in Queensland.
  • The role and supports for Client Service Officers in the delivery of assistive technology services in Australia.
  • Parent perspectives of using the Sameview app to coordinate care for their child with a disability.
  • What is the current scope of service in assistive technology practices for recently graduated occupational therapists working in Australia?
  • Challenges and considerations for providing assistive technology services in rural and remote regions of Australia

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis:

  • Could the National Institute of Health Activity Record (NIH ACTRE) be utilised to identify areas of occupational intervention for adults living with ME/CFS living in Australia?
  • Is there a role for Occupational Therapists with for people with Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis? Quantitative Study.
  • The role of Occupational Therapy for people with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. A qualitative study.

Professional Practice:

  • Consumer perspectives on occupational therapy student clinical placements 

Honours projects in progress:

  • How do undergraduate occupational therapy students perceive team-based learning in a dedicated assistive technology unit? A mixed methods study of a national cohort.

Wendy is an experienced academic with responsibility for developing and leading curricula updates and materials, team-based learning, as well as blended learning (face-to-face and online) study units. She has supervised Honours level research students.

Wendy's teaching has focused on professional practice, ageing, participation and health for older persons assessment and measurement in occupational therapy clinical counselling and groupwork, and assistive technologies.

Professional Memberships

Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)


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