Dr Tammy Aplin

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52649


Dr Aplin’s research focuses on the home environment in a range of health and social service contexts. This includes home modifications, occupational therapy community practice, home care and housing. Within these practice contexts her research fits within three themes, understanding, application and evaluation. 1) Understanding the experience of home or life at home and how it is impacted by services and social structures. 2) Applying findings to develop practice including assessment, interventions, practice models and training and 3) Evaluating current and developed practices within services.

A key area of research for Dr Aplin is home modification practice. Her PhD sought to understand the experience of home and how this influenced and is impacted by home modifications. Applying these findings, she developed two measurement instruments to inform decision making, and evaluate home modification practice. She has continued research into home modification practice along with other projects exploring the relationships between home and health and evaluating and developing services provided in the home including community OT practice and home care. Additionally, Tammy has research interests in assistive technology, including best practice in their provision.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Aplin, Tammy and Tanner, Bronwyn (2019). The home environment. In Elizabeth Ainsworth and Desleigh De Jonge (Ed.), An occupational therapists guide to home modification practice 2nd ed. (pp. 1-16) Thorofare, NJ, United States: SLACK Incorporated.

  • Ainsworth, Elizabeth, Aplin, Tammy, Gustafsson, Louise and de Jonge, Desleigh (2018). Literature Review: Home modification outcomes for older adults and adults with disabilities. In Ainsworth, Elizabeth and de Jonge, Desleigh (Ed.), An occupational therapist's guide to home modification practice 2nd ed. (pp. 313-335) Thorofare: SLACK Incorporated.

  • Tanner, Bronwyn, de Jonge, Desleigh and Aplin, Tammy (2012). Meanings of home for older people. In Susan J. Smith, Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Robyn Dowling (Ed.), The international encyclopaedia of housing and home (pp. 246-250) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00368-4

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