Dr Katie Hammill


Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Science & Health


Dr Kathrine (Katie)  Hammill is a registered occupational therapist who graduated from Western Sydney University in 2005 with First Class Honours. After graduation Katie held a variety of clinical and managerial positions within South Western Sydney Local Health District. She commenced at Western in 2014 as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Science and Health, while completing her PhD, which was conferred in December 2015.

When working as an occupational therapist, Katie identified that there was a lack of evidence to guide occupational therapy practice in palliative care and oncology. This led her to complete her PhD which was a mixed-methods study exploring the scope of practice of palliative care occupational therapy in Australia, and the professional reasoning used by occupational therapists working with people living with life-limiting illnesses.

Since the completion of her PhD, Katie’s research agenda has been predominately driven by her clinical experiences in palliative care, oncology, lymphoedema, chronic illness and rehabilitation. Katie aims to positively impact the health, well-being, and quality of life of people living with life-limiting and chronic illnesses through her research. More recently, Katie is leading innovative research into the experiences of carers and adoptive parents who look after children with life-limiting illnesses in care, and trauma informed occupational therapy practice in conjunction with Dr Stacy Blythe from the School of Midwifery and Nursing.

Katie has expertise in qualitative research design and analysis. She has experience conducting grounded theory, thematic analysis, phenomenology, and video ethnography as well as survey design and implementation.

At Western, Katie co-ordinates and teaches across a number of occupational therapy units, with a focus on occupation and ageing, palliative care, and occupation and the environment. Katie enjoys mentoring research students, and presenting and publishing her research findings both nationally and internationally.

Research Interests

  • Chronic illness
  • Lymphoedema
  • Occupational therapy
  • Oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Student education
  • Foster and Adoption
  • Trauma Informed Care


  • Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care Steering Committee
  • National Advisory Group Member for the Palliative Care Education Collaboration
  • Invited Occupational Therapy Australia Palliative Care Representative

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BApps(Hons)OT University of Western Sydney
  • Certificate IV: Frontline Management, Sydney South West Area Health Service
  • Western Sydney University, Women’s Fellowship Award
  • Western Sydney University, Early Career Researcher Fellowship Award
  • Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Development Award

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3340
LocationBuilding 24, Campbelltown