Dr Tomomi McAuliffe

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52084


Tomomi has worked in mental health practice, before changing the direction of her career to the tertiary education sector. As she worked with people who were mothers in clinical context, she became interested in the power of mothering role and occupation. This interest has led her to start her PhD study to investigate the family routine management and its everyday impact on mothers of children with autism. Other aspects of her research interests are single parenthood as well as rural and remote practice. With her PhD, she compared the experiences of mothers of children with autism using their household status (i.e., single versus couple) as well as region of residence (i.e., major city versus regional areas) to highlight the similarities and differences between these groups. She has presented her research both at national and international conferences.

Research Interests

  • Health and wellbeing of parents of children with a disability, in particular autism
    The main theme of my research is parental health and wellbeing, such as work participation, life balance, and management of additional responsibilities when there is a family member with a disability. Keywords: Mothers of children with autism, supporting and promoting health and wellbeing of mothers; co-designing supportive programs, advocating the needs of mothers; mothering occupation and roles; single mothers, family centred practice; family support; families of children with autism; family health and wellbeing
  • International students and their mental health
    The second research theme I am interested in is the mental health of university students, in particular, that of international students.
  • Intellectual disability
    I am interested in the area of intellectual disability. In particular, I am interested in how health professional education can prepare students to work with people with intellectual disability competently.
  • Family routines in the context of ASD
    I am interested in how health professionals incorporate family routines in designing their interventions when working with families of children with disability, in particular children with ASD. Keywords: Time-use of families of children with a disability; use of family routines in clinical practice; family routines management
  • Regional and remote practice
    Accessibility of services in regional and remote areas, in particular among families of children with a disability; impact on service delivery


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (HONS), James Cook University


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  • (2023) Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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