Professor Gail Whiteford

BAppSc; MHSc: PhD

Strategic Professor & Conjoint Chair, Allied Health and Community Wellbeing
Port Macquarie
Building 3013

Professor Whiteford is currently in the position of Strategic Professor/Conjoint Chair of Allied Health and Community Wellbeing a newly established position between the Mid North Coast LHD of NSW Health and CSU. Professor Whiteford has held several senior positions over time at universities in Australia and New Zealand and was Australia’s first Pro Vice Chancellor of Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. In her home discipline of Occupational Therapy she has been a thought leader, scholar and researcher for over two decades and enjoys an international profile. Professor Whiteford is currently project leader of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists project convening a team of researchers from around the world in research and initiatives aimed at exploring the links between occupational participation and wellbeing. She has been the recipient of a Canadian Award for her Outstanding Contribution to the profession internationally and in 2017 received one of Australia’s highest awards in occupational therapy, the Freda Jacobs Award. She is an inaugural Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy and is current Chair of the OTA Research Foundation.

Being in a research only, Conjoint role, position means Professor Whiteford only does sessional lectures for students in Allied Health.

  • Occupational Participation and Wellbeing
  • Occupational Deprivation
  • Allied Health Research
  • OT Australia
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Refereed Articles/Book chapters


  • Pereira, R., Whiteford, G. (2018). Advancing understandings of inclusion and participation through situated research. In N. Pollard, H. Van Bruggen & S. Kantarzis (Eds.). Occupation and Social Inclusion. London: Elsevier.
  • Whiteford, G., Jones, K., Rahal, C & Suleman, A. (2018). The Participatory Occupational Justice Framework as a tool for change: Three case narratives. Journal of Occupational Science Special Edition on Occupational Justice, September 2018.
  • Whiteford, G., Jones, K., Rahal, C, & Suleman, A. (2018). El marco de Justicia Occupational Participativa como herramienta de cambio: Descripcion y contraste de tres casos. Journal of Occupational Science Special Edition on Occupational Justice, September 2018.
  • Pizarro, E., & Whiteford G. (2018) Identifying new forms of occupational injustice: Occupational displacement. Journal of Occupational Science Special Edition on Occupational Justice, September 2018.
  • Pizarro, E., & Whiteford, G. (2018). Entendiendo la justicia occupational desde el concepto de territorio una propuesta para la ciencia de la occupacion. Occupational Science Special Edition on Occupational Justice, September, 2018
  • Whiteford, G; Jones, K; Weekes, G, Perkes, D. (In revision). Combatting occupational deprivation and advancing occupational justice: A practice based enquiry approach. British Journal of Occupational Therapy


  • Whiteford, G. (2017). Participation in higher education as social inclusion: An occupational perspective. Journal of Occupational Science 24 (1) 54-63.
  • Whiteford, G., Hunter, J., Jamie, J., Pitson, R., Brecekenridge, D., Yaegyl Elders, Vemulpad, S., Harrington, D & Jamie, I. (2017). The River of Learning: building relationships in a university, school and community indigenous widening participation collaboration. Higher Education Research and Development DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1325845
  • Whiteford, G., Townsend, E., Bryanton, O., Wicks, A., Pereira, R. (2017). The participatory occupational justice framework: Salience across contexts. In N. Pollard & D. Sakellariou (Eds.) Occupational Therapies Without Borders, 3rd Edition. London: Elsevier.
  • Whiteford, G., Stanley, M., Todd, E. (2017). Occupational Science in Australia. In S. Isbel & T. Brown (Eds.) Foundations of Occupational Therapy. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Whiteford, G., Cairnduff, A., Tregale, R., Stoddard, J., O’Donnell, C., (2017). Building Bridges: The story behind Australia’s largest widening participation initiative. In M. Shah & G. Whiteford (Eds.) Bridges, Pathways and Transitions: International Innovations in Widening Participation. London: Chandos/Elsevier.
  • Singh, S., Whiteford, G., & Tregale, R. (2017).Creating alternate futures: The refugee mentoring program. In M. Shah & G. Whiteford (Eds.) Bridges, Pathways and Transitions: International Innovations in Widening Participation. London: Chandos/Elsevier.
  • Chapman, E., & Whiteford, G. (2017). Supporting indigenous students through the university experience: The elder in residence program. In M. Shah & G. Whiteford (Eds.) Bridges, Pathways and Transitions: International Innovations in Widening Participation. London: Chandos/Elsevier.


  • Mackaway, J., Carter, L., Winchester Seto, T., & Whiteford, G. (2016). Inclusive participation and community engagement: An experience for all students. In J. Sachs & L. Clark (Eds.) Learning Through Community Engagement pp. 199-214. Springer: Singapore.


  • Perkes, D. & Whiteford, G (2015). Occupation focussed practice in justice and forensic mental health: A practice based enquiry approach. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin


  • Whiteford, G. (2014). Enacting occupational justice in research and policy development: Highlighting the experience of occupational deprivation in forced migration. In D. Pierce (Ed.) Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy. P. 158-169. Thorofare NJ: Slack.
  • Reed, R., King, A., & Whiteford, G. (2014). Re-conceptualising sustainable widening participation: evaluation, collaboration and evolution. Higher Education Research and Development, Oct :
  • 2013Whiteford, G., Suleman, A., & Miles, B. B. (2013).Supporting Transition from School to University for Refugee Youth: A Case Study of Targeted Mentoring. In K. De Gioia and P. Whiteman (Eds). Children and Childhoods 3: Immigrant and Refugee Families p.135-152. UK: Cambridge Scholars
  • Periera, R. & Whiteford, G (2013). Understanding social inclusion as an international discourse: Implications for enabling participation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 76 (2) 112-115
  • Suleman, A., & Whiteford, G. (2013).Understanding Occupational Transitions in Forced Migration: The Importance of Life Skills in Early Refugee Resettlement .Journal of Occupational Science. 1-10
  • Whiteford, G., Shah, M., & Nair, S. (2013) Equity and Excellence Are Not Mutually Exclusive: A Discussion of Academic Standards in an Era of Widening Participation. Quality Assurance in Education, 21 (3), 299-310.


  • Wilding, C., Curtin, M. & Whiteford, G. (2012). Enhancing occupational therapists’ confidence and professional development through a community of practice scholars. AOTJ 59, 312-381
  • Whiteford, G (2012). Phronesis, Aporia and Qualitative Research. In Elizabeth Ann Kinsella and Allan Pitman (Eds): Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions p.87-200. Rotterdam: Sense
  • Whiteford, G. & Periera, R. (2012). Occupation, inclusion and participation: Gail E Whiteford and Clare Hocking (Eds): Occupational Science – Society, Inclusion, Participation p.187-201. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell


  • Whiteford, G. (2011). What is an Interprofessional Health Care team Anyway: S. Kitto, Janice Chesters, Jill Thistlethwaite and Scott Reeves: Sociology of Interprofessional Health Care Practice: Critical Reflections and Concrete Solutions p39-53. New York: Nova Scotia
  • Whiteford, G. (2011). Editorial. Retrospective Insights. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 72(12)
  • Whiteford, G. (2011). Utopian visions/dystopian realities: Exploring practice and taking action to enable human rights and occupational justice in a hospital context. AOTJ 58, 378-385
  • Whiteford, G. (2011). Participatory Occupational Justice Framework (POJF 2010): enabling occupational participation and inclusion. F. Kronenberg, N. Pollard, D. Sakellariou (Eds): Occupational Therapies Without Borders p65-84. London: Churchill Livingstone


  • Ziviani, J., Desha, N., Poulson, A. & Whiteford, G. (2010). Positioning engagement in the prevention science agenda for childhood obesity. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 57 439-446
  • Whiteford, G. (2010). Occupation in Context. M. Curtin, M. Molineux, J. Supyk-Mellson (Eds). Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction, Enabling Occupation: Churchill Livingstone 135-149


  • Whiteford, G. (2009). Problematising Life Balance – Difference, Diversity and Disadvantage. In Kathleen Matuska, Charles Christiansen (Eds). New Jersey: AOTA Press and SLACK Inc 23-31
  • Whiteford, G., Wilding, C., Curtin, M. (2009). Writing as Practice Inquiry: Towards a Scholarship of Practice. In Joy Higgs, Debbie Horsfall and Sandra Grace (eds). Writing Qualitative Research on Practice. Rotterdam: Sense 27-36
  • Whiteford, G. (2009). Reflexion uber Handeln, Bedetung und Kontext. In I Winkelmann (ed). Handwerk in der Ergotherapie Stuttgart: Thieme 356-360
  • Wilding, C., & Whiteford, G. (2009). From practice to praxis: reconnecting moral vision with philosophical underpinnings. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2009 72(10) 434-441.
  • Whiteford, G. (2009). Occupational Deprivation: Understanding Limited Participation. In Christiansen, C. & Townsend, E., (Eds.) Occupation: The Art and Science of Living . New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 303-328.
  • Higgs, J., McAllister, L. & Whiteford, G. (2009). The practice and praxis of professional decision making. In B. Green (Ed.) Understanding and researching Professional Practice. Rotterdam: Sense 101-120.
  • Wiseman, L., & Whiteford, G. (2009). Understanding Occupational Transitions: A Study of Older Men’s Retirement Experiences. In Journal of Occupational Science 16(2) 104-109.
  • Kinsella, Elizabeth A., & Whiteford, G. (2009). Knowledge generation and utilisation in occupational therapy: Towards epistemic reflexivity. Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy 56, 249-258.
  • Van Huet, H., Innes, E; & Whiteford, G (2009). Living and doing with chronic pain: Narratives of pain program participants. In Journal Disability and Rehabilitation, 2009 31(24) 231-240

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