Sara Brito

Phone: (03) 5122 6117
Position: Program Coordinator / Lecturer
Discipline: Occupational Therapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2021, Monash University
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, 2008, Curtin University
  • Master of Education, 2004, University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Science, 1998, Butler University, Indianapolis, USA

Teaching areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability/ injury
  • Assessment
  • Occupational therapy models and framework
  • Evidence-based practice

Professional associations


  • AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist (2012- present)
  • Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by Australian Hand Therapy Association) (2011- present)

    Committee participation:

    • Member of the AHT Credentialing Council (2021- present)
    • Education & Professional Development Sub-committee (2016 - 2020)
    • Digital Education Coordinator (2016- present)
  • OT Australia Member (2009- present)
    • Committee participation:
    • OT Australia Divisional Council Member 2010 & 2011.
    • Divisional Chair March- 2011.
    • ACT National Advisory Council representative 2011


  • Registered Occupational Therapist (USA) (2012- present)
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA) (2014-present)

Research interests

  • Disability
  • Qualitative studies
  • Psychosocial outcomes
  • Occupational adaptation
  • Teaching and learning


Journal Articles

Brito, S., Brown, T., Thomacos, N. (accepted, 2022). An exploratory study on participation following brachial plexus injury. Occupational Therapy in Health Care.

Brito, S., White, J., Hill, B., & Thomacos, N. (2022). Effective long-term management of brachial plexus injury following surgery: What is needed from hand therapists’ perspectives. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Unsworth, C. Baker, A., Brito, S., Das Neves, B., Dickson, N., Gohil, A., Kahandawa, G., Naweed, A., & Timmer, A. (2022). Views of American and Australian mobility device users and ambulant bus users regarding occupant restraint systems on public buses. Journal of Transport & Health25.

Brito, S., White, J., Thomacos, N., & Hill, B. (2021). The lived experience following free functioning  muscle transfer for management of pan-brachial plexus injury: reflections from a long-term follow-up study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1–9.

Brito, S., Thomacos, N., Hill, B., Brown, T. (2019) Patients’ experiences following severe  brachial plexus injury: A long-term, qualitative follow-up. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 66, 81.

Conference presentations

Occupational Therapy Australia (July 2019)

Combined12 Asia Pacific Federation of Societies of Hand Surgeons / 8 Asia Pacific Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (March 2020)

Australian Hand Therapy Association Annual Conference (August 2022)